SOUEIDAN

A photo of Sara in her home office

Hi, I’m Sara.

I’m an independent Web user interface and design systems engineer, author, speaker, and trainer based in 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 have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences, and have been doing what I do since 2013, when I started my freelance career, as well as published my first ever blog post on this site!

Today, 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.

I work with companies and agencies around the world, building Web user interfaces, design systems, and digital products with focus on responsive design, accessibility, performance, and cutting-edge tech. I’ve worked with teams at companies like SuperFriendly, Herman Miller, Khan Academy, Bosch, and more.

I also speak and run workshops across the globe, covering practical insights and tried and true practices for building scalable, resilient front-end foundations. In the last few years, I’ve presented and delivered Keynotes at dozens of events worldwide, and have led workshops at conferences, as well as in-house for companies like Netflix, Telus, and the Royal Schiphol Group at Amsterdam Airport.

In 2015, I was voted Developer of the Year in the net awards, and shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution of the Year award. I also won an O’Reilly Web Platform Award for “exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and the supporting Web ecosystem.”

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.

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Sara possesses a near-boundless curiosity, a peerless intellect, and some of the best communication skills I’ve seen in our industry. She’s also one of the finest, friendliest people I’ve ever met. I’ve watched her unpack gnarly, technical concepts in countless articles and conference talks, and I’m constantly awed at her ability to make even the most tangled specification more approachable to the rest of us. What’s more, it’s rare to find someone who cares equally deeply about accessibility and cutting-edge code; thankfully, Sara’s able to marry the two in everything she does, and artfully so.

Our industry is better for Sara’s work, her voice, and her passion. Heck, my work is better for her work. I’m proud to consider her a colleague, and would leap at the chance to collaborate with her on a project.

Ethan Marcotte, Designer & Author of “Responsive Web Design

Some trivia about me:

  • I love birds and have raised more than a dozen of them throughout my life. If you ever jump on a call with me, you’ll have a conversation with me to the sound of a great number of birds chirping in the background. (People love that.)
  • I don’t drink coffee. My alternative drinks are ginger tea, green tea, and fresh fruit smoothies.
  • I’ve always been an artist before I became a developer. I used to draw people using a piece of charcoal and a pencil.
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.

Selected Interviews

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.