Profile

I’m Hitomi, web developer from Japan.

I wasn’t a developer when I started working at an IT firm at the age of 22. But one day, I succeeded in automating my team’s routine Excel task by writing VBA code, and a senior developer saw it and asked me if I wanted to join his team. This is how I started my developer career without any prior experience or knowledge about IT. I served as a C#.NET programmer for several years there.

In 2011, there was a severe natural disaster occurred in Japan. In the aftermath chaos I witnessed how helpful SNS and the internet services can be in such emergent situation. The experience made me wanting to be part of the builders, not only the users. I steered my career into web development since then.

I’ve been freelancing since 2014. There are countless websites I have participated as front-end or WordPress developer, etc. My clients are often happy with the speed and accuracy of my work, or the cleanliness of my source codes.

In 2016, I moved from Tokyo to the northern area of Japan. Even with today’s technology and the internet, it’s sometimes challenging to keep this job in the countryside. But it’s fun. Now I’m living in a beautiful place surrounded by the ocean and mountains, with my husband and two cats.

I love playing the piano. I’ve been doing so since five years old and recently started writing pieces myself.

Services

I’m available for:

I work from home in Japan. I usually communicate with my clients by emails and messaging apps.

HTML/CSS markup

I turn design comp provided in AI or PSD file format into HTML/CSS, and JavaScript if needed. I care about accessibility, SEO and page speed. I make sure my codes pass various cross-browser tests and W3C validations.

WordPress

I’m capable of installation, customisation and theme/plugin coding for WordPress, any tasks except for designing. I have a deep knowledge of WordPress based on rich experience.

Installation and customisation

I can handle various tasks including installing WordPress itself, setting up custom post types, internationalising the site and implementing a custom feature utilising plugin’s hooks, etc.

Theme development

I develop WordPress theme out of design data provided in AI or PSD file format. I comply with official development guidelines so that my themes are compatible with WordPress’s core features and ready to work properly with any plugins.

I’m also capable of customising an existing theme or developing a child theme of it.

My original theme is now listed in WordPress’s official theme directory. See here for more details.

Plugin development

When the site needs rather complex features, I might propose to separate the function from theme and develop respectively. This makes it easier to update the site’s design in the future.

My original plugin is now listed in WordPress’s official plugin directory. See here for more details.

Others

I’m also available for:

Works

My past works include:

and so on.

Let me introduce some of my personal projects here.

Noto Simple (WordPress theme)

https://wordpress.org/themes/noto-simple/

My original WordPress theme listed in its official theme directory. It follows the official development guideline and passed the strict reviewing process.

I aimed to create a deadly simple theme which is unexpectedly hard to find. If you have a WordPress site, you can find and use the theme by searching it on admin screen navigated by ‘Appearance’ => ‘Themes’.

See demo
See source code
Built with: HTML, CSS, PHP, Underscore S

Noto Font Loader (WordPress plugin)

https://ja.wordpress.org/plugins/noto-font-loader/

My original WordPress plugin listed in its official plugin directory. It chooses and loads appropriate Noto Font depending on the site’s locale. I developed it to display East Asian languages seamlessly on western-made themes. I personally like Noto’s concept to render every language correctly.

See source code
Built with: PHP, WPPB, SVN

This website

This very website you are currently looking at is built with Jekyll and is running on GitHub Pages. Page contents are written in MarkDown format.

Built with: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MarkDown, Jekyll, GitHub Pages

Blog setup (Node.js)

https://blog.hitomiseki.com

The blog linked above is composed of back-end built with Strapi and front-end built with Gatsby. It uses React and customised Milligram CSS. As a PWA, it provides native-app-like UI when accessed on smartphones.

Built with: Strapi, Gatsby, React, GraphQL, Milligram CSS, Git, Netlify, MongoDB Atlas

N-puzzle (web app)

https://npuzzle.hitomiseki.com

A puzzle game coded with JavaScript. Coded myself from scratch including the game logic. As a PWA, it provides native-app-like UI when accessed on smartphones.

See source code
Built with: HTML, CSS, JavaScript (ES6), WorkBox, Webpack (previously Gulp), Git, Netlify

Tally Counter (web app)

https://tally-counter.hitomiseki.com

A counter app built on top of Create React App. This is useful in situations where you want to count something with tally marks. As a PWA, it provides native-app-like UI when accessed on smartphones.

See source code
Built with: JavaScript, Create React App, Material UI, Git, Netlify

Two Player Othello (web app)

http://othello.hitomiseki.com

An Othello game (Reversi) written with JavaScript and Vue.js. This app doesn’t have a brain so you need two human players to use it. But the game logic was coded by me from scratch. Currently published as a simple static web page.

Built with: JavaScript, Vue.js

Contact

Feel free to contact me!