About

Clarissa posing with a cardboard cutout of Flo from the Progressive commercials.

At the Progressive corporate headquarters in 2012 to give a talk on responsive design to the Cleveland Web Standards Association. Flo was not able to attend the event.

I’ve been working on the web since 2002, in nearly every role you can imagine. I started as a front-end developer and moved on to focusing on user experience and digital strategy in recent years. My diverse experience enables me to fill a unique role in teams, bridging the gap between designers, developers, and all the other areas that are necessary to build and maintain a strong online presence.

In the early part of my career, I was lucky enough to work at some pretty awesome places, such as the Library of Congress, AARP, Fannie Mae, and the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. I’ve also worked for Ralph Nader.

In 2012, I started speaking at web design and development conferences, where I give presentations on topics such as user experience, digital strategy, and responsive design. I have given talks or workshops at more than 60 events. I’m also an instructor in the web developer fast track program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

I wrote a book called Learning Responsive Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide, which was published in 2014 by O’Reilly Media. This book is a start-from-the-beginning introduction to responsive design, targeted towards designers, project managers, department heads, and others who may have trouble getting into the many more technical, developer-focused books on responsive design. It’s great for the members of your team who are having trouble understanding the concept of responsive design, and everything that needs to happen to make a responsive website work well.

Currently I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with my wonderful husband A.J. Kandy. I grew up in central Wisconsin (lots of cows), and I’ve also lived in Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Montreal.

I currently have availability for consulting, and I’m open to a full-time position if the right one comes along. I am authorized to work in both Canada and the United States.

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