Hi. I’m Nathalie.
I’m an experienced and passionate designer who can code, who loves to combine creativity and design with logic and problem solving.
I’ve succeeded in breaking into the tech industry as a returner after a long career break, making the jump from junior to intermediate in a matter of months.
With a strong background in graphics and corporate identity I started my tech journey working as a freelance web designer from home –
- Initially mastering HTML, CSS and responsive design together with php and WordPress to build bespoke websites for individuals and small businesses.
- I’ve collaborated to bring in additional skills as part of the project management process as and when needed.
Inspired by the BBC Girls Can Code I formed food tech startup TreatOut in 2015, which is still very much an active greenfield side project. I completed a full stack coding bootcamp with Le Wagon London in summer 2016 to become the technical co-founder on the team. This fuelled my ever growing fascination with startups and web app development.
- I use the Adobe Creative Suite and Sketch to wireframe, adding SASS & HAML to my toolbag. I’ve created the brand guidelines and I’m working on a pattern library based on the principles of Atomic Design & the BEM methodology.
- I’ve built a functioning MVP in Rails, working through features from ideation to deployment.
- I’m happy working in the terminal with Git and version control.
- I’ve started writing RSpec tests practising TDD, troubleshooting failing tests on CircleCI, before deployment to Heroku.
- I’m experimenting with React to consume API endpoints, exploring ways to decouple the front and back end.
- My passion and enthusiasm lies in startups and writing code. I’ve thrived being part of an agile team.
- Pair programming and code reviews accelerate learning in a way that working solo can’t.
As of February 2019, I completed my first 12 months as a Full Stack Rails developer employed full time at Skills Matter, London. This was my first (what recruiters would consider) commercial work in over 20 years. I’m now working as a Product Engineer at Buyapowa.
I blog about being a startup founder with a day job who’s making the transition from a solo, self-taught coder to becoming an agile software engineer. All views expressed are my own.