This month Adrian Nicholls, who has just joined our Coach House team, talks about settling in at Zengenti.
What's your background?
I come from a creative design/code background with experience in e-commerce and eBay development and design. In my last role, I specialised in creating branding packages for eBay and e-commerce clients. I've worked with top brands and household names, including Proctor & Gamble, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger.
What does your role involve?
My job title is front end developer & designer. My role involves managing all creative aspects of the client project from start to finish. I work closely with clients to drive projects all the way from generating ideas and wireframe mockups, to the whole design and build process.
What services are offered by your team and what sort of skills do your team members have?
I am based in the Coach House team. As a group, we hold a vast range of skill sets. We have a strong set of designers and developers who are experts in client communication and project management.
Take us through a normal day for you.
A normal day consists of many tasks. At our morning scrum meeting, we get together to discuss what people worked on the day before, and what they have planned for the day ahead. We then move onto client and project work. This can be anything from design mock ups, wire frame designs, building the website html/css, through to cross-browser and mobile device testing. The day will also involve tasks like working on tender documents and support tickets – including questions and quotations.
What do you get up to when you're not working?
In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit, watching TV and movies, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Can you name somebody who inspires you?
I find a lot of inspiration from creative people through social media. I follow a lot of musicians, artists, designers, and developers and have an interest in seeing what the current trends for development may be. This is a great way to build on new knowledge and skills within your industry.
What's your favourite thing about working at Zengenti so far?
Zengenti is a great workplace in many aspects. The teams all hold very talented people with a huge skillset which is shown in the work they create. The company as a whole is a very inviting and a friendly work environment with the top line technology at hand.
What's your favourite website at the moment?
There are a lot of trends on the web at the moment that highlight the different ways people work and create. I am very interested in websites that stand out graphically, pushing boundaries in design and development.
One website I've come across recently is for the whisky brand Knob Creek. The site stands out visually, and represents the brand to the target market in an interesting and different way.
Where do you think the web is going? Are there any trends that are affecting the work you are asked to do?
With mobile-first being the recent buzzword, development for mobile websites will continue to grow in ways that incorporate more and more mobile features and functionality into desktop displays. I can see large crisp imagery and flat base coloured design growing in all aspects of the web.
Adrian is one of several new members of our professional services team. We're always on the lookout for clever, creative, and friendly people who can help our clients create brilliant websites. Check out our careers page for the latest vacancies.