Hi there! Welcome to my little space on the internet. This page wound up being a little longer than expected, so here's a small table of contents for you:
I graduated from BYU in 2018 and did a brief stunt at Pariveda (formerly Pariveda Solutions), where I quickly learned that consulting was not for me. After a year there I was fortunate to find my way onto the Shopify analytics team (formerly “Insights”, now “Optimize”). Working at Shopify has been both a delight and a wonderful learning opportunity–I have learned so much in my 4 years there.
I joined the company as a remote worker before COVID (I wrote about that on my blog). This means I joined Shopify in its pre-remote era. Joining the company in that era was an interesting time to be a part of it, and, selfishly, I was happy when the whole company went remote.
I've been able to be a part of shipping a number of analytics products, but the most notable:
As part of this project, we shipped new reports to merchants that made it a lot easier to understand their orders, including reporting around fulfillment and delivery times.
The BFCM Notebook 2021 was a special report that went out to merchants after the black-friday-cyber-monday 2021 sales event ended. It told a data-rich story about a merchant's BFCM sales. Incidentally, it shipped the same day that Spotify Wrapped shipped-completely by accident!
As a follow up to the BFCM notebook, we release a notebook experience as a first party app within Shopify. Much like Jupyter notebooks, it's a notebook experience within Shopify to enable merchants to tell rich data stories using their Shopify data. I worked extensively on the ShopifyQL code editor as part of this project.
You can learn more about ShopifyQL Notebooks on the Shopify Engineering blog.
I've been playing music since I was a kid, and writing/producing it since I was a teenager. Primarly I'm a guitarist, but I also have a background in piano and pretend to be a singer every now and again. Here are some of the notable projects I've been a part of:
This was my high school band, a duo with my cousin Jordan Gundersen. We wrote songs that were either nonsensical or love songs and played small shows at local venues with other high school friends. Our music lives on soundcloud since it came out in the pre-Spotify era and it's certainly not good enough to be on Spotify.
Jordan and I both took time off of college for service missions for our church, and when we returned we reunited under the name Jefferson & York (derived from two streets from our service missions). We eventually brought on Jordan Saltmarsh to play drums and rotated through several bassists as we pursued a more "full band" sound.
We released two EPs:
The most notable experience we had was recording The Backyard EP–we had planned to record this EP ahead of Jordan leaving for an internship across the country. Through a series of favors, we were able to record it on the back porch of a friend for basically free. I'm glad we were able to make it happen as it was the last major thing we did as a band–the songs would remain unrecorded without all the favors from our friends!
In 2015, sometime during my tenure with Jefferson & York, I was talking with my friend Eliza Smith about her music. She had recently been called on a mission to the Phillipines and was unsure if she'd be able to record some songs she had written before leaving. I had access to a small vocal studio and had recently finished up recording Jefferson & York's Unplugged EP. I offered to produce & record her EP for free, since I wanted to grow & learn as an engineer/producer, and I loved the songs she wrote and wanted them out in the world.
Over the period of a few months we recorded 5 songs that eventually became Sitting on Fences. Some of the songs she had a clear vision for, and others were more of a collaborative effort.
One of the sessions we did that I clearly remember was when we recorded the last track of the EP, On the Line. Eliza had written the song but didn't have a clear vision for what it should sound like. A few days before that session, I had watched a live broadcast by Jason Scheff about vocal layering, so I thought it would be cool to give that technique a try. We dove headfirst into that idea and produced a song with a really interesting pad-like vocal. It was really fun pursuing that idea and coaching her through it as we discovered the song together.
Incidentally, a few of the friends who helped with Jefferson & York's “The Backyard EP” turned out to be my future band mates. We were asked to be a hired backing band behind Michael Barrow, a local songwriter. We recorded The List, and afterwards decided to become an “actual” band instead of just hired guns.
While I was part of the band we wrote and recorded Juneau, the band's debut album. I had set a goal as a teenager to release an album, and helping produce Juneau was a fulfillment of that goal. The album was recorded on a shoestring budget but holds many fond memories of college for me.
In early 2018 I moved in with Michael Barrow, and we had the idea to record a live EP in our living room. We recorded Santa Barbara Sessions (named after our apartment complex Santa Barbara Villa Condos) in a single sitting in January 2018. I did all of the production on the EP–recording, mixing, and mastering.
After graduation in April 2018, I had taken a job that would require me to leave the band; before we left, we recorded three of the songs that became the Something New EP. The final song on the EP, Sweet Honey, is a song that I had a lot of ownership in the songwriting process on. It was the band's first single to pass a million streams on Spotify.
A favorite memory for my time with the band comes from when we were about to release Juneau. We had to push the release date back but had already committed to play Velour in April 2017. We decided to have an “Album Preview Show”, where we played all of the tracks from our new album, plus one cover of John Mayer's “I'm Gonna Find Another You”. I had dreamt of selling out Velour, and we were able to make that dream a reality when we sold out Velour that night! I can still feel the energy of the crowd during the last song of the night.
After leaving Michael Barrow & the Tourists (and after moving to LA), I ended up playing as a guitarist with Kyle Leach's band The Last Seconds. All of the bands up until that point had been groups that wrote and played original music, whereas The Last Seconds was primarly a cover band. I had an absolute blast getting to play covers at local dive bars and family reunions.
During the pandemic I moved from LA to North Carolina and found myself writing songs without a group to play them with. I decided to pursue my own solo music and release music with my own singing on (something I had never done before in any serious way). Since that I've had a few releases:
Before becoming a developer, I first started out as a designer. My main focus was on graphic design related to music (bands' myspace pages, album covers, etc), before I eventually branched out into website design. While in college, I took a job as a UX designer, thinking that it would eventually lead me to a career in UX design. After awhile I pivoted to pursue more development, but my interest in design has kept me closer to the front end of the stack because it helps to scratch that itch.
I've included some of my recent designs on the Projects page.
I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a Latter-day Saint, my worship is focused on Jesus Christ and on trying to follow His teachings. I read the words of prophets to learn about Jesus Christ and how to become more like Him. My faith brings me stability and peace in a way that no other practice in my life can.
In October 2010 until October 2012 I served a mission in Chicago. I spent two years teaching people about Jesus Christ and finding opportunities to serve in my local community. Serving a mission was a pivotal moment in my life and is a treasured experience for me.
The church has a lay ministry, where all of the leaders of the church are not ordained ministers but instead are volunteers from the congregation. Sunday services don't feature a central pastor figure, but instead feature messages from individuals in the congregation. Occasionally I am asked to participate by speaking on a particular message, and some of those messages I will adapt into blog posts. In those posts, the referenced bible verses will usually come from the King James Version of the bible, unless otherwise noted.
The church has terminology that may be unfamiliar to some readers. This is a running list of the terms you may encounter in some of my blog posts, and what they mean (in no particular order):
I have a dog (mini sheepadoodle) named Poppy. She is a sweetheart of a dog and also a total nut. She does this thing where she frantically waves her paws when she wants something (pictured in the gif below).
Thanks for reading this far! If you like my work, or just want to say hello, feel free to reach out on Twitter. You can also reach me at
the trevor harmon @ gmail . com.