Thoughts

August 5, 2018 in Thoughts, Updates

How’s it going, Lara?

Things are going *really well* for me right now, and that calls for a blog post! This one is much more personal than my posts usually are, but it's healthy to open up a bit now and again, right?

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July 6, 2018 in Thoughts

Too Much Pressure

I set my standards too high for blog posts. I know that they are too high because I don't publish them. It's too much pressure! (It's got to stop, it's got to stop) And a cool thing: I was magically able to write blog posts again after publishing this one!

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February 28, 2018 in Design, Findings, Thoughts

Dead Fish ≠ Code Export

This post is a response to a tweet critiquing the "code export" capability of design tools, and a talk called "Stop Drawing Dead Fish" that calls for better tools to allow artists to create visual art without code. Should designers code? Should artists code? It's a nuanced, interesting topic and I had some thoughts.

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October 22, 2017 in Thoughts

JavaScript and Me

JavaScript and I have had a rocky relationship over the past few years. My consulting work doesn't really require a deep understanding of JavaScript, but my newfound resolve to level-up my skills and to obtain a full-time job have deemed that deep understanding quite necessary.

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April 7, 2016 in Thoughts

Why don’t code schools teach WordPress?

In the coding classes I’ve taught (which, for the record, have been part-time, not bootcamps) students’ intentions are often to make their own websites, work on existing ones, or to incorporate web development into a freelance practice. Regarding bootcamps, I’ve met several graduates who began their careers with freelancing, where […]

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January 25, 2016 in Thoughts

2015 Year in Review

This is "Year in Review" has a bit of a negative tone. I considered editing this post to make it sound more I-love-my-life-and-work-always for potential employers, but that's no fun! Go ahead and read about 2015, the year that made me want to leave NYC, move to Utah, and work at a bar (which I did end up doing).

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July 1, 2015 in Thoughts

It’s identity crisis, not impostor syndrome

I think we've gotten to a point where non-impostors, myself included, are using impostor syndrome as a way to describe ever-human insecurity. The web is in its awkward twenties, and so are many, many of the people working on it. Fortunately or unfortunately, with your twenties comes the inevitable, quarter-life identity crisis.

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May 29, 2015 in Thoughts

Cocktails on the Pastry Box

For those unfamiliar, the Pastry Box Project is a curated collection of thoughts and articles from anyone who works with the web. I wrote an article about cocktails and websites, i.e. my two favorite things, and it was published! You can read it here.

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May 13, 2015 in Thoughts

I wrote a post for CSS-Tricks and people read it

This week, I had a guest post published on CSS-Tricks. You should read it. It kinda blew up. Well, definitely blew up. What started as legitimate comment thread on the post turned quite sour when the article was shared on r/programming: Not a nice way to rephrase my post […]

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October 5, 2014 in Research, Thoughts

On Progressive Enhancement

In a nutshell, progressive enhancement is building "content out", separating the structure of a website (HTML) from its presentation and behavior (CSS and JS). Content should be available regardless of the capabilities of the device, and should not rely on styling or scripting to function at a base level. There are some strong opionions for and against, but it sounds like a good idea to me!

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