Anwar Montasir

Web Development + UX Design + Instruction

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Anwar Montasir is a web developer, UX designer, and instructor based in Portland, OR. I’m currently employed as a Full Stack JavaScript mentor for Thinkful.

As a web developer, my goal is to write clean, semantic, accessible code. I work with HTML5, CSS (plus SASS or LESS, though I prefer PostCSS), JavaScript, and jQuery. I have experience building apps with and teaching the MERN stack: MongoDB, Express.js, React, and Node.js, and writing tests using Mocha and Chai.

As a UX designer, my favorite passage ever is “Design for scanning, not reading” from Don’t Make Me Think! I believe in user-centric design, and enforce those principles even when teaching development. There’s no point in starting the development process without identifying the user, conducting research, and defining a coherent strategy.

As an instructor, I do my best to make students as marketable as possible by providing them with relevant skills, as well as offering guidance on career services and interview prep. I encourage my development students to understand usability concerns, and my design students to learn at least the basics of development. I continually introduce my students to appropriate resources so they may continue educating themselves after graduation.


“Design is really an act of communication, which means having a deep understanding of the person with whom the designer is communicating.” Don Norman, The Design of Everyday Things