It’s common enough to know that web developers build websites, but there’s much more to their technical role than that. Web developers analyze content, graphics and technical capacities to establish and exceed any website’s goals. It takes a very passionate and patient person to dedicate their days/nights to code life. Lucky for us, we have the best of the best on staff in our Chief Operating Officer and Senior Web Developer, Catherine.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she has been with eMedia Design Company since nearly the beginning, 8 years ago. She recently made the move down to Cincinnati in May 2015 to head up an expanding web development team and manage operations for this fast-growing company. As an industry leader, she builds innovative, robust and user-friendly websites for all of our clients –– and accomplishes it all while jamming to tracks from Pitch Perfect. This month, we’re honoring all of Catherine’s hard work by recognizing her as our first ever “Brainiac of the Month”!
While it’s not easy to get her away from the computer, we snuck a few minutes with her between projects to ask some questions about her career, her experience and her new, highly-esteemed award. Here’s what our top Cincinnati web developer had to say:
Q: What has been your favorite part of working at eMedia Design Company?
A: I’ve had the privilege of watching the company grow over the past 7 years, to the point where I now get to say what I love most about this job is the people I get to work with on a daily basis. That and all the cool gadgets. Gadgets are fun, too.
Q: What are some of your favorite industry resources to stay on top of best practices?
A: I’ve fallen in love with curated lists. Sitepoint’s Versioning has been an absolutely amazing resource. Net Magazine usually has some really great information. I also review courses on CodeSchool and Lynda.com.
Q: You work a TON, but what are some of your hobbies outside of work?
A: I like to explore all there is to do around the city, and have tried to make it a rule that when my friends invite me to do something I’ve never done been before or go somewhere I’ve never been, I drop all (or at least most) of my skepticism and just go with it. I’ve made some amazing memories that way. I love reading and listening to audio books – I try to work through one or two books a month. Playing music, drawing, writing, DIY tech projects… if it’s creative, chances are I like doing it.
Q: Do you have any advice for other women pursuing careers as web developers?
Q: What are you going to do with all of the fame now that you’re eMedia’s first ever “Brainiac of the Month”?
A: Naturally, world domination DID come up, but I feel like that’s ultimately more trouble than it’s worth for someone like me. The next obvious step is to lord this over all my co-workers.