What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I enjoy the variety of project work. Beginning a new project can be daunting, but it's great to have a blank canvas to start from. It's very rewarding to go from a white screen to a completed project knowing that you made it happen.
I don't think anybody enjoys working on old sites. As soon as you finish a project, you’ve learnt new techniques, so going back to a site a year on can make it feel very out of date. Luckily we keep our sites up-to-date, but the process can be time consuming.
What skills are essential to your job?
Problem-solving, logic and the ability to work out issues is key. Communication between the account handlers and the designers is really important for making sure the site is built as it was intended. Also to make sure you’re not doing any additional or unnecessary work.
What tools do you use most for your work?
I work mostly in PHPStorm, which is a really powerful program, with loads of features. I use Google Docs for collaborative documentation, as it's easy to share and allows joint input.
I hate asking the same question twice, so I try and write down as much as I can in a notebook when I am doing something new. I also love a to-do list!