Colin Lord

Front End Developer


OS X or Windows OS X


IE6 or CAR CRASH Car Crash



My name is Colin Lord and I'm a front end developer. I currently work for Idea Den in Nashville, TN. I graduated Florida State University in 2008 and have been working full time ever since.


My skills in an easy to read, bulleted list:

  • Can take comps/wireframes and write hand-coded, cross-browser compatible, standards-based HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery
  • Most work has been done in a LAMP environment
  • Comfortable building scalable, responsive, optimized websites from start to finish
  • Strong understanding of the mobile-first concept of responsive development. Put another way, I know how to avoid the code bloat that inevitably tries to show up in responsive sites
  • Always strive for pixel perfection in everything I build. A happy designer = a happy team.
  • Understand HTML5 and CSS3 specs, know when to use them (and when not to)
  • Comfortable with how to code for legacy IE versions. Also comfortable with celebrating when told we only need to support IE9 and up.
  • Very experienced with (and prefer!) CSS preprocessors (both LESS and Sass)
  • Comfortable with both Git and SVN...from a terminal window please!
  • Know my way around Adobe's Creative Suite. I don't need to nag designers to export assets for me.
  • Constantly stay up to date on front end practices, web standards, and usability trends
  • Comfortable working in an agile development process
  • Extensive work in several CMS platforms: Drupal, Wordpress, ExpressionEngine

When I'm not sitting in front of a computer, I enjoy running. In addition to 10k and half marathon races, I've run the Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh several times. I like photography, especially time-lapses. I’m involved in my church, I’m an Atlanta Falcons season ticket holder, I've been mentioned on WeatherBrains, and my wife and I like to binge on Netflix on weekends.

I was born and raised in Atlanta. As such, you'll never see me drinking a Pepsi. If you want to get on my good side, just hand me an ice cold Coke. It's also my go-to drink on production push day.


Since 2013

Front End Developer

Idea Den

Here at Idea Den in Nashville, I am the front end developer for a Drupal-based platform used primarily by musicians to host their web sites. Some of our clients are The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, The Doors, and Styx.

A lot of bands out there have pretty lame web sites. They’re not mobile ready, you can’t buy music or merchandise, and you’re better off going to iTunes or Facebook. Not here. Everything we build is fully responsive for everything from an iPhone all the way to an Apple Cinema Display. Most of our sites also include a merchandise store and an online community to encourage further fan engagement.


Lead Front End Developer

Red Ventures

I spent my time at Red Ventures as the lead front end developer for two of our clients: ADT and Lifelock. In addition to building experiences for desktops, tablets, and phones, I became an expert on home security. I remember to lock my door now!

I sharpened my business and statistical analysis while I worked for RV. We did extensive A/B testing on everything from completely different layouts down to something as simple as changing the color of the logo. It was really cool to see as we honed in on a website experience that got us more and more customer response.

2010 - 2012

Creative Developer


During my time at Modea, some of the clients I worked with were Mizuno, Chiquita, Moveline, LENOX Tools, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Duke University, and the town of Blacksburg. I often was working on multiple projects at the same time.

Modea has a program called a career development plan that is similar to Google's 20% time program. What I did with my time was to I create a customized version of the HTML5 Boilerplate that all our developers started using across all our company's projects. On top of the great stuff that Paul Irish created, I added a LESS compiler to the build script and included several mixins for tasks like image replacement and CSS3 items. Since then we’ve graduated onto Ruby and Sass, but in 2010, it was definitely ahead of its time.

For the second half of my time there, I was the lead front end developer on all projects I worked on.


Technical Account Manager

Mansell Group

I did a lot of email development in my time at WhatCounts. I learned the many nuances of email development here. A lot of people claim that they can tame legacy versions of Internet Explorer. But how many people know how legacy IE browsers impact Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, and other web based mail clients? This guy.

Two clients I worked with were AARP and Airtran. There's a fun (and horrifyingly scary) feeling when you develop an email, get client approval, and then with one click send your work to tens of thousands people.


Designer/Developer Hybrid


I created various small business websites for clients in the Bellsouth footprint of AT&T. I designed their sites in Photoshop and would share them directly with the client. Once they signed off on the design, I then would develop their site as well. The turnaround time on these sites was often rather quick. We'd usually go from talking to the client to launching their site within 5-7 business days.


Front End Developer Intern


Ah memories. My first job during college. Not a lot to brag about here...just getting my feet wet!


2003 - 2008

B.S. Information Technology, Meteorology

Florida State University

I went to Florida State with the intention of only studying meteorology. Long story short, while I was there, I got sucked into the world of development. To this day, in the back of my closet I have several VHS tapes full of practice weathercasts that will undoubtedly be used to blackmail me later in life.







Wordpress & ExpressionEngine





Dustin Evans Senior Designer / Red Ventures

Colin is one of the best front-end developers I've worked with. He has a very positive attitude and just an all around great guy. He's top notch when it comes to writing clean and compliant code.


David Woods Senior Front End Developer / Heyo

Colin is an outstanding developer. He has a sharp mind and a strong science background that helps his analytical thinking skills.


Rosemary Walsh Account Manager / Return Path

Colin understood the client's needs and was able to help explain technical matters to me and clients in a way we all understood.


Lee Pannell Service Delivery Manager / Advance Auto Parts

Colin's code always cleared QA on the first pass, and his dedication to the project and team was recognized and appreciated by everyone.


I've provided a link to live sites wherever possible. That said, since all code isn't public facing or has changed since I last touched it, I'll be happy to provide code samples upon request.


Relativity Media Store

HTML, CSS, jQuery, Drupal, responsive


ADT Security

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Lenox Mobile Site

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Blacksburg Farmers Market

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Wedding Mosasic

jquery, photoshop





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