James’ journey into web development began as a hobby, blossomed to a passion, and has since become a fulfilling and rewarding career. He began professionally in 2008 with a small family owned Portland agency, and within a couple of years, launched into the world of freelancing. As a freelance developer, he worked with a variety of clients, designers and agencies to gain invaluable experience in bridging the divide between design, development, and the end user. He enjoys crafting websites that fit and function for those who use them, be it individuals, small to medium-sized businesses, large corporations or non-profit organizations. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering and serving in various aspects of his daughters’ lives including their school’s PTA board, coaching soccer, and offering his developer skills to create better communication experiences in the community.
What motivates you to succeed at your job?
Ingenuity. I love being creative and coming up with new and better techniques for development, design, and user experiences. Collaborating with other creatives motivates me as well.
What is the most valuable tip you’ve received about your career?
In a college, we were told to “create ice sculptures” in regards to writing a two-page paper, as opposed to a longer expose. I relate that idea of simplicity and chipping away to create something simple but not too simple. Start with everything, and then chip away at it until it is “just right.”
Favorite Portland eatery?
Laughing Planet. What can I say? I’m a family guy, and they have dinosaurs.