About me

  • 2000: Taught myself to write HTML CSS so I could build geocities sites about my virtual ‘dogz’ 🐶
  • February 2018: Finally realised I could learn how to code for real, quit my candy making career and started a 12 week web development bootcamp at General Assembly 🍬
  • June 2018: Started as a Junior Front-End Web Developer at Finder 👩🏻‍💻
  • September 2019: Promoted to Engineer 🎉

I’m inspired my minimalist and quirky designs that prioritise accessibility, and I love working within a highly creative team who value openness and collaboration.

Taryn sitting in her home officeTaryn speaking at SydCSS

Things I’ve worked on

  • Design Ops: as a team we refreshed the navigation, page templates, side bar and more, giving the whole site a fresh new look and improved user experience. The page templates we created and rolled out across the site reduced bounce rate by ~25%.
  • Gutenberg CMS: building ‘blocks’ (components) for the new WordPress editor, using a hybrid renderer that renders Wordpress content in a Next.JS front-end.
  • Engineering diversity working group.
  • Finder Tech Blog.
  • Ran web accessibility learning breaks for our team.
  • Helped propose and implement a set of web accessibility engineering standards.
  • Volunteer with the meetup group Men Championing Change.

Currently learning

Currently my focus is on improving my JavaScript skills and I’ve just completed a Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility.

Taryn speaking at SydCSSTaryn speaking at SydCSS

Speaking

I regularly speak to software engineering students at General Assembly about CSS, but occasionally speak at meetups too.