My favourite part of being a developer is working with others. I find it most rewarding when pair programming, where both parties can knowledge share and improve on a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re 6 months in, or a 10 year veteran, everyone can contribute, and not one person has all of the answers.
Humbleness, respect, creativity and curiosity are all traits that a positive work environment should have.
I am a “forever student”. It is impossible to know everything, so I will continue to study and practice and explore this landscape, and hopefully produce some cool work along the way.
How did I get here?
It all started in the late 90’s. The company I was working for at that time had an Art Department. I was working in the Maintenance Department. I’d always had an interest in design, but I didn’t have any computer experience to compliment it. Fortunately, I was able to make an arrangement with the Marketing Team. If I could learn QuarkXpress (wow does that date me), they’d throw me a couple bones.
I picked up a book and spent every lunch hour studying and practicing on the company’s Macs, until one day, they finally gave me my first ad. It was at that moment that I realized, I could do anything if I set my mind to it. A few ads later, the team asked if I could put a small web page together for a fundraiser. I picked up another book on HTML. I started piecing small tables together (yeah, tables, that’s a long time ago) until I had a few pages connecting to each other. Amazing.
Once I left that job, I really needed a way to showcase some of the design work I’d done. So, I dove deeper into HTML. Eventually I had an online portfolio and was able to land my first official design job. I was hooked. Being able to produce web pages, so quickly, without need for printed proofs and long delays in production, blew my mind. It was immediate, and rewarding.