What I Do
I have invested significant energy in ensuring sites I work with are compatible with numerous device types. We live in a mobile age, and I believe that a site needs to work seamlessly on computer, tablets and phones to truly be functional. As such I have experience creating responsive styling for websites, ensuring a consistent, functional version is available for any device people may want to use.
I have some skills with regards to design itself. I have access to the full adobe design suite, and am familiar with Photoshop and inDesign, however my main skillset lies with programming, development and functionality design.
Digital security is something that interests and concerns me. I am aware that this is an increasing issue for all sites as even the perception of a security breach can negatively reflect on a sites reputation and profitability. I work hard to keep up to date on the fast moving area of digital security and have attended conferences and workshops on this topic. I work hard to make sure the websites I produce are as secure and safe as possible.
My experience has also included developing skills with sysadmin work. We have the facilities here at eBorne to host a site and manage the server and it's upkeep. We generally bill this at around $20 per month for smaller sites, with variable rates for larger sites with more requirements.
What I believe
I feel that jobs should be completed to a high standard, and should be properly tested and functional before release. However, I am also realistic in what this can entail and am aware of issues such as feature creep, and perfectionism. I try to make sure at the start of every project, a clear set of requirements are set out and agreed upon, as well as a clear timeline of when these requirements are to be completed by, and what should happen if there are delays.
This involves working out what are the basic, minimum requirements for the project to go live and establishing these as the top priority. Then going through all other features and ideas and labelling them with values of importance, and time, allowing us to get a firm idea of what will be necessary for the project. We then use this to establish a timeline for the features with checkpoints along the way to ensure milestones are being met as agreed. This involves a regular meeting with the client to further ensure that what is being built matches up with the expectation of what the client wants.
As a developer, I also believe it is my professional obligation to not just follow to the letter what the client wants, but to use my experience to help guide them to what it is they are really after for their product, and together to find the best way to go about getting that for them. This I feel is very important, as a lack of understanding, or assumptions about other ideas can cause projects to fall into stagnation and endless development.
Studying psychology, I also learnt a number of research methods and techniques which I use to help evaluate programs, deliver clever visual designs and I know how to create and evaluate scientific data and studies.
Programs are people oriented. Programs are written by people, for people. So the better I understand people and the way they work, the better I will be able to design and write programs both for people using programs, and with people developing programs.
What I have done
After graduating with a degree in computer science and psychology I worked at Catalyst It in Wellington, but after a year I felt that web development at that time was not quite suited for me. Over the last few years however, the web frontier has evolved rapidly in both quality and innovation such that I could no longer resist the lure of possibilities that existed out there. During my absence from development, I worked in more design oriented fields such as book, pamphlet, magazine and business card design. While I enjoyed this work, and felt I learnt much from it, I really feel now that software and web development is where I am best suited. The time working in design has ended up greatly contributing towards this work as I now not only have access to a wider range of knowledge and tools for design/development, I feel I now have a better idea of why design is so important, and how to better integrate it into the work I do. I have a better understanding of the psychology of communication and how the initial and ongoing discussion of the clients’ objectives is crucial to delivering a solid solution.
I also made the e-borne.co.nz website utilising Bootstrap and HTML Boilerplate to create a website that is fast, responsive and compatible across many devices.
I am in the market now for more web development work, and am eager and willing to learn more about what opportunities and technologies this can entail.