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A 3 Minute Sizzle with: Luke Guppy at Redweb

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We take 3 minutes with Luke Guppy, Front End Development Director at Redweb. You can hold your own 3 Minute Sizzle with Luke at Meetdraw 25 on Thursday 26 March. Tickets are free and available here.

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In 140 characters or less, tell us what your agency does.
Redweb design and build web technology based solutions for clients using a range of CMS platforms, specialising is user centred approaches.

Tell us what you do at the agency
I am the Front End Development Director and I am responsible for a team of 9 Front End Developers. I do everything from pitching, scoping and planning projects through to coding solutions. I also make sure that individual Developers and Redweb as a whole, are always progressing in terms of technology and techniques within Front End Development.

And tell us about your favourite piece of work produced by your agency
My current favourite project from Redweb is the Beta Department for Education website (http://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk), this website uses a host of modern CSS and JavaScript techniques to provide a truly responsive and adaptable experience. The effort and attention to detail put into the design and development of this are obvious to see. Performance within browsers is also excellent, an aspect of builds often overlooked in so many websites today. My favourite project at Redweb is usually one of the most recent.

What was your first job? (obviously with a creative context, we’re not too interested in paper rounds and bar work)
My first job was a Junior Designer for Conrad Advertising (now Artavia) in 1998

How did you get that first job?
I was doing a photography and computing apprenticeship, working at The Wimborne Magazine, when I applied for the position. It was a group interview in which my experience from the magazine helped a lot.

What three attributes do you look for in prospective employees?
Being open to change and questioning how you do things as part of your coding process.
Technical ability – being able to demonstrate good technical understanding of how code runs in a browser (HTML/CSS/JS)
A good understanding of the importance of the user in web design

What’s your favourite movie?
Casino is my favourite movie, it was the first film to use a mounted camera the camera man could walk with

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t keep things you have learnt to yourself, trying to make yourself indispensable. Work to make yourself redundant.

And the worst?
All advice should be taken with a pinch of salt. I can’t think any bad advice because if it was bad why remember it?

Bournemouth seems to be a hotbed of creative talent at the moment, why do you think that is?
I think Bournemouth always has been an ideal place to nurture creativity, the size of the student community is ever growing and the range of people, that both live and visit, provide a wealth of inspiration and diversity into the Town’s society. There has also been an increase in technical courses at College and University, meaning more creative minds are starting to turn to coding as a career, this is really driving the digital industry forward.

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