My goal is to ensure that your content can reach any user, in any browsing context—regardless of the size of their screen, the speed of their internet connection, the age of their device, or the combination of browsers and assistive technologies they use to experience the web.
I’ve helped build some websites.
I’m a developer that heavily skews “designer.” From design to implementation, I believe that a good layout is a flexible, durable, and maintainable one.
Responsive Web Design
I’m incredibly fortunate to have played a small part in the history of Responsive Web Design, from the earliest discussions of the responsive Boston Globe project—all the way back in 2011—to leading the effort to add responsive image features to the HTML specification, browsers, and major CMSes.
I’ve had the privilege of traveling the world speaking about front-end performance. I’ve worked with organizations large and small not just to audit, identify, and help fix their performance pain points, but to establish workflows, development habits, and support systems that allow those improvements—and their results—to persist long after I’m gone.
I firmly believe that accessibility isn’t an add-on, a line item, or an ticket languishing in an issue tracker for “if we have time at the end.” It’s a persistent consideration through every step in the creation of a site—from content, to wireframes, to markup, to the final product. In the years that followed my accessibility work on the jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile teams, I’ve helped guide a number of organizations through the process of prioritizing accessibility both technically and culturally.
I do a lot of writing.
I wrote Image Performance just last year. It’s a deep-dive into a subject that’s easy to take for granted, but difficult to master: putting images on the web. It covers everything from the inner workings of image formats and compression methods to responsive image markup to automation.
Fingers crossed, maybe someday I’ll add a cookbook to the list.
I keep busy.
I’ve been a speaker at conferences like An Event Apart and Smashing Conference, and an emcee for Confab. I’m an amateur boxer, aspiring chef, halfway decent carpenter, passable antique British motorcycle mechanic, and wannabe gardener.
Just—… just ignore the other thing on there.
It’s a long story.
I want to change things for the better.
Me, I’m stubborn. If it can be done on the web, I believe that it can be done responsively, it can be done accessibly, and it can be done in a performant way—it can be made to work for everyone.
The trickier that might seem at first, the more you’ve got my attention.
Those are the kind of projects I’m interested in—not just because that’s the sort of impact I want to make on the web, but because that’s where the exciting work is. That’s the space where we get to invent new approaches and techniques; to build something brand new together, in pursuit of making the web a faster, more welcoming, and more inclusive place.
If it sounds as though I might be a good fit for your next project, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m looking forward to it.