The Obligatory Bio
I grew up in Oakville, Ontario and had an interest in computers from an early age. My creative side enjoyed making pieces of artistic chaos in Kid Pix, animations in Hypercard, and contraptions in The Incredible Machine. I became interested in web design in the 7th grade, teaching myself HTML and starting a string of non-sensical and experimental websites on Angelfire and Geocities.
I began learning PHP and the basics of server-side web development while I was in high school, and my first paying job was to develop a website with an inventory manager for an independent vehicle dealership; a client I still work with today.
After graduating high school, I moved to London, Ontario to attend Western University and Fanshawe College for the Media Theory and Production program, which offered a three-year BA and a two-year Diploma. At university, I learned the importance of good writing, thorough research and planning, and a professional work ethic. At college, the experience was much different, but valuable in an entirely different way. There, I was introduced to the hard skills required to succeed in the creative industries: Photoshop and image manipulation, Illustrator and vector graphics, video editing, and 3D modeling.
My proficiencies lie somewhere between design and development: I don't have a pure computer science or math background that would have directed me towards software engineering, nor do I have the pure artistic background to choose a career in graphic design. I've always prioritized an approach to my work that yields a product that is both aesthetically pleasing and, above all, functional. The tools and skills I use in web development are reinforced as a result of self-teaching, practice and experimentation, and experience developing projects for the real world. I feel extremely lucky to be involved with an industry that motivates all of its members to further their self-improvement.
Let's go change the world!