TALLULAH K.O. – developer / designer
Web Developer and Designer and literal self-made woman…
and your new highly skilled LGBTQI+ diversity hire? and super proud of being out about the ups and downs of my unconventional self-taught career and my very trans backstory where I work these days at Automattic, with the WordPress VIP team.
Call me Tal. I’m a graphic, type, vector, pixel and web designer, photographer, artist, software developer, webmistress and ethical hacker with excellent all-round visual and technical skills, built up over a career with an early start, spanning 25 years of public-facing website & design projects with direct client consultations throughout.
For the last 10 years, over the course of a series of personal hardware and firmware upgrades (more commonly known as a gender transition), I’ve specialised in WordPress, becoming an agile and very fast all-round developer building, maintaining, migrating and revitalising WordPress – based sites, sharpening my skills on all the aspects of code, design, content writing, client training, social media, penetration testing and security that a full web consultation and service entails.
In short, I’m good at this.
You should totally hire me.
Work Experience & Noteworthy Projects:
VIP Consultant Adminatrix & Bringer Of The First Sacrifice at WordPress VIP (2020-present)
Duties: supporting clients, learning, automating, and keeping their blogs going.
GreyGreen Media (2019-2020)
As Greygreen’s webmistress, I perform website migration, development and social media integration work for Greygreen’s complex WordPress – based conference websites in the MedTech sector.
The Commonwealth of Nations (2019 – 2020)
As a freelancer for the Commonwealth Secretariat, I’ve made a complete rebuild, redesign & restructure of the WordPress -based Commonwealth Innovation Hub website, previously rendered unusable by a questionable choice and setup of plugins, among a variety of other internal projects.
Rumpus (2015 – 2020)
As Rumpus’ webmistress, I handle their website development & design, art & design for promo & social media, social media graphics, mailouts, signage, banners, a little PWA dev and a host of other strange and colourful things.
Hire Frequencies (2017 – 2020)
As Hire Frequencies’ webmistress and web developer, I handle, migrated and redesigned a complex customised e-commerce site and kept its legacy public-facing instance optimised, including bringing an update to a unique API connectivity custom plugin build to sync WooCommerce stock with CurrentRMS inventory management system nightly.
Prime Loops (2008 – 2015)
I had a multifaceted role with this new business from its founding for the first 6 years, designing and producing the logos, website, ad media, magazine spreads, promotional material and over 300 Cover Artworks for audio products for the music industry.
Known worldwide, bundled with a lot of sample-focused audio hardware for well-known worldwide brands, all with striking high resolution box art for every new release, Prime Loops featured my artwork on their products, website, promotion and magazine ads since its inception.
Almost every pixel of Prime Loops artwork, design and their website for the first six years was my doing.
UI & Prop design for Dementamania (2012)
Bloodied and surreal Operating System designs for evil-possessed computer screens during key scenes and prop designs in Jon Bunker’s production unit for an office-themed horror movie and early promotional materials. One of my screens is on the final version of the movie’s poster.
Second Life (2006 – 2015)
Design & sale of niche Virtual Cyberpunk Fashion Designs in Second Life, all built from real-world photographic texture maps I shot myself in real life and applied in 3D texture programs including modo, blender and zbrush.
Anova/Pavilion Books (2005 – 2006)
Page layouts, artwork and worn stained page designs for The Demon Hunter’s Handbook, The Dragon Hunter’s Handbook & The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook, illustrated by Miles Teves of Hollywood concept art fame, including typesetting and complex foldouts. This project contains real scans of my own literal blood and sweat.
A Youtube walkthough of the book & foldouts
Freelance Website Projects (2010 – 2020)
A multitude of websites for individuals and small businesses and projects, with a goal in mind of making the client self-sufficient in the admin of their new site.
I have built over 100 WordPress – based sites as a freelancer in the last 10 years. Some recent instances approved by clients for inclusion here include:
An Early Start / Fonts
I started as a digital creative early. Very early.
At the age of 15 using an Apple Powerbook 540c I began my design career creating fonts as Head:Line Type Design, and before too long I was advertising them and distributing free ones through the cover CD-ROM on multiple issues of MacFormat magazine, and selling the full collections to interested designers, posting them their fonts on floppy disks with handwritten thanks.
I moved from that to approaching font foundries, and licensing my first commercial fonts Hombre, Chicken and Reaper to Bitstream/Monotype in 2001. Less fortunately for me, Bitstream’s very positive discussions with me to license my entire font library in an ongoing capacity fell through after the economic effects of 9/11 forced them to reconsider their investments.
Museums & Visitor Centres (1997-2005)
in a variety of roles for the York community of museum worker creatives, I made a variety of design contributions to exhibits, graphic panels, interactives and project pitches and tenders.
Proposal designs, 3D building plans, graphic panels & designs for print for Royal National Lifeboat Instutute visitor centres
National Railway Museum, York
A series of huge 10 foot tall graphic panel designs, production & deployment for the Friends of the National Railway Museum
Graphic Panel designs & production, display visuals for Thrall Europa GMBH corporate headquarters in York, Chicago & Whinterthur
Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire
Signage, Graphic Panels.
Custom Font created from ancient manuscripts
Devizes Visitor Centre, Wiltshire
Signage, Graphic Panels.
Custom Font created from historical manuscripts (pictured, used for sign)
Lindisfarne Visitor Centre, Northumberland
Signage, Graphic Panels, Interactive Displays. Custom Font created from ancient monastic manuscripts
St Patrick’s Trian Visitor Centre, Armagh, NI
Signage & Graphic Panels for visitor centre entrance. Design for flyers & brochures
Zetland Lifeboat Museum, Teeside
Graphic panels & 3D exhibition design plans for the RNLI’s oldest Lifeboat’s heritage venue
Flash forward to my 20s, and I was dabbling in website development in handcoded HTML, creating action / puzzle game experiments in Adobe Flash, and doing occasional website jobs for independant bouitique and gift shop owners in my hometown.
After a decade or more, very little of my oldest work from before 2010 still survives online. That being said: as a trans woman who left my old name behind, that’s kind of okay with me.
Public Facing Roles:
Storyteller / stand-up comedian
Ghost Trail of York, 1999-2004
Telling stories of the city of York’s haunted past to lead tour groups, acting as tour guide, storyteller, impro comedian, and audience-mocking Dickensian misanthrope, I guided hundreds of audience members through the twilight streets of York, building up enough hours for equity membership.
Telling stories originally derived from a script, I soon settled into the nightly role and embellished the tales with new details, jokes, callbacks and asides enamoured my employer so much to my version of the tour that upon my retirement from that role, he had me record my best take of it, and it gives me great pride to know that it’s my script that new storytellers are given when they step into that old role of mine.
LUSH cosmetics, 2008-2015
Sometimes when one works hard at a desk all the time, one needs a little something out in the world with people and smells and sensations. Lush was just the thing for that, And over 2 branches of Lush (York and Liverpool Street Station, London) I enjoyed it very much as a part-time side job with a lot of interaction with the public and a greater knowledge of skincare. Working alongside a team of supportive femmes was, it turned out, just what I needed to help make coming out as a trans woman a lot easier. Smelling sweet at all times during my years at Lush was a very nice bonus too.
Skills & Software Proficiency:
Platforms & Languages: HTML5 / CSS / LESS / PHP / SQL / JS / jQuery / JSON / MacOS (6 – X+) / Windows (95 – 10+) / Linux (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Suse, Fedora, Mandriva, Debian, Arch)
Legacy Skills: QuarkXPress • Flash • Freehand • Dreamweaver
Writing, photography, signwriting, painting and decorating, gilding, metalwork, jewellery making, DJing, audio engineering, music and audio production, networking & hardware, training in various aspects of technology, computer repair, copy writing, event organisation and management, cheffing, theatre tech and backstage skills, public speaking and performance, questionable guitar and keyboard skills, cocktail shakin’.
If you made it this far, please accept my thanks for your patience and interest, which I hugely appreciate.