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I spent a few months working with Guru to improve their customer-facing product (and to brush up on my React skills!) Here is a taste of just some of the things I did:

A better on-boarding experience 👋

I added useful information and brand personality to many “inbox-zero” pages that were previously blank. For new users, this helps with on-board by explaining what each section of the site is used for, and for existing users, this gives them something nice to look at!

guru blank verified

guru blank questions

guru blank mentions

Accessibility improvements ♿️

I created an internal guide on creating React components with accessibility best practices in mind, highlighting the importance of semantic code and keyboard navigability. As an example, I implemented a checkbox as Guru’s first fully accessible component, with (hopefully) many more to come!

Here are screenshots of keyboard navigability in action thanks to focus states:

guru checkbox 1

guru checkbox 2

Additionally, I worked on other various improvement for users with Reduce Motion and Increase Contrast enabled in their accessibility settings.

Profile pictures 🙍‍♀️

I worked on improving profile pictures across the site with a new default avatar system based on user initials.

guru avatar users

guru avatars feed

I also revamped how avatars are uploaded on the site. Here are some before and after screenshots:

guru upload before

guru upload after

guru preview before

guru preview after

A ton of other tiny things 🥇

I also worked on other various internal tools and improving development workflow, including, but not limited to:

  • Getting React Developer Tools to work inside Chrome’e extension sandbox!
  • Fixing an issue with git-flow-avh!
  • Debugging Electron apps!
  • A new content sharing workflow!
  • And more!

About Melody

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Melody is a web developer, designer, and community event organizer based in Philly. You can find them on Twitter at @pixelyunicorn .

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