something about me

Let me start with my name, "Sumet" also known as "Ben" Viwatmanitsakul. I graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) with a BFA in art, majoring in Graphic design, received a second bachelor degree in Computer Science (BSCS) and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree from Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU). My first degree was in Commercial Art, from Thai Vichitsilp Art College in Bangkok.

Over the years I've worked in a number of different fields, starting in the travel industry in Bangkok, managing a sales team at Maximums Aviation and working on design of advertising, marketing and sales materials. In 2004, I moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii, majoring in graphic design. At UHM, I was chosen for the Hawaiian Graphics Design award by the faculty in 2008, the year I graduated from UH. Following this, I worked for a year as a graphic designer at the East-West Center developing the themes, graphics materials and documents for the Analysis and Advocacy project, an international collaboration on strengthening AIDS responses.

I've always had an interest in technology and while working at the East-West Center I also took classes in web design and programming. The explosive growth in computers and mobile devices made me realize that combining my graphics design abilities with computer skills would give me a competitive advantage. So, I signed up at Hawaii Pacific University to get a degree in Computer Science and then followed that with a Master's degree in Information Systems. During my time in school, I served as team leader for numerous web design projects with both the State of Hawaii and with private firms, such as Designing with Light. I really enjoyed both the management and technical aspects of this kind of work. While enrolled in my coursework I've taken on a number of internship positions, including one at Design Research Corporation in Honolulu, where I’ve now been working over 4 years doing user interface design.

My goal is to continue pursuing a career in innovative interface design and software development that allows me to use my computer and graphic design skills to the fullest and to keep learning as technology changes in the future.

ben viwatmanitsakul

Front-End Developer | UX/UI Developer | Web Developer


To build a career at an innovative company that applies my technical programming skills and web design abilities to contribute to product development and user interfaces that provide superior user experiences, excellent application workflows and high customer satisfaction.


  • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu – MSIS Master of Science in Information Systems, 2013 (With Distinction)
  • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu – BS Computer Science, 2012 (Summa Cum Laude)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu – BFA Graphic Design, 2008 (With Distinction)
  • Thai Vichitsilp Art College, Bangkok – Commercial Arts, 1996


UIX Team Lead & UI Designer/Developer, Decision Research Corporation
Honolulu – 2012-present

  • Guide UIX team to maintain consistent design across product line
  • Mentor and guide newly-hired developers to bring them up to speed
  • Function as gatekeeper to ensure quality and functionality of submitted codes
  • Analyze customer requirements to formulate time and manpower estimates
  • Design the structure of the UI components of the software, select appropriate technologies, develop Hi-Fi mockups, then develop associated UI components
  • Design UI custom features to match customer needs and streamline workflows
  • Troubleshoot systems to identify errors or deficiencies and develop solutions
  • Ensure browser cross-compatibility and improve browser caching with bundling and minification
  • Deployed a Drupal7 based CMS with custom adaptive theme
  • Developed new branding identity for DRC, its website and its products

Intern, State of Hawaii, Office of Information Management and Technology
Honolulu – Spring 2013

  • Dynamically led student project team (Project Manager and Technical Lead) to implement State projects:
    • Open Data Initiative to visualize State open source database with Highcharts
    • Analysis and visualization of State of Hawaii 2013-2015 Fiscal Budget
    • Authoring data submission forms for Department of Agriculture livestock movement database

Team Leader & Developer, Capstone Project, HPU
Honolulu – Spring 2012

  • Led design and implementation of website for interior design company, Designing with Light, (
  • Created company logo and business stationery
  • Managed project team throughout the systems development life cycle (SDLC)

Graphics Assistant, East-West Center
Honolulu – 2009-2010

  • Designed theme, data presentation graphics, layout and typesetting for multinational Analysis and Advocacy Project

Freelance Designer, Tinfish Press
Honolulu – 2008-2011

  • Designed, produced, and press checked several publications using Adobe Creative Suite

Technical Expertise

  • Web Design: HTML5, CSS3, Razor, Bootstrap, Sass, JavaScript, Angular5, Typescript2, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Validation, jQuery Visualize, Highcharts, DataTable, Validation-Engine, WZTooltip
  • Computer Programming: Java, C#, SQL (Oracle), MS SQL, MySQL
  • Software Development: Agile development (UP, XP, Scrum), traditional predictive and adaptive approaches (Waterfall, Spiral), IEEE standards (SPMP)
  • Platforms: MVC.NET, ASP.NET, MS SQL, IIS, Apache, TFS, GIT, Drupal, and Ext.NET
  • IDEs: Visual Studio 2012, NetBeans, WebMatrix, and Unity3D
  • UML and PM Software: IBM Rational Rose, MS Visio, FatFree, MS Project
  • Graphics: Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver



  • HPU dean’s list 2010 to 2013
  • UHM dean’s list 2006 to 2008
  • KCC dean’s list 2004 and 2005

Featured graphics design work

  • Design School Confidential by Steve Heller
  • Writing Design: Words and Objects by Chae Ho Lee edited by Grace Lees-Maffei
  • James Craig’s website at
  • Logo designed for Sheraton hotel chain restaurant, Kai Market

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