James Ives

Over the past 10+ years, I've worked in various industries, from video games to digital media and finance. I've built everything from fully fledged design systems and full-scale applications, to small scripts and tools. One of my great passions are scalable design systems and making the web more accessible, performant and user-friendly. I'm also a huge advocate for open-source software and I've contributed to many projects over the years.

These days I am the Lead Engineer and Manager for a team within Blizzard Entertainment at Microsoft called Shared Tech focused on scaling and maintaining our internal design system, Base UI.

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I got my passion for building when I was about 12 years old, creating websites in Microsoft FrontPage with my Dad. Since then my career has taken me to many places, and I've been fortunate to work with many notable companies and individuals. Some of these include Activision Blizzard, Valve, Microsoft, Capital One, The Washington Post and more. I've been lucky enough to work with some amazing people on some incredible projects, some of which you may be familiar with.

Counter-Strike Global OffensiveDota 2World of WarcraftDiablo 4Overwatch 2

Outside work, I focus on fitness and spending time with both my partner and cat. I also love traveling, trying different beers and I'm a huge coffee addict. I'm always looking for new opportunities and challenges, so feel free to reach out if you want to collaborate.

Two medals from the Baltimore Running Festival.Person crossing the finish line