Zac Land

Zac Colley's personal home page

About me

I'm Zac and I like making stuff, community events and the web .

I'm passionate about removing barriers for people. I'm trying to do this through things like education, accessibility, diversity and inclusion .

One place I used to do this is through co-organising codebar Monthlies . I also started and used to run hackpompey, a Portsmouth based hack event .

My day job is currently at Beano Studios where I'm a developer. Before that I worked at Farewill and Songkick . At the University of Portsmouth I started a partnership called ROSE .

I like making things, some of my projects are on GitHub and some are on Glitch .

I love listening to music and going to gigs . I've been listening to Metronomy, Toby Fox, Jay Som, Samantha Urbani and Blood Orange. I sometimes watch films ๏ธ and own a stack of books I rarely read .

If you want to contact me, emailing works. You can email me at: hi@zaccolley.com .

You can find me talking shit on Mastodon at @zac@toot.cafe . I also used to tweet a lot at @zaccolley . Some of my photos are on Instagram .

Some things I've made

Here are some things I've made over the years that are fairly interesting.

  1. 10 minutes 0 seconds and a Pizza Pizza Timer A timer for pair programming
  2. The Please Caption bot logo Please Caption Bot A accessibility Mastodon bot that reminds you to caption your posts' images and videos
  3. Two colours accessible colour contrasts A colour combo accessibility Mastodon bot that grabs accessible colours combos from: randoma11y.com
  4. Screenshot of the GitHub Glitch button GitHub Glitch button Adds a button on public GitHub repos next to clone that let's you import into Glitch with one click
  5. Example of the Orla Kiely art orla kiely flowers A p5.js recreation of Orla Keily's art
  6. Some example generated Goosebumps covers shitty goosebumps books bot a shitty goosebumps book randomly generated every so often
  7. The image on the website rotate How to handle websites between landscape and portrait modes on mobile
  8. Some of the Depeche Mode boys catmode Depeche Mode cat e-card for my Mom mad with my bro
  9. Hamiltonian paths bot A bot that generates Hamiltonian path GIFs
  10. The zaccoin logo zaccoin The soft launch of my very own cryptocurrency
  11. Screenshot of the softdongs website softdongs Tool to make your own packer. Made at Sex Tech Hack 2 with Cam, Kara and Guy.
  12. Example of one of the GIFs food flood A small food colour filling game
  13. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa simulator Amazon Alexa #WebVR Simulatorโ„ข๏ธ Simulates what it's truly like to own a Amazon Alexa product.
  14. Some socks that were generated sockbot A bot that spits out socks every hour.
  15. Some lines that were clicked clicky-line-drawer Wiggly line drawing art tool.
  16. Example of a push notification "I'm just waiting for a mate" game A choose your own adventure game that (ab)uses push notifications.
  17. Me holding the microclicker in style micro:clicker Use the BBC micro:bit as a slide clicker.
  18. The printer printed out a Toro y Moi album artwork now playing printer Print out the album art music you're currently listening to on a receipt printer.
  19. Screenshot of the Unofficial Songkick PWA Unofficial Songkick PWA An experimental and unofficial progressive web app for Songkick.
  20. Screenshot of songkick Spotify previews Songkick Spotify Previews Add 30 second Spotify previews to Songkick.
  21. Screenshot of the domains website domains Domain hacks based on words
  22. Letterboxd letterboxd on npm Get the public diary data for Letterboxd users.
  23. Animal Crossing birthday card screenshot Animal Crossing Birthday Card Fun little birthday card for my Nan.
  24. Hackpompey hackpompey Portsmouth based hackday, ran 5 before handing over.
  25. ROSE Digital ROSE Digital Front-end and design at ROSE Digital.
  26. itsyourbirthday.today Online birthday card generator. Made with my bro.
  27. UPRacing UPRacing's Website Site for a Formula Student team I was part of.
  28. Screenshot of Christmas card generator Christmas card generator Make Christmas cards. Made with my bro
  29. Screenshot of the Minecraft Explore website Minecraft Explore Minecraft blog on Tumblr. No updates now.

Some things I've written

  1. Screenshot of before and after of the Farewill user interface Why weโ€™re changing our colours We want Farewill to be accessible to as many people as possible.
  2. A sign that says 'Data' How to detect and use โ€˜Do Not Trackโ€™ on your website By Mustafa and Zac โค๏ธ
  3. Some USD money It's time to get into tech debt Why you can't avoid tech debt and how you should embrace it
  4. People pointing at a laptop with a website on it Hackdays arenโ€™t just for the tech department With a little effort you can make your hackday inclusive to more people
  5. Cowboy on a computer Applying User Testing to Technical Documentation Can it help improve documentation?