Company name: Etch Group
Job Role: Front End Developer by day, illustrator by night!
Country: UK (originally Polish)
For how long have you been working with Umbraco?
I’ve been working at an Umbraco agency for the last 6.5 years - I remember the times of good ol’ 4 and 5! I’m a front end developer but sometimes dabble in Umbraco builds and I feel a part of the lovely Umbraco community having been to Codegarden last year.
What in your Umbraco career are you most proud of?
I love seeing our clients fall in love with a well designed & usable CMS. We take pride in making the experience easy and simple and I enjoy making sure that the backend has a similar layout to those on the actual site as well as making sure there are meaningful descriptions, labels, and icons. One of my favourite projects was one we did for a local council because we got to use the best of two worlds: Umbraco and gov.uk Elements (I ❤ it).
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am not working on an Umbraco project, but from time to time I am... I often get my hands into React builds though which is something I’m working on now. Sometimes I only handle data that comes out of Umbraco, but I have worked on smaller full builds in the past and found it quite intuitive to create custom components or simplified RTEs, etc.
What are your top 3 best tips for an Umbraco newbie?
- Get involved with the community as soon as you can 😊 Twitter or our Umbraco.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Umbracians love helping each other.
- You can build pretty much anything in it, on top of readily available components you can build custom ones.
What is on your desk at work?
Funny you should ask! Can you recognise the coaster? 😉
My desk is surprisingly clean for this picture 😉
The unicorn notebook I actually received as my Umbraco Secret Santa (highly recommended) gift from ... well, it’s a secret so I don’t know! But it’s my Umbraco buddy from Sweden.
I’ve been working from home since March. You can also see my beloved trackball mouse. I am also putting some fun posters on the wall to make it a bit more friendly.
What book are you reading now?
Just one? I’m currently reading “Wow no thank you” by S. Irby - it’s super fun and I just love how chill she is about her imperfections - it’s inspirational.
I normally read anything sci-fi or epic fantasy and want to pick up “Foundation and Empire” next.
I’m also listening to a couple of audiobooks (“Animal Farm” and re-listening “Harry Potter”).
What are you watching now?
I’m a recent Star Trek convert. In the last 3 years, I’ve seen some of the OS, the whole TNG, and getting close to finishing DS9, which is by far the best. I love Moogie, the most kickass woman out there - in the land of men, she’s become (probably) the richest and most influential Ferengi woman on the planet. Obviously, I watched Picard when it came out... though, I don’t wanna talk about it!
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