I had the pleasure a few months ago of speaking at the ForwardJS conference in San Francisco. Overall, it was a great conference with a lot of interesting speakers. Also, a nice perk was that the conference allowed me to check San Francisco off my list of places to visit.
Almost three (!) years ago I shared five apps that I use to keep my sanity, so I figured it was time for an updated list of my favourite apps. Since, as everyone knows, three years is basically an eternity in tech.
Some of those apps still earn their keep on my phone such as Remember the Milk, Google calendar and Google drive, but I’ve swapped out a few other apps for more updated versions and added a few that I didn’t know I needed before.
Woohoo, a real live OOTD photo! As I’ve mentioned before I’m not usually in front of the camera (and I never know what to do with my hands or face in photos, thank god for pockets) but these pants were such a find and a flat layout just wasn’t doing them justice.
Recently I’ve had a lot of discussions with other women who are thinking about getting into the tech space (come on in, the water’s fine, the jobs are plentiful and the salaries are good!) and one of the things that everyone seems to vocalize in one way or another is that they don’t want to be stuck in a corner, be ordered around and just be another solitary cog in the machine. They visualize development as pasty white dudes huddled silently in a basement somewhere and are turned off by the idea of tech. Hell, I would be too if that was the reality.
I want to dispel the myth that every dev shop is like that (obviously there are exceptions, and the stereotype had to come from somewhere, but I prefer to avoid those). While most dev teams are full of people who are a little… eccentric (and certainly I’m lumping myself in that category) in general they tend to be one of the best teams to be on in a company and are incredibly creative and collaborative.
I play on the NYC field hockey team* during the summer, and this year is the team’s ten-year anniversary! The woman who runs the group sent out a request for t-shirt designs to celebrate and I submitted a few of mock-ups of my ideas.
Heaven Tank Dress, Hye Park and Lune $79 / Bucket Tote, Esby $375 / Bi-stretch Pull On Pant, Bassike $480 / Provence Dress, Archerie $282 / Nori Dress, Sonnet James $108 / Tank Suit, Study NY $240 / Delos Necklace, Another Feather $150 / Maxine Crop Top, Elizabeth Suzann $125 / Madison Maxi Skirt, Groceries $98 / Whisper Sweet Nothings Bralette, Only Hearts $87
Even though I’m currently working as a front-end developer I originally started my career as a graphic designer. Old habits die hard so I still do the UX and design for most of my personal projects, and every once in a while I’ll lend a hand at work just to keep my skills from getting rusty.
Usually I’m the first to say that people who create stock photos, fonts, icons, and kits deserve every penny they charge. However if it’s just for my own little side project without the assistance of a corporate card, I like my assets to be cheap or better yet, free. So here are five of my go-to resources when I’m working on a project.