Dillan D.
Simmons

Artist / Writer / Farmer at Simmons Farm / Software Engineer at Microsoft Docs

About

I'm an artist, writer, coder, general tinkerer, and Software Engineer at Microsoft Docs, previously the development team lead at Yesler, and based in Seattle Washington. I've had the opportunity to work with a number of great clients and my work focuses on bringing design and development together to build functional and visually interesting web experiences. I started developing as a hobby in the early 2000's and have been developing professionally for the past 10 years. I am not code exclusive but tend to focus on the front-end, JavaScript, Typescript, Node, CSS/SASS, build, and dev process.

Outside of the 9 to 5, I work on a number of side projects (code and non-code) and due to my proximity to a number of great trout fisheries here in Washington, you can find me fly fishing most weekends.

Artistically I've worked heavily in printing (letterpress / relief) and creative writing. Recently I have started to bring these techniques over to new formats (canvas, JS, penplotting). Seeing the value my professional skills (code) bring to my art has been mesmerizing and lots of fun.

I'm also an avid reader. Below is a list of projects and some books I really enjoyed this year+:

Projects

Artwork on HEN | Experiments on CodePen | Pen Plots

Books

Klara and the Sun , The Sea Around Us , Island Year , A Visit from the Goon Squad , Cities of the Plain: Border Trilogy (3/3) , LESS , When We Were Orphans , Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster , The Road to Wigan Pier , Jesus' Son , Brown Dog , All Quiet on the Western Front , The North Cascadians , Storm of Steel , The Sleepwalkers , Barbarian Days , The Apple Grower , Player Piano , Goodbye to All That , Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World , A Wild Sheep Chase , The Buried Giant , History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies , Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman .