Natalie Zee Drieu, Editor-in-Chief CRAFT – 24 hours of Lady Ada Lovelace day #ald10
Each hour we are featuring a woman we admire who is currently doing amazing work right in the tech/maker/art/science space. Woman of the hour, Natalie Zee Drieu.
Natalie Zee Drieu is an author, writer, designer, and crafty mom living in San Francisco. She is the founder and editor of Coquette, a blog that merges her love of fashion and technology, rated one of the top 50 fashion blogs in the world. Her new online venture, Coquette Maman is a blog that focuses on fashion, style, and life topics for new moms. All that is on the side to her day job as the Editor-in-Chief for CRAFT, one of the largest crafting web sites covering the modern craft movement. In 2008, Folio named Natalie one of the Top 40 Magazine Industry Influencers and Innovators. She has brought her crafting know-how to TV appearances for shows such as KGO/ABC San Francisco’s ‘The View from the Bay’, KRON’s ‘Bay Area Backroads’, and nationally on ‘The CBS Early Show’. When she’s not at the computer, you can usually find Natalie knitting or crocheting with her daughter Chloe and Pomeranian Lulu nearby.
You can check out Natalie’s site here and recent articles/post here. On a personal note, Phil (pt) who works with us at Adafruit and at MAKE says that “Natalie is a wonderful friend and inspiration, we’ve both journeyed through various careers over the last 10 years or so – companies and geographies, Natalie always does amazing things each time and each place. She has designed gorgeous sites in her advertising days used by millions and taught thousands how to knit, that’s range!”.
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines, whatever they do. It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited.
Who was Ada? Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.