Complete Website Rebuild.

Kum & Go

Complete Website Rebuild.

Project Overview

Kum & Go recently underwent a massive transition and rebranding of their loyalty program. Working with the Figma design system created by their awesome UI/UX team, I completely rebuilt the Kum & Go public website from scratch within a tight deadline of four weeks, saving the company over $600,000 per year.

Project Background

Kum & Go was acquired by Maverik, one of the largest convenience store chains in the United States, in August 2023. During the following months, the two brands began to merge loyalty programs.

In February 2024, as contracts with vendors were sunsetting, we had a tight deadline to move the public website to the same internal server as maverik.com. I built the entire site with CMS integration in less than four weeks.

Cost v. Cost

The original website was built using Next.js, React, and Contentful by two groups of contractors. They built the old website in 18 months, and the combined contractor fees and enterprise services cost the company over $1,000,000.

Ongoing maintenance, updates, and vendor contracts would cost over $600,000 annually. So, the company decided to eliminate the ongoing expenses and bring everything in-house.

A Fresh Perspective

I didn’t have access to the original codebase, so I worked with the UX/UI designers at Kum & Go to interpret the Figma design system and translate it to CSS within a fresh new codebase.

Though the original website was built with Next.js, React, and Contentful, I built the new website using Astro, which I find to be faster and more user-friendly than Next.js in many ways. The original plan was to continue using Contentful for dynamic data, but the company ultimately decided to eliminate Contentful and use Astro Content Collections as the content management system. The site architecture changed, but the functionality remained the same.

Despite the tight deadline, I rebuilt the website with full functionality and CMS integration using industry-standard practices, saving the company over $600,000 in annually recurring costs.

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Nick Bravo

Designer. Developer. Problem solver.

PERFORMANCE PROFILE

Web designer and developer with teamwork and leadership experience. Launched projects with tight deadlines by structuring project requirements efficiently. Produced high-performing, converting websites, digital products, and front ends with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Strong Proficiency in Figma and Visual Studio Code, mastery of Adobe XD, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.

EXPERIENCE

PRINCIPAL WEB DEVELOPER

MAVERIK / 2023 - PRESENT
  • As the principal (and only) web developer, I architect the entirely new codebase of all web properties for Kum & Go and Maverik one of the largest convenience store chains in the United States.
  • Completely rebuilt Kum & Go's website (including CMS and API integration) from scratch in less than four weeks as part of an expedited loyalty rebrand.

WEB DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

ASTROPOST / 2022 - PRESENT
  • I help clients build high-performing web architectures with headless CMS integration.

ADJUNCT FACULTY - WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE / 2023 - PRESENT
  • I teach intermediate to advanced UI/UX and web design and development courses.

FREELANCE DESIGNER / DEVELOPER

FREELANCE / 2007 - 2022
  • I built engaging websites, user interfaces, visual identities, digital products, and online assets.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEB DEVELOPER

8FISH / 2008 - 2009
  • Elevated brands by designing websites, graphics, social media content, and other digital assets.

POLICE OFFICER

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH POLICE DEPARTMENT / 2021 - 2023
  • Spearheaded educational and community outreach campaigns as the liaison between the police department and the marketing department.

POLICE DETECTIVE

PRICE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT / 2015 - 2021
  • Developed and oversaw a comprehensive training program. Impacted lives through empathetic communication and complete criminal investigations.

POLICE LIEUTENANT

WELLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT / 2010 - 2015
  • Improved transparency and community relationships by building the department’s first website and social media channels and generating timely press releases.

EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE / DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY

FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
  • GPA 3.99 / VALEDICTORIAN

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE / GRAPHIC DESIGN

COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH

HARD SKILLS

  • Graphic / Layout Design
  • Product Design
  • UI/UX Design
  • Adobe XD
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Figma
  • HTML / CSS / JavaScript
  • Typescript
  • SASS / SCSS / PostCSS
  • Node.js
  • Git and CI/CD
  • GraphQL / RestAPI
  • Content Management
  • Web Accessibility

SOFT SKILLS

  • Problem Solving
  • Visual Content Creation
  • Decision Making
  • Team Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Presentations