My name is Chris Peak and I am a designer & web developer.

I love solving problems & building things. I specialize in front end development, working in multiple frameworks and languages, most recently diving deep into React + Typescript. I am a Principal Designer at 8th Light. When not in front of my laptop I enjoy photography, working on vintage Apple computers, and riding my recumbent bike.

Writing

September 23, 2022

Workspace Upgrades

April 08, 2022

Apple Extended Keyboard II

January 12, 2022

Reviving an Apple IIe

October 29, 2021

Madison WI to Yorkville IL Bike Tour

July 01, 2021

Linear LWB vs SWB

January 22, 2021

Why Recumbents?

August 25, 2020

LEGO ISS

August 26, 2019

Terminal Tips

August 20, 2019

console.log('is my hero')

August 15, 2019

ngrok

About

I fell in love with computers at an early age - fiddling with BASIC on my dad's Apple II, learning Pascal and C++ in High School, and then moving on to HTML which better suited my interests. As the web matured I kept up with the technologies, learning CSS (and SCSS), Javascript, JQuery, and eventually modern tools like React. I strive to design clean, accessible, and beautiful websites & applications.

I've been lucky enough to work on a diverse palette of projects - from independent record companies and tiny startups, to major insurance companies, law firms, globally recognized art museums, and Fortune 100s.

I pride myself on being able to step into legacy codebases without previous exposure and almost immediately start delivering work. Having both freelanced and consulted for over a decade I have seen, touched, written in, and worked on more systems than I can count. I am comfortable working from small marketing sites to full-on enterprise level applications. It's not often you find a designer who uses VIM on a daily basis.

Additionally I have experience in UX Design, UI Design, branding, illustration, and even conference organization and hosting. I am proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Sketch.

When I'm not working I enjoy photography, astronomy, hiking, riding my recumbent bike, playing my Gretsch, and spending time with my family.

Graphic Design

Just Enuff band logo and branding
Just Enuff band logo
Fusion Extreme Cheerleading logo and branding
Fusion Extreme Cheerleading logo
Fox Valley Astronomical Association logo
Fox Valley Astronomical Association logo
Polyglot LA logo and branding
Polyglot LA logo
Orin USA logo, rebrand, and website
Orin USA logo and identity
Brainsocket.io concept design
Brain Socket IO