Hello! 🌭

I’m Marguerite Roth.
I create things for the web.

I'm a frontend designer and developer specializing in building analytics products. I also mess around with data visualizations. 😊

Work

Prist | A Gatsby & Prismic Starter

A light-themed starter powered by Gatsby v2 and Prismic to showcase portfolios and blogs.

Gatsby starter doc

Github

tools
gatsby
graphql
cms
react
figma

Data Visualization Society Member Map

The Data Visualization Society asked members to rank their skills in the following categories: data, visualization, and society.

I mapped the location of each member with the ability to filter by their highest ranked skill to show the distribution of each around the world.

Github

tools
react
d3
data

Albondiga | App for requesting some dinner 🍝

I developed this project as a birthday gift for my partner — a lover of spaghetti and meatballs. The recipient can pick the ingredients making up a spaghetti and meatballs dinner: pasta type, sauce, drinks, etc.

Github

tools
react
firebase
scss
bem
node

Crochet blanket

Total time
81 hours, 2 minutes, 15 seconds

I crocheted a queen-sized blanket for a friend and tracked my time (I started tracking time after ~24 hours). Highlights included binging Netflix and hand cramps.

Insight: crocheting a blanket takes a lot of time.

tools
d3
6.5mm crochet hook 🧶
session date
session hours
sessions before time tracking
Tracked session

📚 Bookshelf

What I'm reading and what I've read.

Book
Genre
Status
In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
true crime
true crime
"In Cold Blood" book cover

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. At the center of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human. In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative.

Summary and image: Goodreads.com
1984
George Orwell
sci-fi
sci-fi
"1984" book cover

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.

Summary and image: Goodreads.com
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
memoir
memoir
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" book cover

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

Summary and image: Goodreads.com
The Apology
Eve Ensler
memoir
memoir
"The Apology" book cover

From Eve Ensler, author of one of the most influential works of the twentieth century--The Vagina Monologues--and one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Changed the World," comes a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused from the age of 5 by her father, Eve has struggled and suffered her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an artist and anti-violence activist, she decided she was no longer waiting; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. This book, The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear attempts to transform the abuse she suffered, with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

Through The Apology Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally imagine how to be free. In it, she grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she began to understand the impact of her father's abuse on her life: How do we offer a doorway rather than only a locked cell? How do move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning?

The Apology is a remarkably original book that explores the deepest and most intimate questions that can be asked at this moment: Why do men carry out abuse, often against the people they know and love the most? How can we--together--stop it? What does it mean to apologize for these acts? What will it take for the men who have committed abuse to make a deep reckoning and actually apologize? As Tony Porter from A Call to Men says, “We've called men out, now how do we call them in?”

The Apology is an acutely transformational book--about how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is a revolutionary book asking everything of each of us: courage, truthfulness, and forgiveness.

Summary and image: Goodreads.com
The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
Bill James, Rachel McCarthy James
true crime
true crime
"The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery" book cover

Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.

Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station.

When celebrated baseball statistician and true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal. In turn, they uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America.

Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history.

Summary and image: Goodreads.com