The Setup - Lucy Carter

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Lucy, Frontend Developer for Leeds based agency TK.

Lucy Carter

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Lucy and I’m a Web Developer based in Leeds. I’m originally from Yarm, North Yorkshire, but everyone here seems to think I’m a Geordie (howay like). I moved to Leeds two years ago and I love it here.

I enjoy reading, yoga, cooking and baking. Every week I bake muffins to be sold in the office to raise money for Leeds Community Foundation and other rotated charities.

I’m predominantly a frontend developer at TK but dabble in a bit of PHP and JavaScript too. We take on a variety of projects from small WordPress brochure sites to large e-commerce sites built on Laravel. I’m especially interested in animations and the little flairs that make a site’s user experience more interesting. When we’re building a brochure site, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to experiment with fancy animations and effects; the ‘nice-to-haves’. They may be really subtle, but it’s totally worth investing a little time into making a site a bit different or more enjoyable for the user.

What hardware do you use?

At TK, I work on a 27" iMac with a 24" second monitor. It isn’t very portable but it means I can leave my work at work and concentrate on chilling out at home. We have a development MacBook Air floating about if we ever need to hop into a meeting or sit with a designer for the day.

At home, I use an old (and heavy) 15" MacBook Pro which has seen better days.

And what software?

On a day to day basis, I’m using Sublime Text, iTerm, and Sequel Pro (all of which have received a few mentions from other devs on The Setup - so, they must be good!). I only started using iTerm a few months ago, but I absolutely love it and can’t believe I survived with plain old Terminal for so long, and it means I can play designer when creating different server profiles.

At TK, we’re also on Slack, which is so useful when speaking to designers and account handlers about projects, whether they’re in the LA office, London office, or just upstairs. We’ve integrated Slack with Jira and Pingdom so we’ve got immediate visibility on any server problems and bugs being raised. It’s great to have so much useful information in one place!

What would be your dream setup?

At the moment, the dream is to just have a nice workspace at home. I currently don’t have a desk, so once I have that sorted, a shiny new MacBook Air with a large display would be ace. Although I work on a computer all day, I love writing things down and have a bit of a notebook obsession. So lots of amazing notebooks are definitely part of the dream (I’m easily pleased).

One item you can't live without?

Terrence my sloth tea infuser. I don’t think I could get through the day without a brew. And Terrence is just adorable and hangs inside my mug looking cosy.

Thanks Lucy!

Lucy Carter on 13th January, 2017.

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