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Behind the Code - Jamie

Meet the wizards that make it happen. This month, we caught up with our development team and uncovered how they got into the industry and why they love making magic!

Posted by Sanjay

Jamie, Front-end Developer.

Why did you become a developer?

I didn’t at first, I sort of fell into it. Originally I was considering a degree in Product Design after gaining an interest in Design Technology at school. But after hearing that only 1% of graduates manage to get employment I decided to switch tracks. I studied Computing Science and enjoyed the Web and Multimedia modules as they combined design with technology, something that I continued with until I completed my degree.

How/where did you start in the industry?

After graduating I was contacted by a previous colleague who asked if I wanted to work as a graduate developer at Bright Fox Solutions. Following this I moved to Propeller Communications, where I worked for several years. These companies gave me my first real experience working for Digital Agencies, before I moved onto working in Leicester.

What do you do now?

I work as a Developer primarily Frontend for Effect, working on a wide variety of projects and using various technologies. Over the last 18 months I’ve enjoyed working with Serpentine Galleries, Panache, London City Aiport, and LCB’s Design Season – a personal local favourite.

If you weren’t a developer, what do you think you’d be doing instead?

Product design. Going back to the decision I made before starting university it was almost a 50/50 decision so I would have opted to go-ahead with my original choice. I love combining practically with design, which is not too dissimilar from being a Front-end developer so I guess I would have always ended up in a field that balances the two. Other than that multimedia or audio/visual effects.

What would you have as your last ever meal?

Well if it’s my last meal I’m going all out…

Starter – Garlic & parsley mushrooms in Filo Pastry basket (had this at San Carlo once – amazing!)

Main – Chilli con Carne / Curry Nanwich from Gray’s cafe (it’s a close call)

Desert – Sticky Toffee Pudding with ice cream.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

That’s easy. Flight. I love the idea of being able to fly around and see places from a different vantage point. Also no passports or tests before flying. Perfect! 😀


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