Lara Callender Hogan

I'm the Senior Engineering Manager of Performance at Etsy and the author of Designing for Performance. Follow me on Twitter, read my blog.

I champion performance as a part of the overall user experience, striking a balance between aesthetics and speed, and building performance into company culture. I also believe it's important to celebrate career achievements with donuts.

Designing for PerformanceI’m the author of Designing for Performance. This practical introduction to performance from a designer and front-end developer perspective has been featured in Netmag’s “Need list” and reviewed on CSS-Tricks. It covers:

The book is available for purchase here in both ebook and print version.

You can read the book online for free! I'm also donating all of the proceeds from book purchases to various charities focused on getting girls and women into coding, including Girl Develop It, Women Who Code, Black Girls Code, and DonorsChoose projects like Growing "Girls with Gadgets"! and Girls Can Code, Too!.

Recent Work

Building a Device Lab, the book

Building a device labAt Etsy, Destiny Montague and I built a device lab with 30+ devices and iterated upon the lab as we learned more about how developers and designers use it. Building upon our talk, Destiny Montague and I wrote this book to help others build out their labs as a product for their coworkers. The ebook is due out mid-October 2015, with print available soon.

Performance: Showing Versus Telling (A List Apart)

Take your message to the next level. Help those around you feel the impact that performance has on your overall user experience. Showing is so much more compelling than telling; showcasing the real user experience is much more powerful than staring at numbers or bar charts. So how can we show performance? Use videos of your site loading, and wall monitors! This article shows you how.

The Pastry Box Project

I am currently contributing a monthly article to The Pastry Box Project. My posts so far:

Image Formats - The Nerdy Parts

I presented my favorite parts about image formats (what may be called “the nerdy parts”, as if all of performance isn’t incredibly nerdy) at Etsy to the front end development team. Slides

Product + Performance

Etsy’s Performance team gave this internal presentation to all the Product Managers at Etsy about how to incorporate performance into their product development cycles. Slides

Page Speed

Designing for Performance

This talk focused on performance from a designer’s and front end developer’s perspective, including the basics of page speed, optimizing HTML, CSS and images, and implementing responsive design with an eye on performance. I have given iterations of this talk at the various meetups, conferences, and companies.

Interviewed on The Path to Performance

The Path to Performance is a podcast dedicated to fostering a culture around web performance in organizations. Katie and Tim talk to guests who have successfully integrated performance as part of their culture and the benefits they have seen. I talk about how our team at Etsy works to help performance stay top of mind throughout the product development process, and how we celebrate performance wins. Audio and Transcript

Interviewed for Netmag Exchange

Net Magazine’s “Exchange” section includes practical advice from industry experts. I was invited to answer questions about performance in their April 2015 edition (pdf).

Designing for Performance: Can We Have it All?

Everyone wants sites that are responsive, beautiful, and fast. Do we need to make tradeoffs? And whose job is performance, anyway? In this event from February 26, 2015, A List Apart asked a panel of designers and developers from both in-house and agency teams to share their stories, strategies, and case studies. Watch the video or read the transcript here.

Mobile Web

Building a Device Lab, a tutorial with Destiny Montague

At Etsy, we’ve built a device lab with 30+ devices and iterated upon the lab as we learned more about how developers and designers use it. We approached building it like a product for internal users, and are eager to help others build out their labs so we can learn from each other. We have presented this tutorial at Velocity Santa Clara, Velocity NY, and Velocity Barcelona. The book Building a device lab is forthcoming from Five Simple Steps, co-authored by Destiny and me.

Mobile Web at Etsy

I spoke about the growing importance of building for mobile web as users may be on any device, platform or connection. I shared Etsy’s approach, lessons learned and tips for growing a mobile web focus at your organization. I’ve given versions of this talk at at 200OK, IndustryConf, and Breaking Development.

Mobile web is not (just) a technical challenge

In this keynote at Velocity, I spoke about how Etsy moved towards a culture of performance and mobile web by educating, incentivizing and empowering everyone who works at Etsy. Slides and video

Etsy's Device Lab (Code as Craft)

I share how we built Etsy’s mobile device testing lab, complete with communication techniques, challenges like power supply, what we learned about how to make it intuitive for developers and designers to use, and pictures!

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