Colin GourlayCG
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Colin Gourlay


I'm a developer, currently telling stories on the web for ABC News


What I'm looking for

I'm currently coding mainly with Svelte in TypeScript, but regularly dip back into React as many of our projects & components are built with it, as is the website our content lives within.

Besides code, my role requires me to contribute in the realms of accessibility, user experience design, story production and content preservation (I'm one of those weird people who enjoys wading through our almost decade-long archive, wrangling grunt build pipelines and updating jQuery codebases to more modern tech).

In my personal life, I enjoy tinkering with my game development projects. I've used the Godot engine for a while, but most recently have been exploring Lua for Playdate development.


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Editorial Developer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Jan 2014 - Present (10 years 4 months)

I am a founding member of the Story Lab, a cross-functional team which produces original web content, article formats and experimental storytelling tools. Our stories are sometimes data-driven or have a high degree of personalisation. I also work on improving our developer experience, which is crucial in an newsroom environment that sometimes requires 24-hour story/component turnaround.

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Front-End Developer


Nov 2009 - Feb 2013 (3 years 3 months)

After graduating from university in Scotland and migrating to Australia, I landed in the web product team of a regional Queensland news/classifieds business. I spent 3 years developing the front-ends of their various websites, dabbling in back-end development (Python+Django), and writing tools to improve the experience for content editors.


Digital Developer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Feb 2013 - Jan 2014 (11 months)

I joined ABC News to work on the front-end of their website. During this time I themed program-specific mini-sites, built data-driven graphics for the federal budget and helped with the development and running of the 2013 federal election results.

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