I have worked in professional web development since 2013, and specialize in front end technologies like React. I strive to build beautiful, accessible, functional, and performant applications that make the web a friendly and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Over many years of building amazing web experiences, my career has continued to trend towards tech leadership and architecture. I execute on feature work and bugs with excellence in speed and code quality, but some of my best work happens outside of GitHub. Whether leading engineers and mentoring newer developers, driving architecture decisions, or planning complex projects, you can trust my expertise to take us from north star design to production-ready.
Audio and Music
As a hobbyist, I spend most of my free time working in music production and podcasting. With a bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering Technology from Belmont University, a premiere music business and liberal arts school in Nashville, I do creative and production work for personal projects as well as volunteer work at my local church. During my time at Belmont, I worked in world-class recording studios such as Ocean Way Nashville and the historic RCA Studio B, and learned from top leaders in the industry such as multi Grammy winning producer Joe Baldridge, and former president of the AES Jim Kaiser.
My specialty remains in studio recording and studio/broadcast mixing, but I do live audio at church as well. I’ve been known to play guitar on worship teams, and in my personal time I act as the producer and guitarist for the electronic rock duo dot.darkness. My wife and I also co-host a podcast called AniMonday which I am responsible for recording, editing, and distributing.
My wife and I live in Austin, but have also spent much of our lives in DFW. Together we enjoy video games, D&D, and anime, and have a Green Cheeked Conure named Mugi. We are involved at Mosaic Church Austin which emphasizes worship, community, and mission in a multiethnic, multigenerational context.
My favorite front end tools include React, Next.js, TypeScript, Vanilla Extract for styles, and Vercel for deploys. My professional work often includes these tools, and all of my personal projects are built with them.
My current position is Senior Front End Engineer at Bitly, who you probably know from those bit.ly/*** links that show up on social media, email newsletters, podcasts, and more! My role with Link Experience deals mainly with the core Bitly front end where users can create and manage shortened links.
If you would like to view my professional résumé, it is available digitally or as a PDF download at resume.colinhemphill.com.
Read up on Colin’s explorations of front end web development, music production, audio engineering, and podcasting.