Laura Kishimoto

developer and chic geek

A Canadian in the UK. I like design, red pandas, music, people, and good clean code.

Web development

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I have over a decade of experience in professional front end web development. I am charismatic and as a technical team lead I work to support my team in line with the requirements of my clients.

What I do

I am passionate about front end development with an emphasis on the user experience. I prioritise intuitive web design using atomic design principles and style guide driven development, with an emphasis on usability, accessibility, and brand identity. I have worked on projects that support multiple languages and themes for international audiences.

Where I work

In 2013 I joined Inviqa’s Sheffield office and was promoted to senior front end developer and later technical team lead. I returned to Inviqa again in 2018.

As a technical lead, I lead project teams to create PHP sites on platforms including Magento 1 and 2, Spryker, Drupal, and EZ Platform, working closely with back end developers, designers, testers, and our clients in an Agile environment. During my time at Inviqa, I worked on sites for international brands such as graze.com, Nokia Networks, Warner Music, and various fashion brands including Missguided and Acne Studios.

Where I’ve worked before

In 2017 I joined Sheffield agency Evoluted in the new role of lead front end developer. In this role, I helped to guide the front end team and processes. Evoluted creates PHP-based sites for local and national clients.

Previously, I’ve had roles with organizations in Canada and the UK including Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancity Credit Union, and the University of York. I’ve also done some freelance work but I really prefer being part of a team.

Everything else

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I’m a former ensemble singer, design junkie, internet sponge, robot fan, food fanatic, red panda lover, and overall chic geek. Once upon a time I was a runner, rock climber, yoga practitioner, and archer, all things I should probably take up again.

What I use

I’m a gadget geek with a Pixel 2 and a Samsung Ultrabook (Series 9 NP900X3C). I run Linux when I can, play with a Switch, and can't seem to kick the Twitter habit.

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