Hey, I'm Lars
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I help make the web better for people, like you.

I make modern web applications and push to make the web more inclusive and enjoyable. I do this by combining development, accessibility, and design.

My key experience

  • Development

    Frontend Specialist · Team Lead · Manager · Library, tool and framework agnostic

  • Accessibility

    Auditing, training & compliance up to WCAG 2.2 AAA · Certified in Universal Design in 2013

  • Design

    Communication Design @ RMIT University · UX/UI · Interaction Design

Summed up

My name is Lars Magnus Klavenes and I'm currently working as a Software Engineering Specialist & Engineering Practice Manager in Sydney.

I have over 21 years of experience creating for the web. My specialty is in making intuitive, scalable, and accessible products and services for the web.

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About me

I experimented with graphics in my teens. 3D graphics that'd overheat the family computer after rendering for days. Then posters, logos and t-shirt prints. Somehow, my messing around led to contract work and becoming a sole trader. Within a few years my t-shirt prints were rolling off the press. They still are.

Following this, I continued working as a freelance designer and web developer. Alongside being a swim coach and instructor. In 2010 after serving in the military, I moved to Australia. I studied Communication Design at RMIT in Melbourne and fell in love with an Aussie. 💛

Text continues after some of the values I live by:
  • Dive in 🏊

    When the best plans fail I eagerly go in headfirst and figure things out on the way. Soaking up knowledge and taking pragmatic risks. If not me, then who?

  • Be damn good ✨

    I strive to do good. Good to others, myself and the environment. I care about being empathetic, kind, and damn good at what I do.

  • Help out 🙌

    I'm serious about helping out when it's helpful. It needs to be deliberate and make a difference. When you need help and you're in it, we're in it together.

  • Chase curiosity ⚡️

    I'm fuelled by a constant search. For experiences, growth, new perspectives and shores. I've a hunger for more and an interest in people's stories.

Skipping ahead ten years, Australia was still home. Sydney.

In the meantime I went all-in on trading CMYK for HEX as my primary focus. Growing from Designer to Creative Developer to Frontend Engineer to Software Engineer. What I do for a living as an Engineer is arguably the same as when I was a Designer. I solve problems and craft things everybody can enjoy. My skill set, values and passion culminated by combining development, accessibility, and design.

I love it, and it really works.

What I do now

I'm a full stack engineer focused on the frontend. This means I'm often a Frontend Lead on enterprise projects and enjoy coaching and mentoring people. I'll leverage or learn any skillset that's most suitable to get the job done well. My specialty is in making intuitive, scalable, and accessible products for the web.

For several years now, I've also split my time as an engineer with being a manager. As a manager I build, nurture, and train teams across borders and time zones. I work with both internal and external teams. I strive to grow pragmatic squads of people who care about each other, and about making a difference.

I'm lucky to have worked with tons of smart, kind, and brave people – and I still am. My work spans startups and enterprises. Products, services, platforms, and consulting. For award-winning projects for the Big Four banks in Australia. Across fintech, healthcare, sustainable tech, and much more.

Collaboration, play, and genuine conversations are crucial to me, and how I work. I believe they're essential ingredients for changing lives and businesses for the better.

I love natural filter coffee, new movies, old games and learning different things. When I'm not coding or helping my team out, you can find me on a mountain, swimming in the ocean or at the beach. See you out there! ✌️

Lars M. Klavenes