2018 was a big year! Here are just a few of the things that happened:
- I began working as a frontend developer at Cast Iron Coding.
- We moved to Portland, Oregon.
- I helped launch an interactive, open-access digital edition of the first-ever translation of the Buddhist text Apadāna into English.
- I redesigned my personal website.
In May, I left the freelance life to start doing web development full-time. My activity feed on Github captures the change pretty well. (Look at that new work-life balance!)
I’m also proud to have been involved in building v2.0 of Manifold, doing most of the frontend work for the app’s backend redesign, as well as a new feature in 2.0 called Project Collections. Working on this project has been a natural extension of my interests in Digital Humanities, but technically has been on a scale far more complex than anything I’ve ever worked on.
Meanwhile, I did deep dives into accessibility (with a nod to Inclusive Components) and managing icons (use SVG!), learned CSS Grid (🤗), and revisited approaches to CSS architecture and naming conventions (SCSS and BEM remain top-of-class).
Looking ahead to 2019
It was a great year, and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow in 2019. Here are some of my goals:
- become more skilled at progressive enhancement
- make accessibility a core part of everything I build
- learn how to better evaluate performance and accessibility
On the side, I’d really like to do some kind of side project inspired by Low-Tech Magazine and Minimal Computing. I’m not sure what that will look like yet, but I think it’ll be a stimulating and critical complement to my usual work.
Beyond this, I’m also hoping to blog more often, read at least one book a month, and meet some financial goals that have been a long time coming. Here’s to making it all happen!