About me

Just a person who loves learning, creating, reading, vintage inspired style, and most important of all: my two samoyed dogs!

I'm currently working as a software engineer, but I was previously a pastry chef specialising in handmade confectionery!

Taryn at her desk with her big fluffy dog begging for treats Taryn at her desk giving her big fluffy dog a treat

About my career

  • 2000: Taught myself to write HTML so I could build websites about my virtual pets 🐶
  • February 2018: Realised I could learn how to code for real, quit my candy making career and started a 12 week web development bootcamp at General Assembly 🍬
  • June 2018: Started as a Junior Front-End Web Developer at Finder 👩🏻‍💻
  • September 2019: Promoted to Software Engineer 🎉
  • August 2020: Joined the Editor team at Atlassian 🥳

Things I’ve worked on

Atlassian

Finder

  • Design Ops: as a team we refreshed the navigation, page templates, side bar and more, giving the whole site a fresh new look and improved user experience. The page templates we created and rolled out across the site reduced bounce rate by ~25%.
  • Gutenberg CMS: building ‘blocks’ (components) for the new WordPress editor, using a hybrid renderer that renders Wordpress content in a Next.JS front-end.
  • Engineering diversity working group.
  • Finder Tech Blog.
  • Web accessibility learning breaks.
  • Helped propose and implement web accessibility standards.