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Hello, I’m Carrie! 👋

I am a business analyst turned front end engineer who builds elegant, maintainable, and performant applications and websites for a range of organizations.

Send me a message carrie@carrieforde.com

Carrie Forde in a ball pit

I have spent the past few years working in the WordPress space building custom themes and plugins for a variety of clients, from small nonprofits to enterprise level organizations. In 2017, I decided to focus on building my broader front end development skills and enrolled in Bov Academy to thoroughly learn JavaScript. I’m currently seeking opportunities to build sophisticated front end applications with JavaScript (including React), HTML, and CSS.

While one might might not think that business analysis has much to do with development, I’ve found all that experience searching for data anomalies has helped me become an expert at identifying bugs and areas for improvement in front end code. During my time as a business analyst, it was my job to liaise between sales and technical teams, where I gathered requirements for projects and translated business needs into technical requirements. Through this experience, I learned the value of user experience, and the importance of approaching projects with the end user in mind.

When I’m not building delightful front end experiences, you can find me window shopping at Sephora, practicing the piano, or relaxing with my fur fam. 😸😸😸😸

Expertise


  1. JavaScript
    I have experience across the language from Vanilla JavaScript and jQuery, to React, and Object-Oriented JS and test-driven development.
  2. UI Development
    I am skilled at turning a Photoshop or Sketch mockup into a pixel-perfect, mobile-first masterpiece using HTML, CSS / Sass, and JavaScript.
  3. WordPress
    Using modern front end techniques and the WordPress REST API, I create sophisticated applications built on WordPress.
  4. Design Systems
    Design systems make collaboration easier, and I use them to organize front end code, keeping it scalable, maintainable, and performant.
  5. Open Source
    I maintain a few front end-focused and WordPress-specific open source projects that help developers do their job better.
  6. Public Speaking
    I have given several front end-focused talks at WordCamps in the Western US, and have also made a few guest appearances on industry podcasts.

Projects