I create beautiful websites, extensions, and applications.

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Movie Bingo

Tropes have never been so fun

I have a soft spot for cheesy Christmas movies — and the easier they are to predict, the better. Inspired by the over-the-top tropes that seem to appear time and time again, I built this bingo game you can play with your friends while watchig the same movie — whether across the ocean from each other, or sitting on the same couch.

Keywords: Vue, mobile-first responsive design

Let's Play

Witchy Business

Conjouring the Perfect Price for Freelance Work

Not sure what to charge for your freelance project? This side project allows you to consult a witch for help, with funny answers randomly generated via JavaScript. This was a pair programming project with a friend; I did the UX work and design implementation, and he built the crystal ball in WebGL.

Keywords: UX design, implementation, CSS(3), JavaScript, HTML(5), pair programming

Experience the Magic

Compliment Dash

A Complimentary Chrome Extension

Compliment Dash is a Chrome extension with 120 users and a 5-star rating in the Google Chrome store. This new-tab dashboard keeps a to do list, greets the user by name, and offers them a unique compliment with a humorous twist. With ten colors, seasonal themes, and the option to set a custom background image, this extension adds personality and a touch of humor to day-to-day browsing.

Keywords used: JavaScript, CSS(3), HTML(5)

Nalta Redesign

Making Platform Perfection Personal

After undergoing a merger, Nalta was ready to reimagine its digital presence under the new slogan Platform Perfection. I was invited to be a part of that design process, meeting with our CEO and marketing director to come up with a new visual identity for Nalta and implement that in the form of a new site. The redesign resulted in a 200% traffic increase to our website from August to September and new clients who found us through organic search.

Keywords: Visual storytelling, branding, UX design, implementation

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Liturgical.li

A Digital Lectionary Dashboard

Liturgical.li is a Chrome extension that modernizes the Christian lectionary and serves as an organizational tool. For this extension, I transferred the complex analog system of the liturgical year, which relies on factors ranging from which day of the week certain holidays fall on to the cycles of the moon, into JavaScript. The extension also includes weather data and four possible translations for the user to choose from.

Keywords: JavaScript, CSS(3), jQuery, APIs, HTML(5)

View in Chrome Store

Email Signature Generator

An Easy Way to Create Cohesive Company Emails

This email signature generator uses reactive forms and data binding to make it easy for team members to generate their own signatures. By updating the images in the assets folder, the company's marketing team can also easily update the banner in the signature with a seasonal or promotional image.

Keywords: Angular 8, JavaScript, CSS(3), HTML(5)

Try it Out

About Me

@Work: I'm a front-end developer for an awesome, creative company in the Hague, where I bridge development with delightful design. I also serve as an Editor at A List Apart, and write freelance articles when I can. In 2019, I was chosen as one of The Next Web's 500, a list of "the Netherlands' most inspiring under 26s across all fields of digital."

@Home: I love to create, and in my spare time can usually be found with paint on my hands, flour on my jeans, or scraps of fabric all over my floor. My favorite activities are writing, sewing, and keeping active through ruing or strength training. I try to make time to read every day, and sometimes, even sleep.

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Resume

Skills & Overview

My stack:

  • JavaScript (ES6)
  • Typescript
  • Haxe
  • Angular
  • Vue
  • React (currently learning)
  • CSS(3)
  • SASS/SCSS
  • HTML(5)
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • SVG & Animations
  • Wordpress

My toolbox:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe XD
  • Figma
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Agile / Scrum
  • VS Code
  • Bash Command Line
  • Atlassian / Jira
  • Github
  • Agile / Scrum
  • Several cups of tea a day

Experience

Creative Developer

Binkies3D

January 2020 - Present

  • Designed and built the first version of Bakery, an internal web application for our content team to create 3D models. The application loads models from the company’s platform and allows users to create and adjust materials, material properties, and textures for our 3D product models.
  • Build integrations of our 3D content for clients, adjusting the layout and design of the 3D interface to reflect client wishes and brand guidelines.
  • Create user interface mockups and concept proposals for new ideas in our Product Development process. Guide the concept through multiple stages of feedback and refinement. Communicate with the rest of the development team about translating the design into an internal minimum viable product, and work on the building of that implementation.
  • Manage communication with and onboarding of new clients. Prepare client intake, build integrations ready for client demo, and adjust the integrations based on client feedback.
  • Design custom icons, animated SVGs, and buttons for our integrations to reflect clients’ branding.
  • Create product mockups for proposals for external clients.

Editor

A List Apart

January 2019 - Present

  • Work with writers to edit their articles for publication at A List Apart, a large online magazine that publishes articles about web design and development.
  • Help authors organize their thoughts, streamline arguments, improve their writing, and form a stronger thesis for their articles.
  • Validate the appropriateness of submissions for publications based on the quality of writing, originality of the premise, strength of argument, and suitability for our audience.

Front-end Developer

Nalta

January 2019 - December 2019

  • Fully redesigned and rebranded Nalta’s digital presence after its merger with Webbeat. Designed the new logo, business cards, email signatures, and social media imagery, and built the new site. The redesign resulted in a 200% traffic increase to our website from August to September and new clients who found us through organic search.
  • Built a custom in-house email signature generator that allows an admin to update seasonal banners and disclaimers. This saved the company a week’s worth of effort in manually creating signatures for each employee.
  • Redesigned and implemented a new user interface for digitalAngel, a web app that couples with smart mattresses and wheelchairs to keep nurses up-to-date on their patients’ vital signs and positioning.
  • Implemented new features for digitalAngel that include better alarm monitoring, smoother user and patient creation, and the ability to modify user settings such as language.
  • Translated design teams’ wireframes and mockups into responsive, interactive views and pages for various clients, including a major food company.

Freelance Web Developer and Designer

Sara Laughed

Dec 2017 - Dec 2018

  • Built and released Compliment Dash, a Chrome extension in the Google Chrome Store with a five-star rating and 115+ users. This new-tab dashboard keeps a to do list, greets the user by name, and offers them a unique compliment with a humorous twist.
  • Created Liturgicalli, a Chrome extension that modernizes the Christian lectionary and serves as an organizational tool. Transferred the complex analog system of the liturgical year, which relies on factors ranging from which day of the week certain holidays fall on to the cycles of the moon, into JavaScript. The extension also includes weather data and four possible translations for the user to choose from.
  • Built a custom WordPress site for a politician running for city council, and scaled this to a multi-site that offered language support for her Spanish-speaking constituents.
  • Designed the logo and website, and built the WordPress site, for an educational website equipping parents and teachers to teach history through shadow puppetry.

Blogger

Sara Laughed

Feb 2012 - Nov 2018

  • Built the blog Sara Laughed (saralaughed.com) to a readership of 1.6 million readers per year and a social following of 35,000. Wrote weekly posts covering a range of topics from crafts to college advice, some of which reached up to 600,000 hits and 100,000 shares. Some posts were syndicated with HerCampus. Partnered with brands including Amazon, Starbucks, and Tidal.
  • Ran College Compass (collegecompass.co), the college offshoot of the Sara Laughed blog, which featured college help articles, columns, and downloadable workbooks to help students perform better academically. From 2016 to 2017, the site got between 10,000 and 25,000 readers per month. While the site is still online, I no longer update the contents.
  • Ran Seasons Illustrated, a creative devotional community of 6,000 members, from 2015 to 2017. Self-published 7 Seasons Illustrated studies, including two Amazon best-sellers.

Design Fellow

The Tempest

Dec 2017 - May 2018

  • Created the design elements for the website’s YouTube channel redesign.
  • Made headers and illustrations for articles to be published on the Tempest.

Design Intern

Maya Elious / BRNDWCH

Jun - Nov 2017

  • Created all social media and YouTube graphics related to Maya Elious’ mentorship program for female entrepreneurs.
  • Managed community interaction, discussion, and moderation in the private online community for Maya Elious’ mentorship program.

Awards

Shortlisted for the T500

The Next Web

2019

In 2019, I was thrilled to be included in The Next Web’s 2019 list of the Netherlands’ ‘500 most inspiring under-26’s in digital’.

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Education

B.A. Religion, Magna Cum Laude

Wellesley College

2012-2016

Visiting Student

Mansfield College, Oxford University

2014-2015

Coding Certificates:

Accessibility Certification (Deque University, in progress)

Front-End Development (Treehouse, Jun 2016)

Web Development (Treehouse, Mar 2016)

Beginning JavaScript (Treehouse, Jan 2016)

Learn HTML (Treehouse, Dec 2016)

Contact

Thanks so much for your interest in my work! If you're interested in connecting with me, the best place to do that is Twitter at @SaraLaughed, or LinkedIn for networking.