Cory Hughart

Full-Stack Developer

Photo of Cory Hughart outdoors, wearing a black baseball hat, dark-rimmed rectangular glasses, black unzipped coat, and a blue bandana around his neck. He's a white male with grey /brown hair tied in a ponytail and a light-colored soul patch.
Proprietor of Crock of Time
Web/app developer @
Host of In The Loop WordPress podcast
Possibly a robot | he/him

For over a decade, I have studied and inscribed the sacred runes and performed the arcane rituals that breathe life into the realm of the internet.

The web can sometimes be indistinguishable from magic, but I have the knowledge and patience required to make just about anything.

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Full-stack web development | App development

Full disclosure: my work at Blackbird takes precedence over freelance work.

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Blackbird Digital


Lead Technologist

Web development | App development | Tools & workflow development | Dev mentoring | Podcast host / producer / marketer

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Interactive Designer

Web development | Software development | User interface design | Tools & workflow development | Digital publishing support | Fill-in media artist (illustration, animation, 3D modeling, video production, etc.)

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I am primarily a custom WordPress theme & plugin developer, with a focus on custom Gutenberg block development. At Blackbird, we make fully custom designed & developed WordPress sites for our clients. While I don’t have any public themes or plugins out there (yet), you can find my open-source contributions on GitHub. I also host a WordPress podcast at Blackbird called In The Loop.

I build apps with React Native for iOS and Android. You can see some of the apps I’ve built (solo) on the app store, including Positive Peers and MobileMed.

I use HTML & CSS (usually Sass) every day, and I try to keep up with the latest features while maintaining graceful degradation. Accessibility is a priority for me from the outset.

I use JavaScript daily, often with React. I also build and run Node.js-based workflow automation via Webpack & Gulp for web projects, and I’ve written other Node scripts to automate mundane tasks.

Speaking of Gulp, check out gulp-wp, a WordPress-focused, single dependency workflow script that I developed at Blackbird for our open-source theme scaffolding (it works for plugins, too).

My main server-side language is PHP, quite often paired with MySQL, but I’ve also worked with Node and MongoDB. I have also used Laravel, though mostly for API-only projects.

I use Git for all of my programming work. Check out my GitHub page for random projects and contributions to other open source projects.

I handle a lot of sysadmin-type tasks at Blackbird and as a consultant for Linux web servers. I deal with DNS quite often, and I have been forced to learn quite a bit about email validation and deliverability. I maintain my own server at home (Ubuntu) that acts as a staging site for project websites. I am very comfortable with the command line.

I primarily use GitHub’s Atom (RIP) Microsoft’s VS Code editor for coding.


I have professional experience with Adobe Creative Cloud up to the latest versions, especially XD, Illustrator, Audition, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, and the ExtendScript Toolkit.

My web design process usually involves wireframing, a few rough sketches, and then a prototype that, over several iterations, becomes the final design. But frankly, I prefer to work with my incredibly talented wife Jack Watson when possible, who does UX/UI design and illustration at Blackbird (yes, we’ve been working together almost continuously since 2010).


Cleveland Institute
of Art


BFA in Digital Arts (Technology & Integrated Media Environment)

Game Design emphasis

2010 Student Commencement Speaker