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Aug 29 2008

Growth, Kudos and a New Chapter In My Web Life

Posted by: Paul Kelley

After four years of Webfoolery™ at Digital Bungalow, today marks my final day with this Salem based interactive agency. It’s been a long and windy road, with more speed bumps than I care to remember, but on the whole, I will always remember Digital Bungalow as the place where I learned the majority of web knowledge.

I’ve been lucky to work with some seriously talented people while at Digital Bungalow. I worked with designers that challenged me to become a better designer. I worked with developers who taught me there was more to HTML than tables. I worked with people who strive to be the best possible web professionals they can be. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. These people don’t get the kudos they deserve often enough, so I’m going to give it to them.

The Designers

Tom Pasquini, my Creative Director at Digital Bungalow, is one of the most versatile designers I’ve ever seen, and he taught me literally EVERYTHING I know about Flash. They didn’t teach me squat in school about actionscript. If I wanted to loop something three times, I just copied the frames on the timeline and pasted them over and over. I am almost embarrassed to say that, but it only strengthens my argument about the effect Tom and others had on me.

Sarah Andresen, a fellow designer, is damn talented as a designer and is now adding front-end development to her web arsenal. When you have someone working with you who’s that good, you have to stay on your toes. You need to constantly stay on your A game and work to improve with every concept. She’s the current Digital Bungalow Fantasy Baseball Champion and she also needs to sign up for Twitter so I can link you wonderful people to her.

Bill Copes, a fellow designer who left Digital Bungalow in April, is probably one of the best at using textures in designs. His work always has amazing depth and well structured content. He’s also become a talented front-end developer.

The Developers

Jim Kelly, the Technical Director at Digital Bungalow opened my eyes to how things work on the other side of the room. I tried to learn as much as possible about the way development works so that I’m not completely in the dark about what’s going on there. I don’t like not knowing something. I try to soak everything in, Jim made that easy. That led me to learn more about ASP classic, some .NET and PHP.

Michael Witwicki, one of the developers, got me more interested in javascript. Lucky for me, jQuery makes that easier. Mike is a code magician! He’s made things work that have no right working. He makes the impossible, possible. I was sworn to secrecy on this, and I shouldn’t be saying it, but he is, in fact, Superman… for the web.

Ken Lawrence, joined Digital Bungalow a few months ago as a developer. I can’t say I’ve learned a whole bunch from him but it’s only because I didn’t have enough time to. I can say I learned the Graphic Novel Wanted is a hell of a lot better than the movie was. From what I’ve seen, he’s talented and one funny bastard.

Marc Amos, was the front-end developer until April when he decided to take his business, Boston Web Studio, on full time. Marc is the main reason I know what I know about XHTML & CSS. I had never heard about a div or span before I started working with Marc. Naturally I was easily convinced this was the proper way to build a website. I wish I could do a Matrix like download of all the information he has into my brain, though if I did that it might explode, that’s how much of a web ninja he is.

These are the people who have shaped me into the designer/developer I am. Today, I thank them for everything they’ve given me and I walk out the door one last time into a new chapter of my life. On Tuesday, I join iMarc, a very talented company in Newburyport, but I feel confident I will be able to live up to their expectations of me, because I’ve come prepared, with the knowledge given to me by my friends.

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