Web Animation Ambassador

Award-winning cartoonist turned interaction developer.

A photo of Rachel Nabors in her star earrings.

Before getting into front-end development, I was making award-winning comics for teenage girls. Now I travel the world, speaking about web animation and giving workshops. My articles on the topic have been published on Smashing Mag, A List Apart, and 24 Ways (twice!). When not biking around my new home city of Portland, Oregon, USA, I make interactive comics at my company Tin Magpie where I advocate on behalf of the creative community for a more interactive web.

I also run a newsletter called Web Animation Weekly, and I'm always soliciting submissions!


Rachel's (Inspiring? Hard luck?) Story

Rachel was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she learned goose wrangling and Photoshop. After watching Chasing Amy at the tender age of 14, she started making comics which helped her escape rural poverty and lead to several industry awards: A Kim Yale for best new female talent and a Nerdlinger in 2007 which she still trots out at parties to resolve comics-based disputes amongst guests.

Rachel had always built sites and tinkered with opensource CMSes to help manage her burgeoning following and promote her comics. When life happened, she shifted gears whole heartedly to web development, grudgingly leaving her fandom behind. Trying to find the niche where she belonged, she experimented with working in web design, UX, programming, and finally settled into front-end development.

The widespread adoption of CSS Animations and Transitions rekindled her creative spark in 2012 when she delivered her first talk on Flashless animation. After that, she was hooked! After traveling the world, spreading the good news, she founded her own company, Tin Magpie, where she advocates for creative applications of web technologies like the Web Animation API.

Rachel loves traveling, studying birds, playing Pokémon, and wearing boots, making comics, and helping people learn. When not biking around the city of Portland, you can find her tending her orchids or brewing a hot cup of golden tippy Yunnan in a gaiwan pot.


Copyright © 2008 – 2015 Rachel Nabors