Hey, I'm Brittany.

I'm a design-minded, detail oriented software engineer passionate about combining beautiful code with beautiful design.

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I'm a fourth year student at Northeastern University in Boston studying computer science and interaction design. I have experience developing and designing software for the web, from simple landing pages to progressive web applications. I strive to create software that not only functions efficiently under the hood, but also provides intuitive, pixel-perfect user experiences.

I love learning new and better ways to create seamless user experiences with clean, efficient, and scalable code. I consider work an ongoing education, and I'm always looking for opportunities to work with those who are willing to share their knowledge as much as I want to learn. At the end of the day, my primary goal is to create something beautiful with people that bring out the best in me.

When I'm not in front of a computer screen, I'm probably snowboarding, traveling, petting dogs, or learning a new song on my uke.

What I Do

Web Development

Using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with pre-processors and build tools such as Sass and Grunt, I have a passion for developing pixel-perfect websites and apps while maintaining a semantic, modular, and DRY code base.

Responsive UI Design

"A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it's not that good." I strive to develop and implement responsive and aesthetically pleasing interfaces for websites and apps that adapt to any type of device, platform, or browser.

Experience Design

There have been far too many times where I've been trying to accomplish a simple task on a website, and ended up wanting to throw my computer out the window in frustration. Needless to say, user experience is an aspect of software I believe is vital to a successful product.

Diversity in Tech

Beyond coding, I am a strong advocate for diversity in the tech industry, especially for women. I currently serve as President for Northeastern's women in tech club, NUWIT, and was a 2016 Grace Hopper Conference Scholar.

Skills

Development

  • JavaScript
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Jekyll
  • Python
  • React
  • Backbone
  • Node.js
  • Angular

Design

  • sketch
  • adobe-photoshop
  • adobe-indesign
  • adobe-illustrator
  • invision

Tools

  • checkmarkGit + Github
  • checkmarkCommand Line
  • checkmarkChrome DevTools
  • checkmarkGrunt + Gulp
  • checkmarkPostman

Knowledge

  • checkmarkCSS Detangling
  • checkmarkECMAScript 6
  • checkmarkUsability
  • checkmarkSEO
  • checkmarkTDD

Experience

Thanks to Northeastern's co-op program, I've had the privelege of completing two awesome six-month co-ops as a Creative Technologist at MullenLowe U.S. and Software Engineer at Starry. Starting in July 2017, I'll be joining the iTunes team at Apple as a UI Engineer for my third and final co-op!

Northeastern University

NU College of Computer & Information Science

Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Information Science with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and a minor in Interaction Design. Graduating in May 2018.

2013 - Present

HCI Research Assistant

NU College of Computer & Information Science

Assisted a computer science PhD student in the development of a software prototype built with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery to facilitate better understanding of parent-child communication preferences in low-SES (Socio-Economic Status) families. Developed remotely to meet weekly deadlines and project checkpoints.

Mar - May 2015

Creative Technologist Co-op

MullenLowe U.S.

Developed and maintained code for in-house and client websites. Tested front-end code in various browsers and mobile devices to ensure cross-browser compatibility and responsiveness. Collaborated closely with other developers and digital producers to meet deadlines for clients including Lovesac, U.S. Cellular, JetBlue, and more.

July - Dec 2015

HCI Teaching Assistant

NU College of Computer & Information Science

Assisted professor with grading homework and project assignments. Held office hours to aid students in their understanding of core HCI concepts and reported to the professor the extent of their understanding.

Jan - May 2016

President

NU Women in Tech

Lead weekly club meetings to foster a community of diverse women in CS. Manage a variety of academic and social activities throughout the semester, including tech talks, student panels, and workshops. Communicate regularly with e-board and administrative organizations.

May 2016 - Present

Software Engineer Co-op

Starry

Engineered and maintained major features of Starry's customer-facing web app using ES6, Handlebars, Backbone, Marionette, and CSS. Proposed and implemented scalable solutions to issues identified with cloud services and applications responsible for communicating with Starry Station. Worked closely with designers and other developers to ensure thoughtful and coherent user experiences across Starry’s mobile apps.

July - Dec 2016

Developer

Scout Studio

Worked with a small team of designers within Northeastern University's student-led design studio.

Jan 2017 - Present
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Some of My Work

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HackerNews Theme Redesign

Upon coming across the Stylish Chrome Extension, I decided to fork a theme for HackerNews to tweak myself. I've always enjoyed reading the articles on HackerNews, but always hated actually looking at the website. The content is good, but the styling is awful. So, I whipped up some quick CSS to make the site easier on the eyes while maintaining a similar look to the original style. Give the theme a try by following the instructions in the github repo linked above.

  • CSS
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Weather Widget

A simple weather app I made at HubSpot's Fall 2016 Web App Workshop utilizing Node.js, Express, and Heroku. I used the OpenWeatherMap API to get weather and forecast data, and then used the current city's coordinates to create a map background that reflected the current city using the Google Maps API.

  • OpenWeatherMap API
  • Google Maps API
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • Node.js
  • Express
  • Heroku
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Screentime 2.0

ScreenTime 2.0 was one of Starry's most important consumer-facing software updates on Starry Station, providing new functionality for users to easily filter content, pause the internet, and even create custom rules for blocking apps like Facebook and Twitter right from their mobile phones. As a co-op, I played a large role in the implementation of this feature on Starry's cordova android app, and was responsible for building out front-end designs, linking up back-end data, as well as communicating with designers and other engineers throughout the process.

Check out the Starry App on Google Play, and learn more about ScreenTime 2.0 on Product Hunt and the Starry Blog.

  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • Handlebars.js
  • Backbone.js
  • Marionette.js
  • Cordova
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Online Resume

This is just an online version of my resume I made for fun. I was interested in learning React.js, so I found this simple tutorial and it kind of spun into this weekend project. I probably didn't need to use React at all, but hey, at least I learned a few things!

  • JavaScript
  • React.js
  • CSS
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Old Personal Website

This was my first portfolio website I built in 2014. It's a simple one-pager like this one, but relied heavily on Bootstrap. Since then, I think my web development and design skills have expanded immensely.

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Bootstrap
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
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CourseSource

CourseSource is a web application built on the MEAN (MongoDB, Express, Angular, Node) stack for my web development class in 2015. I created this web app with the intention of providing Northeastern Students a better experience browsing the courses offered at Northeastern (which is currently a painstakingly tedious task on our current student portal).

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Bootstrap
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • NodeJS
  • AngularJS
  • Express
  • MongoDB
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NU Women in Tech

While serving as web chair for Northeastern University Women in Technology, I did a complete overhaul of the club website. I designed and developed the current website using Jekyll as a static site generator, and was responsible for the upkeeping and maintainence of the site.

  • Jekyll
  • Liquid
  • Yaml
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Bootstrap
  • jQuery
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Fontipsums

As a typography nerd, I wanted a way to visually see different font combinations together. I whipped up this simple website to display some of my favorite pairings combined with some fun lorem ipsum variations I found on the web. Over the course of creating this site, I learned a lot about web fonts and best practices.

  • HTML
  • SCSS
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One Card For All

At MullenLowe, I helped build this 2015 holiday site around an algorithm that generated a holiday greeting to each and every person on the planet. We also accounted for newcomers being added at an amazing rate. Overall, the website is a tranquil, animated experience. As new names appear, visitors can watch them fall, like snowflakes, onto a stylized world map. Users can also find their own name and see it as part of the world collective. Check out this short video describing the project!

  • HTML
  • SCSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
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JetBlue HumanKinda

During my first co-op as a creative technologist at Mullen Lowe, I played a major role in the development of this Tumblr site to complement JetBlue's HumanKinda campaign and documentary. The site houses the video documentary at the top, the many graphics created by Mullen for the campaign, and an interactive quiz to determine how "HumanKinda" you are. Learn more about this project here!

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery

Get In Touch

Have a sweet project in mind or just want to say hi? Feel free to send me a message!