Meet the Skill Makers: Jessica Lord

Meet Jessica Lord, our Skill Maker in-residence for all things Hacker related. She helped build Skills like Open Sourcerer, Game DevWeb DesignerFrontend Dev - and is currently working on Architect.  She’s been with us for the past 3 months and will be leaving us at the end of this week. We’ll miss you, Jess!

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in middle Georgia! Then Atlanta for my college years so 25 years total in Georgia. 

What did you want to be as kid?

I’ve loved cities and architecture for as long as I can remember. I drew houses and visited homes under construction a lot growing up. I took drafting in high school and then went to college for architecture. I was also always geeking out on web stuff on the side and after 4 years working in architecture/urban design I’m now ramping up my development skills.  

What sort of things did you like building?

I drew plans for houses, built things out of scrap wood from my Dad’s woodshop. I also remember playing “pioneer” a lot as a kid - picking weeds pretending they were food and making utensils and bowls out of twig and tin foil. 

How did you get into web design and coding?

I can’t remember the impetus but sometime in the late 90’s I used my allowance and bought myself an HTML book. I taught myself and was hooked. I enjoyed both the designing and coding elements and was making websites from the ground up on the weekends for fun. 

What were you doing before you joined DIY as a Skill Maker?

Most recently I completed a fellowship with Code for America; building tools for cities to better utilize technology and engage with residents. Before last year I was an Urban Designer for the City of Boston, I worked on things like neighborhood master plans, 3D studies and building design reviews. Prior to that I worked in architecture in Atlanta and designed a few homes and multi-family buildings. 

Which Skill(s) describes you best?

Open Sourcerer, Stitcher and Chef - these skills really encompass what I spend my waking hours doing everyday - and coincidentally what I most enjoy!

What sort of role do you think a Skill Maker plays in the DIY community?

Hopefully to make getting into something new really exciting and easy!

What do you want to impart onto Makers?

That you can do so much more yourself than you might think! Anyone can be a Skill Maker because everyone has something they can share information about!

What is the best part about being a Skill Maker?  The most challenging?

The best part is all the random and new stuff I learn while creating the curriculum for the skills. The most challenging is achieving the best combination of approachable but appropriately stimulating and full of new information with the challenges.

Working on any Skills or personal projects now?

Yeah! I’m always hacking on side projects on evenings and weekends, most of my code is up on my GitHub account. I also have a blog where I make tutorials with a friend for all the projects we do ourselves at home. 

It was so awesome having you here. Best of luck on all the things! 


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