A little bit about me

I consider myself part of a group of people who want to build a human-centered web. As Michelle Barker states in her manifesto, I strive to make all my projects accessible, inclusive, sustainable, safe, secure, resilient, reliable and independent.

Me, in front of my desk, not directly looking into the camera. I'm smiling and wear a blazer I wouldn't normally wear when I'm working

Hi, I'm Lene. I have been doing web design and development (mainly frontend) for a living since 2008. I was born in Berlin and have been living for over a decade in Madrid. I work with clients all over the world.

I write code according to the principles Content over code and Rule of Least Power: HTML first, everything what’s possible with CSS, and JavaScript only for selected interactivity, polyfills and accessibility.

I like to organize my projects well so that I and others can always manage them with ease. I share insights that I think might be of interest to the community on a blog on my website lenesaile.com. I’m a big fan of Eleventy and build most of my projects with it.

Lately I have been diving deep into (HTML) web components and I’m integrating them everywhere I can.


These are some tools I work with or have worked with in the past. Bold indicates in most cases what I prefer, still use, or, in some cases, I am more proficient with. Strike through indicates that even though I have experience, I'd rather not work with that anymore.


  • Semantic HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript ES6, Node.js
  • SVG
  • PHP
  • Bash
  • Python

CSS & JS-Frameworks

  • I prefer everything vanilla
  • Tailwind CSS
  • Svelte
  • Alpine.js
  • React
  • Bootstrap
  • jQuery

Site generators &, web- & meta-frameworks

  • Eleventy
  • Astro
  • Enhance
  • SvelteKit
  • Next.js


  • REST
  • GraphQL


  • Cloudcannon
  • Tina
  • Wordpress
  • Decap CMS
  • Shopify
  • Strapi
  • Sanity

Templating Languages

  • Markdown
  • Nunjucks
  • Liquid
  • webC
  • Twig
  • Pug
  • Blade

Bundler / Build tools

  • vite
  • esbuild
  • snowpack
  • parcel
  • webpack

CSS & JS preprocessors

  • PostCSS
  • Lightning CSS
  • Typescript
  • Sass

Version Control, Hosts

  • GitHub/GitLab
  • Netlify
  • Neocities
  • Siteground


  • Figma
  • Penpot
  • Adobe products (not working on Linux)

Discover / Monitoring

  • Plausible.io
  • Fathom
  • ahrefs
  • Google Analytics


I love good technical books and courses. I am not going to list everything I have 'consumed', instead I share only what really made a difference for me. All following books and courses are my most sincere recommendation for everyone who wants to learn frontend.