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Ash Connolly

Ash Connolly

I'm a senior front end developer & designer based in glorious Sheffield, UK. I create scalable and maintainable front end systems, using logical, component based CSS. Currently working at U Account where I shape and improve how we approach front end code.

I’ve worked with large household name clients like BBC Children In Need, NHS, and I recently led the front end development of the new World Wildlife Fund website.

Recent work

World Wildlife Fund

I had the pleasure of leading the front end development for one of the worlds largest charities. I created a flexible, component based front end system, coding guidelines and a living styleguide to make future updates and site maintenance as easy as possible.

This made it easy to create unique page layouts by choosing from a selection of components. It also helped developers working on the site, but most importantly it led to a better, more consistent, user experience for site visitors.

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BBC Children In Need

I made various updates and changes to the BBC Children In Need website, implementing new design UI elements and adding new functionality.

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Net Magazine Design Challenge

I was invited to participate in the Net Magazine design challenge. The brief was to design a site to help users find volunteering opportunities.

The major goal was to make volunteering accessible and easy to get involved with. I did this by designing a date and location based search to make it easy to find volunteering opportunities nearby that fit around the users’ lifestyle.

Blog posts

A more seamless workflow – style guides for better design and development

An article outlining the effectiveness of style guide driven workflows, and how they benefit both the design and development of an interface. This article has been well received, reaching over 40,000 views and over 12,000 reads.

It's been mentioned by industry leaders, featured on the Marvel Blog and is also part of the FreeCodeCamp publication on Medium.

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Managing media queries

In this article I explain the benefits of component driven media queries. It covers how they are inline with flexible design systems such as Atomic Design and how they facilitate content driven media queries, as opposed to device driven media queries, to create the best experience.

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Side Projects

Rawgit for Github

This chrome extension allows you to quickly convert Github links to RawGit links so that they can be used in development or production environments. It uses the brilliant RawGit, by Ryan Grove, to serves raw files directly from GitHub with proper content-type headers.

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Line height adjuster

A chrome extension that allows you to adjust the line height of any website to give a better reading experience. It offers a simple slider to adjust line height within a reasonable range, but if more line height is required you can enter a value in a manual entry box.

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