Time in the industry
Front end developer
Web standards & accessibility
Describe your job at Pretty?
“I discovered the internet via the medium of PC magazine cover CD-Roms, back when the entire web still fit on CD-Roms. I liked it. I went to university and found that the web was bigger than CD-Roms. Now I build websites”
How did you get to doing that at Pretty?
“I convinced my parents that Commodore 64s were for programming and not just for playing better games than were available on the Spectrum. Later I convinced them that the bleepy noises were research while attempting to make a football management game at the age of 10."
Where did you work first?
"I then joined NFO Europe (later bought by TNS UK) a market research agency working on internal web applications for project management and finance teams. There was also some MS Access applications linked to Crystal Reports (shudder), but it was also my first exposure to ASP.NET."
"Then onto another market research agency, Euromonitor International, working on their web-based subscription statistical analysis and reporting products (both the public website, and internal tools) which was a complex beast of number crunching, via ASP.NET and VB.NET windows form applications."
"Finally I got a bit fed up with that, and returned to the hip world of digital design agencies, with Pretty.”
What is your forte at work?
“I couldn't really say I have a forte, I just go where the role takes me, which ever part of the web that might be - perhaps that IS a forte?”