Name: Courtney Mohr
Title: Front End Web Developer
Hometown: San Diego, CA
LeaseLabs: So….let’s get this question out of the way, how do you feel about being a female in a male dominated profession? Any disconnect or have you always fit right in?
Courtney: Getting into development, it’s very merit based. So if you keep up your game, it’s very rewarding no matter what demographic you represent. While it’s still a male-dominated field and less than 20% of computer science majors are women, I’ve been lucky enough to work with like-minded individuals who have become my really good friends. If you’re on the dev team you will realize there is a friendship deal here and it feels great to work on a team where everyone gets along.
As for my male counterparts...they don't really seem to care.
In fact, I don’t think any of them have noticed that a woman has infiltrated their ranks.
LeaseLabs: What kind of path did you take to your current position as Front End Developer?
Courtney: Growing up I would have never realized I would code because I was pushed to go into more traditional “feminine”, artistic jobs. What I really wanted to be was a makeup artist for CSI or sketch artist for Disney until I realized I needed a more stable job. I got my degree in Design and worked in the advertising world with a previous company.
Coding was originally a hobby, we got our first PC when i was in middle school which I put together and set up for my parents. I was naturally drawn to it. My professional background is in design and advertising; however, ever since I was a kid I explored coding, played with video game mods, and then eventually branched out to build my own websites.
LeaseLabs: We heard through the grapevine you have a passion for gaming. Tell us about your setup, favorite game to date, and what game you can beat any contender at?
I mainly play xbox and this beast of a PC my fiancé built me. Growing up, I played a lot of Sims, Kingdom Hearts, Lord of the Rings RPGs here and there, and then first person shooters. Now I pretty much play anything Bethesda puts out and Assassin’s Creed. I like the immersive feeling when I play open-world games and feeling like my decisions have consequences so I can replay with different results.
Also, I have Fallout 4 on pre-order and it should arrive after my honeymoon...I can’t tell which one I’m looking forward to more!
LeaseLabs: Are there any sources of inspiration that keep you going everyday? Blogs, websites, people, hobbies?
Courtney: The latest in UX design is huge for me because at the end of the day, I’m still passionate about design. Dribbble and Awwwards are my favorite sources, they both bring together the analytical and subjective states of web development. This kind've illustrates my favorite challenges to face that I stated earlier, how to really hone together subjective and objective working materials into a cohesive website.
Girls Who Code is a community that encourages girls to pursue STEM careers and puts on events and workshops. It’s a very empowering site and I definitely recommend everyone check it out.
LeaseLabs: What’s your day to day like? Any special projects?
For the most part, an average day in the life of me would be working on a build or debugging a previous project. I’ve also been working on a few in-house projects as well with the whole team. We regularly play around with tools, plugins, and building new features that both streamline our processes and benefits our builds. We call it the “In-House Sizzle Project”, code name, “Sizzle”.
Courtney: I don’t know if we’re allowed to talk about it….but as a brief description, we create visual examples of new and different functionalities that better articulate our sites. You know...like “sizzle” effects.
LeaseLabs: That’s an awesome codename. What are your top 5 go-to dev tools you use and recommend to other developers
- Modernizr - This helps with different browsers and we still build for internet explorer ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Foundation - Framework that makes our jobs a whole lot easier
- Brackets - I was all about sublime until Ryan got me to give this a shot
- TeamTreehouse - To keep my skills up to date
- Wakatime - Plugin for your code editor that tracks how much time you spend on specific tasks. This provides you with a lot of data on your workflow and it’s amazing
LeaseLabs: You have now entered into your second year with this agency, tell us about some websites/projects you’ve worked on that stuck out to you? What made that website so special?
Since we’ve been growing, we have so many new designers that our sites have varying aspects and functionalities that make each so unique. The Buckingham has been one of my favorite builds so far. The project came up right as I had settled into using some of our newer in-house tools and I got a chance to push some of my own limits with Ruby. The project I’m currently working on, The Montage, is very similar, but has a lot of integrations that have been fun to work out!
LeaseLabs: Any last words you want to share?
The best part of my job is being faced with a challenge, sleeping on it, then finding the right answer the next day. That feeling of success is what keeps me going.
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