I am Emmanuel Jose,
a software engineer
& artist based in
New York City.
As a neurodivergent developer, artist, and lifelong learner, my passion is putting people first.
With a background in fine art, psychology, biopharma, and crowdfunding, I offer a powerful blend of leadership, innovation, and foresight.
I'm a dedicated advocate for inclusion and diversity, and I'm committed to empowering and amplifying underserved voices.
You can find me at the cafe with my pups, Coco & Dottie.Download CV
- Project Management,
- Community Building,
- Fine Art & Illustration
Artist and Kickstarter Campaign Manager
Freelance / Self-employed
December 2010 - Present, NC and NY
Raised over $100,000 with successful project management of Kickstarter and BackerKit campaigns.
Managed transactions, orders, and technical support for over 2,500 customers, patrons, and stakeholders.
Fulfilled backer orders ahead of schedule by 6-12 weeks per campaign to customers in 30+ countries.
Illustrated 2015 children's book Boris the Christmas Tarantula.
Senior Lab Support Technician
November 2005 - December 2012, Raleigh, NC
Reduced department turnaround time by 60% through troubleshooting, process optimization, schedule management, and project oversight.
Trained and upskilled colleagues in 4 departments on laboratory, cold room, warehouse, safety, and compliance 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.
Forged one-to-one and group peer support and coordinated community building across 3 cohorts.
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.
From Art to Tech,
I'm wired to Create.
I build polished projects with a focus on performance, accessibility, and beauty.
- #StopAsianHateStart Asian Love
- HTML, CSSAgile 101
- HTML, CSSDesign Patterns 101
- #StopAsianHateModel Minority Myth
- 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
- KickstarterCustom Playing Cards
Eye-onic Reading is a lightweight version of the Bionic Reading system, wherein fixation points of words and sentences are boldened to enhance reading. Text can be generated for examples, and formatted text can be downloaded as a PDF document.
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.
Repo • Video Demo • Live Site
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.
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.
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.
Custom Playing Cards
Kickstarter, BackerKit, Paper-cut artwork.
I designed a series of custom playing cards that were printed by the US Playing Card Company. To fund their production, I launched and managed crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Backerkit.
From the technical to the personal, I strive for authenticity and depth.
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.