Sara Soueidan

Hey there! Welcome. I’m Sara.

Photo of me in my home office
A photo of me at my home office taken by me. I love photography and have been experimenting with self photoshoots recently.

I’m an independent front-end developer, trainer, author, and speaker, from Lebanon. I love the Web platform and I want to make it better for everyone. And I consider myself to be completely blessed that I get to build it for a living.

I studied Computer Sciences in the Lebanese University of Beirut and got a Bachelor’s Degree in it. But everything I know of and on the Web today is self-taught. I’ve always wanted to study multiple majors because I never wanted to stop learning. I’m grateful that I ended up in a field where one of the major requierements for staying relevant is to continuously keep learning.

Photo of me in Tyre

The more I learn, the more I write and speak about what I learn. Giving back to the community I’m part of and that I learn so much from is a natural part of being who I am in this field.

I’ve been shortlisted for two net awards: Developer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution of the Year back in 2015. I was voted the Developer of the Year by the amazing community I am part of. The community also nomimated, voted and won me an O’Reilly Web Platform Award in April 2015 for my contributions to the Web community.

I'm the author of the Codrops CSS Reference and co-author of a book that covers time-saving, practical techniques for crafting fast, maintainable and scalable responsive websites.

Today, I work with companies and agencies around the world, building Web sites and application UIs with strong focus on responsive design, accessibility, performance, and the latest in the area of front-end (CSS, SVG, presentational JavaScript). I also speak and run workshops across the globe, also focusing on CSS, SVG, Responsive Design and accessibility, covering practical tips on how to build front ends using modern tools and techniques that scale and are future-proof.

My work has been recognized by several large organizations, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, among others. And this website has been awarded HTML5 Site Of The Month in the September 2013 issue of net magazine.

Photo of me with birds all over me
I’m at my happiest when I’m surrounded (or, as in the image here, “attacked”) by birds. This photo is from a recent road trip to the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Some trivia about me:

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I’ve shared more details about how I started doing what I do, my background, my work process, and more, with magazines that have interviewed me over the last few years.

So, what’s with all the vowel letters?

Yeah.. about that: I blame the Germans. And the French.
Seriously, though: having spent most of my childhood in Germany, I grew up using the German (which also happens to be the French) spelling of my surname. All these vowel letters came from that spelling. *shrug*

It is pronounced “Swaïdaan”. “Sw-eye-daan” or “Swayden” also work. Still confused about it? I wouldn’t blame you if you were. (Sorry about that.) You can play the following audio recording to hear me pronounce it: