Web Animation Ambassador
Award-winning cartoonist turned interaction developer.
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.
- Using Animation to Enhance Your UX UIE Brainsparks Podcast
- 5 steps for mastering web animation Creative Bloq
- Web Animation & Interaction Design The Web Platform Podcast
- Comics and Code The Code Newbies Podcast
- OSCON Interview O'Reilly
- The Fantastic Rachel Nabors Web Friends Podcast
- Rachel Nabors on How Speaking Can Help and Hurt Your Business Ladies in Tech Podcast
- Talkin’ CSS, Animation and X-Men with Rachel Nabors SitePoint
- Non-Breaking Space Podcast
- Shop Talk Show
- Draw Me a Robot
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.