Justin Conway

Justin Conway

Justin Conway is a Chicago-based Front End Developer currently working as a Web Engineer at Sprout Social and is passionate about the web and pork.

He has more than seven years of experience solving problems with web technologies. He is always interested in finding new ways to develop challenging and innovative web products.

When he’s not developing or learning, Justin is known to post photos of his cat to Instagram or be seen enjoying a nice glass of bourbon.

Metallica

Metallica

My last project I got to work on at StageBloc was Metallica's website, specifically creating components that we would use throughout the entire website. While working at StageBloc I had the opportunity to work on many large-scale projects, but Metallica was easily the largest.

Before we started the project we realized that creating a components library was a necessity in order to make sure that the website could remain consistent in design. It was our first time creating a components library for a theme, but ended up proving very beneficial, not just for the scalability for development, but also making it easier to work with our designer and stakeholders.

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Sprout Social Insights

Insights is the Sprout Social WordPress blog where content creators are able to share industry knowledge of Social Media as well as product announcements for the platform. Insights had been around for years before I started at Sprout Social, and like many WordPress sites had gone through a lot of iterations within the same theme. When talks of a redesign came around I was quick to make a case for a complete redevelopment of the theme. I wanted to make sure that we could create a WordPress theme that would be maintainable by several developers, as well as performance optimized for readers. The end result was a significant improvement in code quality, maintainability, as well as overall web performance.

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Sprout Social Insights
Sprout Social Insights
Sprout Social Insights

Performance Testing Tools

Its hard to find web developers in 2017 who don’t factor in performance into their day to day work. Stakeholders are realizing that web performance is essential to their business and conversions, and developers are realizing that not everyone in the world is accessing websites from a brand new MacBook Pro with blazing fast internet speeds. As a developer I may go a bit overboard, some may even call it an obsession, but web performance is something I’m incredibly passionate about. It all ties back in to the inclusion of the web, and providing the best possible experience for every person to access your site or product.

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