What is Your Sundog Story?
Part of the Sundog team since June, 2013 – After meeting with Joe and Kym, I became convinced that the Sundog process was a brilliant way to create a website–one where technical and creative development is intertwined with content development, and one where our client is engaged in every step of the process. Working with such an experienced team is an honor and a pleasure.
What is Your Alaska Story?
We pretty much moved from Africa to Alaska. After living for two years in Ghana, my wife and I were struggling to settle down back in Denver…we just weren’t ready to settle. A whimsically sent resume to an “Alaskan Telecommunications Company” led to my wife working for GCI, and I quickly found work at a local advertising agency as a Web Developer. After three years, we’ve recently moved back to Colorado, closer to family. However we left our hearts and umbrellas in Anchorage.
What Do You Do For Fun?
My wife and I are currently working on our “project” cabin near the continental divide. We love walking the dogs and miss Anchorage’s amazing parks. I can be found most nights sipping a good single malt whiskey and most mornings in a yoga class.
How Did You Get Into This Gig?
I’ve been drawn to technology since writing my first program on a Commodore64, but walking into a Macintosh-filled computer lab in 1989 sealed the deal. An obsession with QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop led to a career in graphic design technology, which started in Chicago, working at Leo Burnett, birthplace of Tony the Tiger and the Jolly Green Giant. After 6-years as a “Mad Man,” I headed west to work with a global network of advertising agencies, launching their extranet, and a global online research solution. I returned to the industry in 2011, this time as web developer, just in time to learn a massive leap in digital design technologies: CSS3, HTML5, and WordPress. This is as fun and exciting as it gets, and an amazing time to be working with the web.
Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?
Reading, sharing, and networking. The Internet has always been the ultimate platform for sharing and learning. Web development utilizes this in ways unimaginable even 10 years ago. Blogging sites, open source code and software (WordPress, jQuery), tutorials (WPtuts CSS-Tricks), code-sharing hubs (github, Codepen), online learning sites (Codecademy, Lynda), and web developer podcasts provide a constant source of inspiration, and a constant source of learning.