I've been writing software professionally since 2018. I've led teams and I've worked as a software engineer, front-end developer, full-stack consultant, and VoIP software developer. Before that, I worked as a software quality assurance specialist, as a web and graphic designer, and even as a customer support representative, all since earning a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. All of these experiences have shaped the way I build applications today.
My roots in visual art and design greatly influenced my ability to construct elegant user interfaces. Customer service taught me how to see the product from the customer's perspective, highlighting the importance of an intuitive experience. And quality assurance showed me just how many ways a thing can break, leaving me with a deep-seated obligation to make everything rock solid.
And all of this results in me being obsessed with user experience. If it's not fast and accessible, if the navigation isn't effortless, and if it's not completely obvious exactly what is going to happen when you tap on any part of any screen, then it's just not ready to ship.
But it's not just about the user's experience, it's about the developer's experience as well. I know how painful it is to deal with a convoluted codebase and a fragile deployment pipeline, and I know that these things get forwarded to the customer in the form of slow progress, bugs, and instability. I put great importance on improving code quality, with an emphasis on simplicity and readability, as well as improving local development environments, implementing ephemeral environments, and stabilizing deployments, because this is what it takes to write software that can maintain a high level of excellence while continually growing and changing over time.