April Exposed

Categories: Shop Talk

Posted by: April

10/24/2014

Skills:

I started college as an art major, finished with a biochemistry degree, and went on to work in web development – my skills range from design to cloning DNA to HTML/CSS. More broadly, I enjoy challenges that involve creating a product out of theory, logic, and deduction.

Tools of the trade:

Google. And Chrome Developer Tools, which I sometimes spend more time in than the actual website I’m working on. Since I like to break things, Git is invaluable to me. More importantly, @EmergencyPuppy, the occasional pizza break, and a french press mug equipped with 95 mg of caffeine is where I get all of my power.

What is your development style?

When I first started out, it would be to start tweaking things and see what breaks. Lately I’ve been less adventurous but more efficient – careful planning and research goes a long way in writing clean and organized code.

What makes the perfect client?

The perfect client has a solid vision for their project, but isn’t looking to micromanage you or stifle your creativity. A perfect client is more of a partner – both parties bring their strengths to the table and work together to create a beautiful product with a strong backbone.

How is chemistry like web dev?

Binary is the atomic structure of the computer world. These units form logically to create a larger comprehensible unit that can combine with another unit, and so on. Eventually, these units can form a beautiful and complex system. And if at some point they don’t make sense, they either don’t sustain themselves or simply blow up.

How do traditional zines stack up against blogs and Tumblr?

Both are great mediums, but I don’t know anyone who has put together a zine about a topic that didn’t feel passionate about it (meanwhile, my Tumblr is full of Spongebob GIFs and cat memes). Also, zines are inherently therapeutic for both artists and readers – when was the last time you put together something with your own hands or received someone’s personal creation in the mailbox?!

Dream project:

I would love to work on more projects with data visualization and/or mapping. With all of the data (and data visualization tools) available to us, there’s always something to be learned!

Future technology prediction:

3D PRINT ALL THE THINGS! The cost of 3D printing is rapidly decreasing and eventually it will be more efficient to print something yourself rather than ordering it online or offline. We can even print organs! I wouldn’t be surprised if, further down the road, 3D printers became as commonplace in the household as the inkjet printer is today.

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