A Little About Me...

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Hi there! I'm Michelle Darling.

I work as a web developer at Surface 51, an advertising agency located in downtown Champaign, Illinois.

I'm one of those super lucky people who get paid to do something fun that they love -- In my case, building responsive websites in Drupal, Wordpress and Shopify.

I live in a swanky atomic ranch with my amazingly supportive partner, Dan, and our two cats, Sam and Jeff. I'm really proud of my two smart, witty, and wonderful grown up daughters.

Michelle Darling

Some Things I Love


  • Playing my beautiful Collings mandolin (made with love in Austin, TX), Irish tenor banjo, tenor guitar
  • Recording some songs after a couple shots of Jameson
  • Listening to indie rock, folk, bluegrass
  • Adding to our vinyl collection


  • PS4 (Currently waiting for Destiny 2 Forsaken)
  • PC (Dungeons & Dragons Online)
  • Board games and RPGs
  • Scrabble on my iPhone all the time. Oh wait, it's probably broken again.


  • Fantasy (Swords, Dragons, Magic, no lovesick vampires please!)
  • Dark Mystery/Psychological Thrillers
  • Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
  • Coffee table and art books


  • Hiking and finding fun places to drive my Subaru Crosstrek
  • Camping (in a tent)
  • Backpacking
  • Cooking over a campfire
  • Fantasizing about living in Colorado

Work Stuff

Pretty Darn Good At:

  • PHP
  • Javascript/jQuery
  • HTML5
  • MySQL
  • Drupal/Twig
  • Wordpress
  • Shopify (Liquid)

Playing Around With:

  • Grav
  • React
  • Ember
  • Vue
  • Handlebars
  • Node
  • Rails

Want to know more?

Check out my resume

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