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designer & frontend developer

Louise Clark

Hello.  I am a web developer that really loves good old fashioned HTML, CSS, and Vanilla Javascript, as well as Angular, MongoDB, and Web Accessibility.  I also really dig thinking about architecture and design systems.  I am very passionate about giving back to my tech community, being a human rights advocate, practicing Jivamukti yoga, and raising my awesome children.

About Louise

  • May, 2006

    Research

    I have a Masters in Latin American History from Emory University. I love the process of research and discovery! I also enjoy writing as a way to process and teach.

  • June, 2006

    Communication

    I spent a year doing research in the archives in Oaxaca City, Mexico. As much as I loved the research, I also loved living in Mexico and practicing my Spanish!

  • 2007

  • January, 2007

    Teaching

    I spent ten years teaching college level history at local universities including UNCC, Davidson, and Wingate. I become a PowerPoint master (gah!), and taught courses online using Moodle and Blackboard. My favorite part was mentoring my students.

  • 2016

  • March, 2016

    WordPress Design

    I decided to create a WordPress website for my spouse and loved the process of designing and developing it! I attended WordPress Asheville several times, and won a Women Who Code Scholarship and to attend the national WordCamp in Philidelphia. I had several freelance projects and also worked as a WordPress Designer for the Child Health Mortality Surveillance Network (CHAMPS).

  • May, 2016

    Visual Design

    I did a variety of freelance jobs that utilized my visual design skills. I did social media marketing for a tech startup, and created print marketing materials for UNCC Center for Human Rights and Queen's University Center for Peace and Social Justice.

  • November, 2016

    Coding Bootcamp

    I won a full "Community Forward" scholarship to attend The Iron Yard. This three month, full-time program taught me the basics I needed to get my first job in tech!

  • 2017

  • May, 2017

    FrontEnd Dev

    I worked as both an intern and a junior developer at Gordian, a local software development company. I researched design systems and accessibility for the UX lead. I worked with a project manager to bring an MVP to life. I also helped create Angular shells of my prototypes.

  • November, 2017

    Service

    Giving back to my community has always been an important part of who I am. I have served as the Partnerships Coordinator and the Co-Leader of the Charlotte chapter of Girl Develop It. I am now the organizer for QC-Bytes, a local organization dedicated to supporting those who identify as women by offering technical instruction, educational resources, and an environment where networking and mentorship are valued.

  • 2018

  • May, 2018

    Accessibility

    I believe it is my responsibility to learn how to incorporate accessibility practices into my workflow. I attended the CSUN Assistive Technologies conference and the John Slatin AccessU conference for training.

  • July, 2018

    UXUI Design

    As a designer, I participate in the complete design process of digital apps. This means I have contributed to persona creation, storymapping, feature mapping, sketching, low-fidelity wireframing, and prototyping. Our team uses the Adobe Creative suite for most of our work.

  • December, 2018

    Fleurix Conf Director

    I am part of a leadership team for Fleurix, the first annual Charlotte area tech conference designed to assist entry-level women from diverse backgrounds in pursuing and maintaining careers in tech. I am tasked to make sure our organizing efforts are inclusive and that we facilitate partnerships and outreach strategies that encourage participation by a wide swath of diverse populations across the city

  • February, 2019

    Angular Developer

    I am a frontend developer at Duke Energy. I work with our AngularJS legacy code base. I am also currently developing an Electric Vehicle finder tool in Angular 7.

"Code is Poetry"

In my former life, I taught history courses related to topics focused on Latin America and human rights at UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, and Wingate College.  My journey really towards web design and software development began when I was awarded the Community Forward Scholarship to attend the 12 week Front-End JavaScript bootcamp at The Iron Yard in Charlotte.  This 12 week immersion program started with HTML, CSS, and SASS. We used Foundation to ground our work in responsive design practices. Design was followed by an intense study of foundational Vanilla Javascript, and corresponding Javascript libraries like JQuery and D3JS. Finally, we covered MVC design using both Backbone and Angular. My final project was an Angular project called Connecting Communities:  A Refugee and Immigrant Resource Network.

 

Afterwards, I started as a software developer intern at Gordian Group.  It was during this internship that I knew I was in the right career.  I loved designing, coding, researching, and the agile workflow.  As a Junior Software developer I really grounding down into learned my coding fundamentals at an intermediate/advanced level.  I focused on HTML, CSS3, Angular4, Sass, and Bootstrap4.  I also served as the UX Coordinator for the implementation of an enterprise level Design System.

 

I decided to shift a little to the left and work as UXUI Designer at Compucom.  I got to flex my design skills around mobile applications that incorporate augmented reality mapping and conversation design features.  We start projects with design thinking sessions and then build with persona creation, storyboarding, feature mapping, wire-framing, and rapid prototyping.

 

While I am thankful to have experienced working on a design team, I realized that I really preferred to work in code.  Currently, I am an Angular developer at Duke Energy.  My responsibilities run the gamet from refactoring a legacy AngularJS codebase, to creating new microapps in Angular 7.  I am most proud to have worked with my frontend team on the completion of an Electric Vehicle selector tool.  This microapp includes a questionaire that leads to a filter of different cars based on the user's specifications.  Pretty cool stuff!

 

My mission is to infuse the web with clean, beautiful design and empathetic flows.  My coding and design skills allow me an opportunity to transmit important messages to the world.  There are so many good ideas, movements, missions, and businesses out there trying to make our world a better place.  In my opinion, you can't underestimate the value of the platform that you use to reach out and connect with others.  I love researching design and development solutions that deliver clearly communicated messages in a pleasing format.

 

Why did a professor of history and social activist turn to a career in web development?

 

My love for design and development began with a story.  On NPR I heard about a young Syrian immigrant woman who developed an app to help people flee bombs being dropped by the Assad regime.  Her app helped people find safe spaces quickly.

 

I was floored by the implications of her story. I realized that my passion for social activism and bringing positive change to the world was going to be rooted in tech.  That's why the values of WordPress (inclusion, accessibility, and the democratization of publishing) align so well with my own.  In the future, I plan to develop enough skills to write and implement such meaningful software as did the young Syrian woman.  She is my inspiration.