Volunteer Spotlight: Valerie Sharp

gradpic-1In the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Valerie Sharp!

What’s your day job?

I’m a UX / Lead Frontend Developer at Estify at the moment. I’m at work I’m either trying to perfect balance between colors and spacing or trying to figure out why my code broke. Sounds stressful but I honestly feel like I get the best of both worlds: art and code.

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

Being one of the few Frontend Developers on my team, I’ve had to learn the importance of balancing my workload to get things done. I also feel my ability to create responsive interface will help get things done on the front end side of things.

What was your favorite project that you ever worked on?

Every project has been exciting for me because each project teaches me something new! But the one project that I’m very proud of is my MoodBook website. I created a journal entry website that analyses your words to get an overall feel for your mood and converts that into colors. If you use a lot of positive words, it will generate brighter colors. If you use a lot of negative words, it will generate darker colors.

Why are you excited about Website Weekend?

I feel so lucky to be a part of the GDI community because it’s all about giving back and passing on what you’ve learned to the next person. In a way, I feel like GDI creates these amazing coding superheroes that save the day one line of code at a time! And this is exactly what the weekend is all about. It’s a time where we are able to show off our amazing skills to help out someone else.

What’s your favorite book, movie or tv show?

Favorite book would have to be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but my favorite tv show has to be Luke Cage (I think that’s why superhero on my brain).

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