What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked here?
I’m a web designer and I just started working here in July 2012
Do you have any nicknames?
RonJon (like the surf shop) or Ronnie McDonald (from my niece Savannah)
When is your birthday?
Hometown / Where have you lived?
Sumerville, NJ (where I was born)
Croghan, NY (where I grew up, upstate near Canada)
New Paltz, NY (where I went to college)
Long Island, NY
St. Albans, WV (where I got married and started my family)
When did you become interested in art and design?
In Elementary School when I would carry around note pads that me and my friends would draw/doodle in.
When did you become interested in creating websites?
In College when I took a 1 credit course in writing HTML (before CSS when websites weren’t very pretty)
What is your favorite part of creating a new website?
Creating the website in HTML/CSS from the Photoshop design. It’s like putting a puzzle together.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Being able to work with other designers.
When did you become interested in computers and technology?
It seems like I’ve always been interested in computers. I can remember my Dad’s first computer. It was DOS, no mouse or windows. I know scary right?
What piece of technology could you not live without?
Current operating systems likeWindows/OSX/iOS/Android. I would not want to use DOS all the time to interface with a computer. Could you imagine using DOS on a smart phone?
What do you like to do on the weekends?
Just about anything outdoors with my family.
Do you have any hobbies?
Reading books on my Kindle and learning more about web design.
What are your top three moments in your life so far?
When I married my wife
When our first son was born
When our twins were born
What is your favorite color?
Green or Blue? You decide.
What is your favorite food / drink?
Chocolate Chip Cookies or Apple Pie a la mode
What is your favorite musician or type of music?
I usually listen to Contemporary Christian music and Movie Soundtracks
What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport to play is Volleyball and my favorite sport to watch is Football
What are your favorite TV shows?
Good Luck Charlie (thanks to my kids)
Parenthood (thanks to my wife)
What are your favorite movies?
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars (episodes 4-6)
What are your favorite books?
Lord of the Rings is a given
First 3 Shannara books by Terry Brooks
What are your favorite websites or blogs?
Nettuts (net.tutsplus.com) and Web Design Tuts (webdesign.tutsplus.com)
Twitter or Facebook? (and why)
Facebook but I rarely use it.
Tell us about your family!
I was married to my wife in April in 2006, had our first son, Aidan, in 2009, and then had twins, Asher (boy) and Ava (girl), in 2010.
Do you have any pets?
Do 3 kids count?
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Zealand, England, and the Redwood trees in California
If you couldn’t be a Web Designer anymore, what career would you pursue?
Maybe a Fantasy/Sci Fi author
If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?
Telekinesis so I could move things with my mind (like a Jedi) and make myself fly (by picking myself up). Have I thought about this too long? Probably, yes.
How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?
It’s possible that portable devices (smart phones, tablets) will completely replace desktop computers.
What tips would you give to a business that is just starting out with their first website?
Having a good plan and goals written down for your website. There’s so many things a website can do and technologies to use that your website could end up doing too many things and therefore not accomplishing anything if you don’t have a strong plan and goals to start with.