The Tecmark 10 – with web developer Joe Curran

Joe Curran joined Tecmark in March 2016 as a Web Developer. In his Tecmark 10, he explains the ins and outs of his day in the office. Follow Joe on Twitter.

What does your typical day look like?

A normal day starts with a train ride to the office. During my commute, I often sit back and listen to the week’s random playlist. Once at the office it’s time for everyone’s favourite task, checking the emails.

After that, I go through my schedule to find out what the day has prepared for me. I also take this time to plan any new tasks. Then I’m down the real work designing, developing or crafting websites or applications for our clients.

Throughout the day extra tasks arise, so my workflow and schedule is always adapting.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?

That has to be turning our clients’ ideas and design time into a working application or website that is destined to be seen by thousands of users. I also find it deeply satisfying to create a positive user focus experience making the web a more open and accessible place for everyone. Then being able to see people using it and spreading the work on social media.

What’s best thing about working at Tecmark?

There are a number of really great things about working at Tecmark. However, the most important of these is the people. Tecmark has a team of close and passionate people who enjoy their work. There is no better feeling than walking into an office where everyone is supporting, friendly and ambitious.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned since you started working at Tecmark?

I have learnt so much about practical SEO and how we can use this to improve a site’s performance and visibility. There is a lot of considerations when creating an effective SEO campaign with many parts all working together. So far I have learnt how to identify various technical issues that can affect a site’s performance and how to fix them.

What do you expect to be learning over the next 12 months?

Over the next 12 months I expect to learn a lot more about the different SEO techniques we can use to make the site better. I also planned to get up to date on the least ‘User Experience Design’ (UX) trends so we can provide an even better user experience for our clients’ existing and potential customers.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever worked on?

It’s actually a project I worked on recently. I found it very interesting as I used Google Maps to create an interactive infographic for a local newspaper. The infographic was designed to display localised data for care homes, providing an exciting and informative method of portraying the data to readers.

How do you relax away from work?

Walking! It is my go to activity for relaxing, whether I’m out on my own or with friends, there is no beating the outdoors.

If the weather is not favourable I really enjoy online gaming where I can sit back and play online with friends from the comfort of my office chair or the sofa. Gaming provides a brilliant way of disconnecting and relaxing away in one of many worlds that it offers.

What is your favourite hobby/activity to do in your free time?

Photography… I have loved photography for many years and it is something that I still enjoy today. My passion for photography started when I was young and we used to go out as a family to all manner of beautiful places. I soon became enthralled in the activity. I have tried many different types of photography from macro to landscape.

And finally … you’ve recently moved a house, was it stressful, exciting or both?

If you have ever moved a house yourself you will know that it is definitely both – stressful but exciting.

The most exciting part of moving house for me is the feeling of a “fresh start”. New house, new location, new city. It’s great to have your own space, free from anyone else where you can make your own mark on the place.

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