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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 pitI 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

Alcatraz

A WordPress theme framework with sensible features that makes building new custom themes a breeze. The theme uses the WordPress Customizer to manage theme options including three layout options, sidebar options, and header options, several mobile navigation options, and options for configuring the site footer. Additional features include page options to override site options, and a solid system of hooks and filters that make extending the theme a piece of cake.

WP Component Library

The WP Component Library is a tool that allows you to easily manage and collaborate on User Interface elements for your website projects. The plugin utilizes Advanced Custom Fields Pro to showcase live examples of components, usage and implementation guidelines, as well as any code required for the UI element. This means that WP Component Library can also be used as the basis for a reference library–build up a visual repository of your go-to UI elements, to quickly implement them into future projects!

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