My name is Joe Angus, and I am and have been a web developer for some years. From an extremely early age I was always facinated with computers, and was typing my name way before I learnt to write. Many nights, I spent hours and hours just watching my Dad on his computer, whilst he was dialing into remote unix machines to configure and maintain them. Before I was 8 years old I was quite familiar how to build a computer, by 10 I had my first Mac and then soon after I got my own PC.
Although bought up in a very technical background, I always had a flair for creativity. My Father’s main client base were in the pre-print industry, and it wasn’t long before I was fascinated with magazine designers, big image setters, plate setters and reading comics before they are released on film. From there I managed to get my first version of Adobe Photoshop (Version 3!) and I never really stopped playing with it!
I spent a lot of time doing all kinds of things using Photoshop, from creating my own backgrounds, creating skin textures on 3D models for game MOD teams, doing photomanipulation, digital painting, also general graphics and websites. I also did a lot of C whilst learning how to modify and use the Half-Life SDK also for MOD teams, which was great fun and set up some foundation for later programming. I’ve always loved games development, and large handful of friends I made during working on these games now work in the Industry. From IO Interactive, DICE, Guerilla Games and Gearbox Software - and I really enjoying hearing from them all and what they’re up to!
After school and then college, I was well into building my web portfolio. I made websites every chance I had, for whoever wanted one - which forced me to learn some good web based skills and techniques. I freelanced for a few years, and then decided that I wanted to get my own place which meant that I needed a steady wage that I knew could support me. During that time I went back to my technical side and learnt PHP, JS, AJAX and compliant CSS.
I now work as both a web designer and developer for a local web development and design company and have been since September 2007. I’ve had to adhere to extremely high accessibility, design and development standards, whilst working with some great clients on extremely technical and exciting projects, which has let me get the experience I needed to step up to a new level. I’m always jumping between designing and development, across a broad range of subjects.