6 March 2020

Camila Waz: Css is Awesome

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I present to you Camila Waz, she will keep us company for this interview! Camila is a Brazilian web designer and developer, now based in Dublin – Ireland.

Css is awesome

It was the WordCamp Dublin, 20 October 2019. I choose the last talk before rushing to the airport to attend the flight to Milan! The talk begins: The speaker goes on stage, writes ‘CSS is Awesome‘ on the board and the talk begins

Let’s find out more about Camila and her work with a few questions!

During your talk in Dublin you wrote on the blackboard “css is awesome”, what do you like about this language?

I did that referring to a common joke/meme about CSS that runs in the community to express how “not so great” CSS can be sometimes
For some, CSS looks very unpredictable but this can also be considered a feature. There is more to read about this specific meme here (https://css-tricks.com/css-is-awesome/).

I like to use that usually because it resonates with basically everyone – the ones that think CSS is hard and easy to break, and the ones that can see CSS features as great possibilities.
Also, this was the reference that we use to create the DublinCSS logo (you can check it here: http://dublincss.org/).

Do you love Front End technologies, which are the ones you know and appreciate more?

I’m all about the basics here because I believe that they exist for a reason. So you can count on me to get the best possible solutions with HTML, CSS and sparkles of JavaScript.
Those are the fundamentals of the web, is where all begins and those are the languages that the browser reads, so I tend to expend my time with the basics pushing it as further as I can before I think in implement something extra into my work.
As a UX Design Engineer (my current role) I’m working designing and building solutions so I focus on keeping my designs as simple and clear as possible, to avoid the common discrepancies between design and build. I take care of all the static builds and animations and my colleagues implement the final versions in Angular (most of the time this kinda happen at the same time and I do a bit of everything, always making sure that we are building the thing the right way for our users).

Are there Front End technologies you don’t know but have on your wish list?

I try to keep myself on the loop on what’s going on regarding new nice frameworks and stuff, but I have to admit I’m not as vivid as I was a few years ago – front end tech changes a lot and it changes fast. So I’m trying a new approach and learning concepts at this time.

For this year I really want to dig deeper into accessibility as it is one of the most valuables skills a designer or/and developer can have and benefits everyone. Unfortunately, accessibility still is taken as a differential but the way I see it should be a required skill for all of us.

Another thing I have my eyes on are Design Tokens (created by Jina Anne, you can check more on this podcast episode https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/11/smashing-podcast-episode-3/) as it is fastly emerging with the use of design systems and I believe it can help us to keep things flexible and consistent if done right – which its a very crucial thing now that we are living in this sea of ever-changing technology.

In addition to WordCamps, you are also active in Css meetups. What is the value of this type of meeting?

I love meetups. I think there is a certain magic involved when a bunch of people is gathering to discuss something that they like. Beyond all the passion involved, there is also the Networking factor. It’s hard to socialize when you are in large conferences.

Meet-ups are often smaller and provide the attendees with the opportunity to have a chat with everyone if they feel like it. It’s also for beginners a great place to learn from others because is easier to ask questions directly. For more experienced people it provides a platform sharing new ideas as it is most of the time easier and less scary to submit a CFP for a meetup.

You are subscribed to many sites such as: Behance, unsplash, Pinterest, GitHub, Codepen and many others. Do you have any favorites? What do you use them for?

You got me here. I’m a bit addicted to social networks in general. I try to be present and I don’t really think further when signing up on the newest shiny app (Although I’m not on TikTok – yet :P). I graduated in Communication for digital media, for Peter’s sake – I should have known better about the impacts that this type of social exposure have. I just can’t help it. I’m a natural-born sharer and that has a large impact on how I use social networks, but it is also the reason I got into web development in the first place (it all began because I was trying to improve my blog’s layouts – I was only 14 at this time).

Now back to the question… From the ones you mentioned, my favourite is by far CodePen. Is a great place to learn, to share work, to just jot a little proof of concept that crosses your mind. Is easy to use and the pro versions allow you to even teach on the platform.
I’m also very present on twitter from.. always. It used to just be a place for my teenage years’ rants but it became a very valuable source of inspiration for me as a developer. I admit that this is not everyone’s experience as Twitter is known for being a toxic platform, but somehow I managed to get a lot of value from it.
Pinterest, Behance, Instagram and Unsplash are a great source of inspiration for me, so I’m always browsing around when I have some time or when I need references and ideas for projects.

For those interested in following you, which social networks would you recommend?

I would definitely recommend to follow me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/camila_waz) for people that want to keep hearing from me. If you want more, check those out:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camila-waz/
CodePen: https://codepen.io/camila_waz
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colordrops_/

Rosadigitale Week

This interview is part of a series of articles dedicated to “the week of rosadigitale“, an event dedicated to equal opportunities.
This year I organized the interviews in pairs, with the same theme. The interview with Camila is part of “Irish Interviews” dedicated to wonderful people known in Dublin.

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