What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked here?
I am a website consultant. It is my job to find the best solution for our clients’ online marketing and web applications. I started with the company in 2000 as a web designer and migrated into my current position in 2004.
When did you become interested in art and design?
When I first drew on the wall with a crayon as a kid. I learned not to write on walls shortly after that, but I continued to draw on paper and then got involved with music.
When did you become interested in creating websites?
I became a self taught web designer in approximately 1997 before there was much in the way of formal training or education for the web. I have always been creatively oriented and thought the web would be an interesting creative outlet. The internet was just beginning to become popular at that time and was rich with opportunity.
What is your favorite part of creating a new website?
Since I no longer design websites, I enjoy seeing what our design team comes up with. The skill set involved with creating custom websites has increased over the years – one half of me is jealous of all the new tools and resources available and the other half is happy I don’t have to work with all that complex code anymore or compete with our current design team.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Finding a way to make something work. Whether it is something small like a better way to present a graphic on a web page or something bigger like presenting an improved outline for a new website, when it makes a client excited, I get excited.
When did you become interested in computers and technology?
I got my first computer back in the mid-80’s – a Commodore 64. I didn’t realize at the time you needed programs to make it actually do anything. Eventually I got bored of typing in code each time I wanted it to do anything, so I didn’t spend too much time with it. While I always grew up around computers, it wasn’t until the mid 90’s that I actually owned one again and started to use it regularly.
What piece of technology could you not live without?
I don’t think it would jeopardize my life not having it, but I enjoy my ever useful smart phone.
Do you have any hobbies?
Mountain and road biking, writing, and playing bass guitar in my church band.
What are your favorite TV shows?
TV? What’s that?
What are your favorite websites or blogs?
There is a ton of stuff out there that is good. Some of the blogs I read for work are Mashable, WebProNews, Top Rank Marketing and our own blog, NetSourceTips.com.
Twitter or Facebook? (and why)
Both. Twitter is a good source of information (if you follow the right people) and finding out what people are talking about. Facebook is better for one-on-one communication.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A cabin in North Carolina. With a high speed internet connection.
If you couldn’t be a Website Consultant anymore, what career would you pursue?
Either an astronaut or something involving manual labor outside.
How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?
Impossible to predict that far ahead, but the nearer future is mobile. Smart phones and tablets are pushing mobile computing and will force better WiFi networks. As bandwidth increases, our live will focus even more around the internet.
What tips would you give to a business that is just starting out with their first website?
Build a site that is credible in appearance and fresh in content. You need to look the part and you need to have content to back it up.