1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
2. Why be a web developer and what led you down this career path?
The internet doesn’t turn off, you don’t clock out. You have a 24/7 opportunity to create, help and invent. I can’t really pin point what first grabbed me about web development, but it just felt right, something I could really get stuck into. Web work is always evolving and I kinda like the fact that you can’t know everything about it, so it puts you on the level playing field with a lot of people.
3. What was the first website you made and how was that experience?
It was for a guy who had just started his own business, he paid me £30. I can’t say I learnt too much from it (it was very basic HTML with inline style tags!) and a little bit of Flash I copied from another site, but I guess it got me in front of a real person who judged my work.
4. If you can tell us, what are the projects you are currently working on?
5. What are the best projects you’ve worked on? Tell us about them.
My most successful project is Movies As Code, a very geeky, niche site, but a whole load of movie buff/coders seem to love it! I’d say, the project I’ve worked on is http://upfrontpodcast.com, a weekly podcast that I co-host where we discuss all that is front-end development and speak to some awesome guests! It’s a nice release to talk about this stuff every week.
6. Could you tell us what’s in your personal “toolbox”? Software, apps, hardware, books?
7. Tell us about your best experience as a developer.
8. Tell us about your worst experience as a developer.
I guess, working with some clients, it’s the bits outside of coding/developing/ designing that sometimes get in the way – emails, invoices, etc…
9. In your opinion, what is the difference between a good web designer and a great web designer?
The amount of work you put in outside of the work you are told to do, either at your job or by a client. It’s the effort that you put in off of your own passion and desire that really sets great web designers apart.
10. What advice would you give to our Web Courses Bangkok students?
Build products, sites, plugins, etc as soon as you can to compliment your learning. Take the theory that you’re learning and apply it as soon as possible! It’ll highlight what areas you need to improve on immediately…
Want to know more about Ben?
You can also find him here: dribble and github.
We would like to thank Ben for taking out the time to talk to us and answering our questions. Best of luck to him on his future endeavors.
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