I'm a self-motivated web developer with design experience building on over seven years' working in the web industry and my earlier university achievements in multimedia technology study.
My aim is to make the web a better place for all, with particular focus on inclusive design that caters for all types of disability. I’m looking to work with a company that aligns with this ambition and values the importance of having a great user experience in their website.
I greatly value communication and wellbeing in teams and continually look for ways these can be improved: for instance, when a team member is working remotely or has just joined the organisation, and needs to be supported. I recognise and appreciate that we may all have different ways of communicating ideas, opinions and feedback which presents both challenges and opportunities when working in a team.
When I’m approaching a project I always try to prioritise making it accessible to all. It matters most to me that anyone with one or multiple impairments, temporary or permanent, can use the website without hindrance or frustration. I look to achieve this through adherence to well constructed semantic code and extensive user testing, conversation and feedback.
Both managing and delivering a project, I seek first to understand what problems or challenges a user faces when using a feature. From this I identify specific user stories and features which can be researched, designed and developed. I like to plan projects based on features, rather than activities. Ideally they should have short iterations, that offer the opportunity to get user feedback as the feature is developed.
Beyond the office
I actively support and engage in the web community through regularly attending conferences and meetups that improve my awareness of new front-end technologies, web standards, accessibility and better approaches to web performance and user experience design.
I also participate in the IndieWeb community. Here there’s a strong emphasis on building open-source, user-focused web technologies, building and maintaining your own website along with sharing knowledge and ideas. I organise a fortnightly event, enabling people from a range of backgrounds and abilities to work on improving their personal websites.