I’m Alan Shortis—a front end developer based in Nottingham. I like CSS more than JavaScript, design systems more than chaos, and accessibility more than exclusion.

As a front end developer, I specialise in building user interfaces with HTML and CSS. But, it being 2021, I also work extensively in JavaScript, using React on a daily basis partnered with GraphQL and Node.

I have been a developer professionally in some capacity for more than 10 years, though I made my first websites in the late 90s. They were terrible, even by the standards of Geocities.

My preference for front end development is likely connected to me being a design hobbyist who used the internet to show off derivative ideas. Across my career I have also worked with Classic ASP, .net, PHP, and SQL in my brief time as an analyst, but building accessible user interfaces for people is where I have settled.


  • Reading Depression: Vintage Minis by William Styron, and The Plague by Albert Camus.
  • Learning German.
  • Watching Columbo.
  • Learning JavaScript data structures and algorithms. Reluctantly.
  • Ignoring any notion of 'training' and just trying to cycle as much as I can.
  • Daydreaming about being able to travel again, while being simultaneously anxious about it.

This site

short.is uses Eleventy to generate static HTML, Sass to author CSS, web components for client JavaScript, and Netlify to build, deploy and host.


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