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Eric Howey

Hello and welcome!

My name is Eric Howey. I'm a web developer and mental health therapist. I listen and care.

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Recent Writing

  • Gatsby Themes Pros and Cons

    November 13, 2021

    Here is the TLDR. I think for most projects, most of the time, you should use a "starter" when beginning a new Gatsby project. In my...

  • Using conditional fields in SANITY for better links

    September 1, 2021 has just released conditional fields for their content studio which enables developer superpowers to fine tune the editing...

  • Ch-ch-changesets: turn and face the changelog

    August 26, 2021

    Monorepos, arggg, it's complicated . As monorepos grow in size and complexity managing the linked packages gets more and more finicky....

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About Me

I built my first website in 1998

It sucked.

A lot has changed since then. I develop kickass websites using modern web technologies. I can grow facial hair and I have two super awesome kids. It really has changed.

A fun face

By passion a frontend web developer

I have degrees in philosophy and social work, not computer science.

I enjoy the juxtaposition between creating websites and my job as a mental health therapist. Fixing a line of code is reassuringly certain when contrasted with the nuance of human experience.

A picture of a grad cap

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

I don’t do rushed.

Building an engaging, performant and accessible website is an intentional process. It requires problem solving and creativity. I only work on one project at a time and appreciate the artisanship of the finished product.

A slow race

Selected Work

A custom made database of mental health resources. Includes geolocation, mapping, and advanced search functionality. Built using Gatsby and SANITY.

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Gatsby Theme Catalyst

Gatsby Theme Catalyst

A set of opinionated themes and starters I built to accelerate my own workflow when building new Gatsby projects. Uses ThemeUI and MDX. Free and open source.

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A portfolio website to showcase Brianna's freelance writing and personal brand. Built using Gatsby and SANITY.

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Eric turned MindMapBC into a site with a perfect balance between eye-catching design features and simple, accessible functionality. We cannot recommend him highly enough.

Travis Salway & Sarah Watt
Simon Fraser University, BC Centre for Disease Control


Follow the journey from hello to finished product.

It starts with hello

Technologies I work with


I'm ready to listen

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Talking Fish

Illustrations by Diana Valeanu
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In the spirit of reconciliation, I acknowledge that I live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.