Hi! I'm Jag Talon, and I'm a web developer and a designer. In this blog I write about my experiences on the web, and I also do my best to teach people about the getting better at making websites.
I've been lucky enough to have interviewed some amazing people in the web industry through my podcast called Friends Talk Frontend. It was fascinating and eye-opening: I got to learn about people's habits, how they got to where they are now, and what their day-to-day life was like. Although “Friends Talk Frontend” turned out to not be a very accurate name in the end: we talked more about the human side of things instead of tackling current frontend issues. It was a wonderful relief away from technology.
I've also been a guest myself. I went on Codepen Radio back in 2017, and I talked about how I got started on the web and how Codepen helped me in my web development career.
I was nervous, but Marie and Tim were seasoned podcasters and eased me in through the process.
I'm currently working at DuckDuckGo, and I've had the opportunity to watch the company grow since I joined in 2013. In the beginning I started out as an open source maintainer where I spent most of my time reviewing code and talking with other developers. I gradually moved on to work on internal projects and learn about design along the way. One of my most recent projects was a collaboration between different privacy companies on an advertising campaign called Privacy Heroes. I got to use my skills as both a designer and a developer to work on this project from start to finish. I was there from the initial planning stages all the way to production. I lead our efforts in scoping out the technical requirements, designing the page, working with an illustrator, and finally building the page.
I made sure that I tracked the engagement on the page and updated everyone about its performance as well. The most interesting part about working on multi-disciplinary projects is, I think, being able to ask questions that have a huge impact on its success:
- Are we creating inclusive illustrations?
- Who is our audience?
- What is our success criteria?
- How will they get to this page?
- How does this solve their problem?
- How can we make the page even lighter?
- How do we get around font licensing issues?
Other projects that I worked on that involved programming and web design are DuckDuckGo's Spread Page and Newsletter Page. These are some iceberg projects that I worked on that involved a lot of work behind the scenes such as laying the foundation for consistent components across marketing pages and the start of our push towards better accessibility.
Frontend Work Inquiries
If you're interested in working with me, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! I can help out in scoping out technical and design requirements, accessibility, performance optimizations, and user testing.