I hate hats. When I say hate, I don’t mean I hate them as an article of clothing, they are o.k. on other people – but just not me. They don’t suit me. The only time I wear a hat is when it’s really cold and I’ve got woolly hat that my wife gave me just for that purpose – and it never stays on any longer than necessary… it makes my hair look like a bowl head. I hate having bowl hair too. So apart from when Jack Frost’s about – you’ll never see me in a hat.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, you may be wondering why I am ranting on about hats? The reason is that I seem to have 2 other hats. Proverbial ones. One of them is a HTML5 developer / After Effects hat. I think I’m a good developer. I have developed some nice sites and some nice apps and some nice banners along with cool video work. I’m not going to try and blow my own trumpet, but my clients seem to be happy with the work I produce and I keep getting asked to do more for them, so by that token I think I must be a pretty alright type of developer.
The other hat I don on my proverbial head is a producer one. It’s a hat I seem to be wearing more often recently. Working with a brief and the creative team to put together a project once it’s hit the desks – getting things moving – working out what’s needed, who’s gonna do it and by when. I like taking the brief and working up the ideas based on what I know we can do with the technology, then working with the designers, programmers, 3D modellers, copywriters etc to put the whole thing together. Sure – any of the HTML5 / AIR development parts – that’s my bag and I’ll get on with that too. I’ve worked like this with many of the projects you’ll see in my portfolio. The clients I have done this work for seem to like it. I’ve been asked to do more work based on this arrangement, so I think I must be an alright producer too.
I did once try on a third type of proverbial hat. The designer type. It didn’t stay on long. I’m not a designer. Definitely not a designer. I could show you some of my design work, but I won’t. You’ll laugh. Always get the professionals in – that’s what I think. Anyway, I digress. On the same foot, I don’t mind just getting involved with only the development side and equally I don’t mind getting involved in just the producer side too.
You could call me a developer with producer skills? Or a producer with developer skills? I don’t know – you decide. For now I’m just gonna call myself a Developer / Producer. Or Marcus. That’s what my wife calls me. Most of the time.
Talking of my wife Hayley – she works with me too. We work alongside each other on various projects and she also provides cover when needed. She is much more arty than I am – so my technical skills and her eye for detail give us a good combo. At least I hope so.
So that’s what I do in in my working life. Apart from that we live with our 2 children, who keep us especially busy. But that’s to be expected. During my spare time we like to spend as much as of it as possible with them, our friends and family – I’d be in trouble if I didn’t. I am rubbish at golf, but I enjoy a round or two in the summer. I also enjoy running. Well, actually I enjoy the sense of achievement when I finish running. The actual running part isn’t so much fun. Maybe I’ll start to like that part a bit more soon?