Jackie Balzer

Hi! I'm Jackie Balzer, and I build websites.

I'm Head of Front End Development at Behance, the world's leading online platform for showcasing and discovering creative work. I'm a product- and design-minded engineer focused on building quality experiences and architecting CSS for Behance and Adobe Portfolio. I love bringing designs to life with code.

About me

I'm happiest at the intersection of design and code. I'm passionate about bringing a design from a static mockup to prototype to a production-ready product; my favorite days are spent working closely with designers, poring over design details, intent, and interactions, while balancing technical possibilities and constraints.

I also have a deep love for clean, efficient codebases, and love spearheading refactors, code cleanups and solving architectural problems. I am currently enjoying discovering new advantages brought in by various CSS-in-JS solutions, in particular CSS Modules in both Vue.js and React. And although the front end is my greatest love, my roots go back to PHP, which I never pass up an opportunity to dabble in.

Aside from coding, I like bringing people together and growing passionate, empathetic teams. I believe the best products are the result of teams who care deeply not only for their work and their users, but also for each other.

Outside of work I love to hang out with my cats Ned and Bread, travel, eat and drink adventurously, and lounge in large bodies of water (ask me about my pool floatie collection!).

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