The Curriculum Vitae of Harry Roberts. Hi there, I’m Harry. I am a Consultant Front-end Architect, designer, developer, writer and speaker from the UK.

About me

Me

Name
Harry Roberts
Job
Consultant Front-end Architect
Status
For hire
Location
Leeds, UK
Skills
  • Front-end Architecture
  • Design
  • Development
  • OOCSS
  • Performance
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Git
  • Vim
  • Agile

Contact

Email
[email protected]
Website
csswizardry.com
GitHub
github.com/csswizardry
Twitter
@csswizardry

Career and work

Job

Title
Front-end Architect
Location
International
Services
  • Consultancy
  • Training
  • Speaking
  • Workshops
  • Development
  • Advisory

CSS Wizardry

Company
CSS Wizardry Ltd.
Title
Consultant Front-end Architect
Clients
  • Google
  • BBC
  • NHS
  • Financial Times
  • Etsy
  • Kickstarter
  • Booking.com
From
October, 2013
To
Present
Responsibilities
  • Consultancy
  • Speaking
  • Workshops
  • Development
Notes
After years of continued open-source contributions, publication of articles, speaking, workshops, and working in varied organisations, I decided, in 2013, to turn CSS Wizardry into my full time job. I am working to help agencies, product teams and individuals write better quality front-end code for faster, leaner and more scalable products. I am doing this through a combination of workshops, talks and consultancy.

BSkyB

Company
British Sky Broadcasting
Title
Senior UI Developer
From
March, 2011
To
October, 2013
Responsibilities
  • Build
  • Front-end Architecture
  • Front-end Performance
  • Scalability
  • Mobile Development
  • Training
  • Developer Relations
  • Progressive Enhancement
  • Design Rationalisation
Notes
Working solo in a large team of software engineers, I was responsible for the front-ends of some of Sky’s largest and most profitable online products. I worked to provide in-house tools and frameworks, as well as code standards, to enable the larger team to construct front-ends. I also focused heavily front-end performance, scalability, architecture and maintainability.

Venturelab

Company
Venturelab UK Ltd.
Title
Web Developer
From
January, 2010
To
March, 2011
Responsibilities
  • Design
  • Build
  • UX
  • UI
  • IA
  • Accessibility
  • Progressive Enhancement
Notes
Working as lead front-end developer in a VC’s dedicated web team. I was responsible for the build of websites as well as taking the company toward a progressive enhancement, design-in-the-browser and lean development approach.

Sense Internet

Company
Sense Internet
Title
Web Developer
From
July, 2008
To
January, 2010
Responsibilities
  • Design
  • Build
  • UX
  • UI
  • IA
  • Accessibility
  • Designing in the browser
  • Progressive Enhancement
Notes
I secured my first full-time role at Sense Internet when I was 17. It was working here that taught me vital team-working skills as well as providing me with real-world industry/agency experience.

CSS Wizardry

CSS Wizardry

Website
csswizardry.com
Launched
2007
Notes
Through CSS Wizardry I have written hundreds of articles, released open-source code, spoken at international conferences, run workshops and a lot more. It has become a strong personal brand and is known in the industry as a source of high-quality writing around the subjects of CSS architecture, performance and more.

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Qualifications

A-Levels
3
GCSEs
13

Nice things people have said about me

Lightning fast, with incredible passion and ability that I haven’t experienced with anyone else. Harry has great dialogue with design teams, is firm in his front-end beliefs, and challenges design decisions that will impact the performance of large, high traffic sites. However, and importantly, he is willing to compromise, delivering the extra bit that designers always look for and, ultimately, contributes to fantastic products.

I am going to miss him as a colleague and a friend, but more people need to benefit from what he has to offer. Rob Farnell, Lead Designer, BSkyB

You’ve shown me the ropes when working with a big company [...] it’s been great having you as a colleague. Matt Allen, Designer, BSkyB

We’re great fans of Harry at FT Labs, his work has had a lot of influence over the CSS architecture of the Financial Times web app. Andrew Betts, Director, FT Labs

I’ve got a crush on Harry Roberts. Andrew Clarke