Chris Coyier


Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I’m a web designer and developer. I work on three projects: CodePen, CSS-Tricks, and ShopTalk Show. Web work is my job, hobby, and passion, so I’m very lucky that I’ve gotten to turn it into a career of my own making.

How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
Just 3 years now. I left Palo Alto, California for here. I grew up and spend most of my life around Madison, Wisconsin. Milwaukee was a home coming. I only knew that I always liked and had fun in Milwaukee, and it didn’t feel as weird as moving back to my home city. Home, but not home-home.

What do you love most about MKE?
I find it to be a damn pleasant place to live. Life is easy here. As I said, I’m a lucky guy and enjoy a heaping helping of privilege, so of course factor that into anything I say.

What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?

Where do you see MKE in 5 years?
I’d predict very slow, but steady growth.

What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
I’ve been loving Transfer Pizzeria Café.

What is your biggest hope for this city?
My biggest hope is that we can lessen the racial tension. We’re known for being an incredibly segregated city, and that’s a pretty awful thing to be known for. It would be incredible to turn that around. We’d all be better off for it.

What is your favorite MKE tradition?
Mitten Fest!

What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
Maybe it’s film fest and we hit up some great movie at the Oriental on Friday night. Saturday morning wake up to a bike ride along the south shore. Mid morning partner workout at Cream City CrossFit. Quick stop at the South Shore Park farmer’s market for fresh veggies. Late brunch at Cafe at the Plaza. Then veg out and do nothing the entire rest of the day.

What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
Bayview. All the cool, none of the busyness.

What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
Bay View Printing Company. I’m not sure any other city anywhere as something so unique. It’s a letterpress printing shop that you can JOIN and use to do whatever you want on your own time.

What do you think is going to be a game changer for the city in the year of 2017?
I really don’t know. I’ll have to keep my eye on what NEWaukee is saying is i