I am Emmanuel Jose,
a software engineer
& artist based in
New York City.
Developer, Artist, and Lifelong Learner with a passion for putting people first. I have a background in fine art, psychology, biopharmaceuticals, and crowdfunding, which have equipped me with creativity, forward planning, and thoughtful attention to people's needs.
I'm an advocate for inclusion and diversity, and I'm dedicated to empowering and amplifying underserved voices.
You can find me at the local dog cafe with my two rescue pups, Coco and Dottie.Download CV
- Project Management,
- Community Building,
- Fine Art & Illustration
- Ruby on Rails,
Artist and Illustrator
Freelance / Self-employed
December 2010 - Present, NC and NY
Managed three successful Kickstarter campaigns totaling over $100,000 for self-designed decks of cards printed by the US Playing Card Company.
Orchestrated complete fulfillment of backer orders from over 30 countries ahead of schedule by six to twelve weeks per Kickstarter campaign.
Amassed over 13,000 Instagram followers through content creation, social media engagement, solo art shows, and mastery of paper-cutting art and photorealistic animal portraiture.
Illustrated 2015 children's book Boris the Christmas Tarantula.
Lab Support Technician
November 2005 - December 2012, Raleigh, NC
Reduced department turnaround time by 60% through troubleshooting, streamlining of workflow processes, and management of department schedules.
Trained colleagues in four departments in the areas of data entry, specimen accessioning and processing, pipetting, chart recorders, and laboratory protocols.
Software Engineer Fellow - NYC Tech Talent Pipeline
July - November 2020, New York, NY
Chosen by the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline as one of 75 full scholarship recipients in a Web Development Fellowship for underserved and underrepresented talent in tech.
Provided one-to-one and group peer support; Fostered community relations by organizing study sessions, workshops, and meetup events.
B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Studio Art
August 2002 - May 2006, Davidson, NC
Curriculum included Advanced Painting, Eastern Art History, Social Psychology, I-O Psychology, Gender & Identity.
Team Leader for Room in the Inn and Head Resident Adviser & Hall Counselor; Recipient of Residence Life Staff Member of the Year Award for outstanding commitment to community programming.
Programming is Art,
and Creating is in my DNA.
I love finding ways to weave together function, creative expression, and beauty into every project no matter how large or small.
- #StopAsianHateModel Minority Myth
- #StopAsianHateStart Asian Love
- Next.jsGlobal Metrics
- Ruby on RailsCozy Nation
- Rails, React, ReduxBombastic
- Next.jsCrypto Tracker
- Next.jsDog Day News
- ArtworkBespoke Portraits
- ArtworkSwan Lake
- ArtworkFrida Kahlo: Queen of Hearts
Model Minority Myth
As a way of beginning to articulate my thoughts about recent anti-Asian hate crimes, I worked on this small project to highlight the "model minority" myth, which is a dangerous and monolithic perception of Asians.
Start Asian Love
Start Asian Love is a website that Waverley Leung, Sandy Dai, Daniel Kwon, and I created in response to rising anti-Asian racism and violence. In support of the #StopAsianHate movement, Start Asian Love provides resources to combat racism and celebrates Asian excellence.
The Global Metrics app fetches from the REST Countries API to display, sort, and filter countries. The site is responsive, has light and dark modes, and I learned to implement keyboard-only navigation for enhanced accessibility.
Ruby, Ruby on Rails, CSS
Cozy Nation was the first Ruby on Rails app I created at Flatiron School. With my project partner Dong Xia, we made Cozy Nation to allow users to book playdates with, write reviews for, and adopt rescue animals.
Ruby on Rails, React, Redux, Stripe API
I love the sock apparel brand Bombas, which donates clothes to homeless shelters for every item purchased. For my Flatiron School capstone project, I made a mock e-commerce app inspired by Bombas wherein users can login, browse and purchase items, and view order history.
Next.js, CoinGecko API
With cryptocurrency in the news, I worked on this crypto tracker to further understand Next.js and the rise of blockchain technology. The Crypto Tracker app fetches from the CoinGecko API and displays the top 100 cryptocurrencies in the world.
Wes Anderson Calendar
To further understand CSS and UX/UI design, I gave a makeover to an existing calendar Codepen. I styled the calendar after one of my favorite films, The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson.
Dog Day News
Next.js, News API
Dog Day News is the first Next.js app I've created, and it fetches articles from the News API. As a proud dog dad, I gave the app a dog theme and filtered for articles related to dogs and pets.
Speech Recognition Keyboard
I always wanted to create a virtual keyboard, but tutorials lacked responsiveness and aesthetic appeal. I watched great Russian tutorials from the Rolling Scopes School that uses the Web Speech API for speech recognition capabilities. To elevate the design, I applied photorealistic CSS to emulate an Apple magic keyboard.
Spectrum Mouse Trail
I love using code as a medium for self-expression, and this simple mouse trail effect was (and still is) a reminder for me to enjoy the journey. The mouse trail uses the Canvas API and the <canvas> html element.
Bas-relief paper-cut and color pencil artwork.
After adopting my rescue dogs in 2016, I started making paper-cut pet portraits. This is a bespoke memorial portrait of my friend's beloved dog, Rosebud.
Bas-relief paper-cut artwork.
Dancers inspire me, and this is a paper-cut sculpture of The Royal Ballet principal dancer Matthew Ball in Matthew Bourne’s incredible production of Swan Lake.
Frida Kahlo: Queen of Hearts
Bas-relief paper-cut artwork.
Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists, and for several years, I designed paper-cut playing cards. This is the second of a series of Kahlo works I've made.
I'm not a blog writer.
I'm something more than that.
What you find when reading my writing is a reflection of who I am as person:
Introspective and personal at times but always thorough with authenticity.
README a Makeover Story
I had a Github profile that looked like a big blank page. After graduating from Flatiron School, my attention became divided, my coding habits stopped, and my Github contribution tiles became as white as my bathroom floor...
e-Manual by Emmanuel: Part 1
If you’re about to graduate or have recently graduated from a coding bootcamp program, Congratulations! You’re on your way to the rest of your life...
Everything is Beautiful, but I miss the Ugly
Recognizing Your Creative Power in Coding
I miss Art. I miss the pre-pandemic days of viewing art in a gallery or a museum, and I miss the days of seeing dancers, musicians, and performers at their best...
Coming Out and Opening Doors in the World of Tech
As an Asian man, I see myself somewhat represented in the STEM fields. However, as a gay Asian man (a “gaysian” ) that is part of the LGBTQ community, I don’t see much of myself represented at all...
// Say Hello
There are solutions to be discovered,
and I can help light the path.
Let's get started.