Michelle F

  • @miffens
  • Frontend Software Engineer, pilot.com
  • she/her
Accessibility Web dev in the Silly Valley...  
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Alumni, Linguistics & Cognitive Science Major (CS subconcentration)

  • Scripps College
  • Dec 2018 - Present

Frontend Software Engineer

  • pilot.com
  • Feb 2021 - Present

UI Developer (SMTS1)

  • Delphix
  • Jan 2018 - Feb 2021

Cat Foster

  • 13th Street Cat Rescue
  • May 2014 - Jan 2018

Software Engineering Intern

  • Cisco
  • Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Assistant Instructor: Computer Programming

  • Galileo Learning
  • Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
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Oct 31, 2021
Oct 31, 2021
Attended Clarity Conference 2021
Connected with design system engineers and designers
Networked as an introvert
Designed my own learning path
Followed conference speakers on Twitter
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Attended Clarity Conf 2021

1. Ambiguous purpose leads to burnout. Find what energizes you and use that to define your priorities and boundaries. - Design Systems Burnout, Lauren LoPrete
2. Design is intertwined with addiction. When the focus is on "bigger user bases", "daily active users", addiction becomes the goal of work. Just because we can remove friction doesn't mean we always should. Move fast, break people. - Dysfunctional Systems: Digital Products and Addiction, John Voss
3. Dark mode is more than just inversing the palette. - The Diff After Dark Mode, Diana Mounter

The other highlight was socializing in gather.town and playing Drag Queen Bingo with other attendees. The virtual social events were organic and effective at spurring casual conversation, minus the awkward dance of joining a conversing group in physical spaces. I felt like I talked to more people than I would have at a physical conference.
Jun 26, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Mentored a college student
Shared my network
Shared how I navigate burnout
Networked as an introvert
First Polywork collaboration
Shared my self-learning experiences with others
Connected with a cognitive science major
Shared online learning resources
+ 6

First Collab on Polywork

Connected with a fellow cognitive science major interested in the tech industry and accessibility. I shared how I approached networking and skillbuilding as an introvert from a nontraditional background. We talked about doing things the way that is healthy for you vs forcing yourself to do what others proclaim as the only "right" way.
Jun 16, 2021
Jun 16, 2021
Gave an internal talk
Created a meme for presentation slides
Illustrated cats for my presentation slides
Shared my experience interacting with open source
Demonstrated techniques for reading unfamiliar code
Interacted with open source VueJS code
+ 4

Presented "Deciphering the Vue Multiselect Source Code: A Campfire Story"

Turned my recent experience interacting with an open source project into a talk for the engineering org. Showcased systematic process and techniques for getting oriented in an unfamiliar codebase.
Frontend Software Engineer, pilot.com
May 30, 2021
May 30, 2021
Finished The Art & Science of Drawing SHADING FUNDAMENTALS by Brent Eviston
Designed my own learning path

Took a Shading Course

This course was only 1.5 hours long and what was taught wasn't completely new to me, so I completed it quickly.
I liked that it articulated lighting concepts that I was vaguely grasping at via intuition before. Now I can be more intentional about how I shade.
May 21, 2021
May 21, 2021
Started Ice Skating
Designed my own learning path

Resumed ice skating after 1 year+ of Never Leaving The House

May 14, 2021
May 14, 2021
Interacted with open source VueJS code
First Pull Request
Contributed a pull request
Improved keyboard accessibility for an open source project
+ 2

Submitted a PR to Vue Multiselect

My first official pull request ever, driven by a bug fix my company's product needs + the desire to no longer maintain a custom fork.
Frontend Software Engineer, pilot.com
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