About Sarah

Languages and Programs

I am proficient in the following languages:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Basic JavaScript

As well as the following programs:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • inDesign

Misc:

  • Shopify
  • Wordpress

My Story

A highly creative, problem solving individual who loves to learn new skills and technologies, as well as delve into new software.

An early version of lazy-bunny.com

An early version of lazy-bunny.com, serving as my illustration portfolio

I taught myself basic HTML and CSS as a teenager (in 2006!), mostly out of curiosity, as well as a desire to make my LiveJournal, MySpace, and NeoPets page to look cool. I started out with HTML, and would copy out entire websites into Notepad, deleting things and fiddling with the code in order to see what tag changed what, and eventually built my first website to play with design and to showcase my illustration work.

I went on like this for a few years, and then I discovered instead of making websites and fiddling around JUST with HTML, I could use CSS to make things miles easier and prettier. I still remember being blown away at being able to change the entirety of a website's design by editing one line of CSS. I taught myself CSS in much the same way as HTML - tweaking the code in Notepad to see what changed, and my design skills grew. It helped that I was learning art and illustration at Warwickshire College - I was able to incorporate my knowledge of design in order to build more attractive websites.

In my twenties, I carried on dabbling in HTML and CSS, slowly picking up parts of Javascript along the way. For a while I worked as a freelance website designer and webmaster, creating and editing websites for local businesses. A few years ago I started to focus more on my illustration work, wanting to build that into a career, and used my skills to build my own online portfolio. I also started getting into Wordpress, and while Iíve never picked up php as easily as HTML and CSS, Iíve been able to make subtle edits to themes in order to personalise them.

Throughout all this time, Iíve always considered coding and web development as a hobby, more than a job. Itís something Iíve always enjoyed, and always had a passion for. Which means that, when I realised I was desperate for a career change away from the constant Customer Service jobs Iíd been falling back on for years, becoming a web developer was the obvious answer.

From Customer Service to Coding

While Customer Service was never something I was intrinsically passionate about, having several years of experience in this field has certainly given me a fresh perspective on things that I believe will benefit my new role in web development. I am an incredibly compassionate, empathetic person who loves to help others and solve problems. I am an extremely hard worker, who will stop at nothing to get the job done, and will remain positive and upbeat throughout. And I am an excellent team player - I excel in teams and thoroughly enjoy taking part in order to help each team member succeed.

If any of that sounds interesting to you - and you want to get in touch after reading all of this - feel free to contact me on the details below!