Hey!
My name is
Lara Schenck.

Let's Go šŸ‘

Before we begin...

I built this page as a interactive, not-too-long, choose-your-own-adventure-esque reading experience to help you get to know me from afar.

I recommend using the buttons (it's satisfying!) but feel free to scroll if you'd rather.

Roger that šŸ¤˜

It's
L - A - R - A.

You know, like Lara Croft, Tomb Raider?
Or like the Lara from Dr. Zhivago?

I guess that depends on your generation ;).

Heh, okay šŸ‘Œ
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What do I do?

I do some cool things Iā€™d like to tell you about, but I don't want to bog you down with jargon if you're not into it.

Are you a tech person šŸ–„ or non-tech person šŸ“?

Techie

Greetings, fellow tech person!

I focus on three things: CSS, WordPress, and exploring the role of programming fundamentals in front-end development.

By weekday, I work as a Design Engineer at Penske Media Corporation, building out a design system for big WordPress VIP websites like the Rolling Stone and Variety.

By weekend, and the occasional early morning, I write about my design systems work on my blog, and I explore the parallels between CSS and programming concepts by way of my ongoing talk, The Algorithms of CSS.

Non-Techie

I build websites!

More specifically, the "front-end" of websites.

The front end of a website is what you see on a web page, rather than the behind-the-scenes code that powers the functionality and data (a.k.a. the back-end), although I do a bit of that side, too.

My official job is a Design Engineer at Penske Media Corporation, the umbrella company for big brands like the Rolling Stone and Variety. As a Design Engineer, I work at the intersection of design and development, creating tools and processes to help each side better communicate with the other.

Preach šŸ™Œ

Oh, and I draw monsters!

One of my hobbies is illustrating friendly monsters. It's the perfect way to stay in touch with my art background, and they make people smile.

If you see me in person, ask for a sticker, but in all likelihood I will have already offered you one!

Awe, sweet šŸ™

But where?

More like where to begin!

I grew up near Pittsburgh on a llama farm šŸšœ, started school in Boulder ā›°, finished school in Boston šŸ¦€, worked for startups in Pittsburgh šŸŒ§, worked for myself in New York šŸ—½, and tried to be a ski bum in Utah šŸŽæ.

For the past two years, I've been in Los Angeles šŸš˜, but am itching to make the move back east šŸ’œ.

That's nice šŸŽ‰

All done!

Thanks for reading! Really though, thanks. I worked hard on this.

Here are some things you can do now: