Brandon Varner

๐ŸŒš Hello! Welcome to my site.

Software Developer and Communications Expert

๐Ÿ“œ Get to Know Me

I'm a Chicago resident who grew up in Alabama, where I worked in news, communications, and even school bus driving before learning to code.

I learned React.js, Node.js, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the Innovate Bham coding bootcamp. Since then, I've earned professional experience in React Native, Google Firebase, and Next.js, and now I'm working to learn Python. This site is built with three.js and Vite.

I'm currently available for contract work and full-time employment! I'm most interested in coding roles, but I'd love to bring my comms skills along for the ride.

๐Ÿ“‚ Projects

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A Netflix clone with everything but the movies. Authentication and Data handled by Google Firebase, built in React.js with Styled Components.

Next.js Blog

A blog built in Next.js with Tailwind CSS. Data served from a local api, and authors randomized for each article.

React Bootstrap Weather App

A weather app built with React and Bootstrap, pulls weather data for the first matching city from the Openweather API.

Spotify Clone

A small Spotify clone with streaming music sourced from the Internet Archive. Built in React Native with TypeScript and a GraphQL API on AWS Amplify.

๐Ÿ’พ Selected Work History

Software Engineer

February 2022 - September 2022

โ— Combined knowledge of several frameworks and APIs to help this start-up succeed, including React Native, Firebase, Mailgun, Next.js, and more.

โ— Helped build a customer-facing mobile app, a mobile app for delivery drivers, and a web app for the administrative side of the business.

Freelance Writer

October 2019 - Present

โ— Produced the bulk of content each week for CareerKarma.comโ€™s revenue-leading paid content division for over a year

โ— Operating a blog,, with guest writers and assorted pop-culture content

โ— Collaborating with businesses to produce high-quality copy under tight deadlines

Communications Manager

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc.
June 2018 - June 2019

โ— Worked in tandem with our Communications Director on projects such as press releases, general research and writing articles for the site as well as opposition research

โ— Co-managed organizational messaging efforts, which included drafting and delivering emails to tens of thousands of subscribers through our internal system and providing light graphic design work

โ— Managed the organizationโ€™s social media and social media advertisements, generating copy and answering questions from the public submitted via Facebook Messenger

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