How’d you get to where you are today, working at 435 Digital?
435 Digital offers unique combination of expertise that fits remarkably well with my own background. Website and content development: I started my career as a children’s book editor – editing content and laying out the structure for the words and pictures. Completely self-taught, I moved into the web development field and spent many years working to create great user experiences and progressive websites in the healthcare, real estate, and publishing fields. Search Engine Optimization: From submitting book information to the Library of Congress to submitting XML sitemaps to Google, I have understood that anything built must be found in order to be effective. Social Media: Having presented at conferences and later posting on Facebook and writing 140-character tweets, I’ve always loved the feedback from customers and clients when they experience something I and the team have created.
What is your favorite YouTube video?
It’s hard to choose one video as a favorite, but this one endures. I first saw Arcade Fire in a small venue, where their opening was the strongest, most moving musical experience ever, and I talked to most of them after the concert. They were young in their career and crazy in love with music and performing, and hungry for all the positive feedback. They are still amazing.
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter and why?
A List Apart is the most consistently intelligent writing and analysis of all that is important in the world of building websites. Having started in 1997, they are always on the forefront of the technology, doing the things they talk about, analyzing in depth, exploring all that’s possible without a big ego, and sharing that information brilliantly.
What is your favorite thing about Chicago?
The lakefront – which includes the lake itself, the parks, the bike and walking paths, the underpasses, the rocks and cement, the beaches, the beach houses, the soccer fields, the volleyball tournaments, the hills for kite flying and all sorts of jams and festivals. One thing that truly helped Chicago to become great is “The Plan of Chicago,” published in 1909 by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett.
What do you love about your role as a Project Manager at 435 Digital?
When I get up in the morning and head into work at 435 Digital, I know these things for certain: I get to work with fun, intelligent people; I get to work out solutions to website issues that impact different clients’ businesses; I get to build websites that make life better in various ways for clients and their customers. We all use the web, and I love to be there in the forefront of making that web a better user experience for people — particularly for people browsing on mobile devices. Pushing the evolution of the web experience is something that drives me intrinsically, and I love the opportunity to work with clients to solve real-world, meaningful issues around their web presence — with real impact for their customers and their business.