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.
L -^50 A -^50 R -^50 A.
You know, like Lara Croft, Tomb Raider?
Or like the Lara from Dr. Zhivago? ^100
I guess that depends on your generation ;).
What do I do?
I do some cool things I’d like to tell you about, but I don't want to bog you down with jargon if you're not into it.^50
Are you a tech person 🖥 or non-tech person 📝?
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.
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.
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!^50
More like where to begin!
I grew up near Pittsburgh on a llama farm 🚜, started school in Boulder ⛰, finished school in Boston 🦀, worked for startups in Pittsburgh 🌧, worked for myself in New York 🗽, and tried to be a ski bum in Utah 🎿.
For the past two years, I've been in Los Angeles 🚘, but
am itching to make the move back east I recently moved back to Pittsburgh with no plans to leave!