Shipmate Spotlight - Laura Richer

1. What quote do you live your life by?

It sounds a bit counter productive but it’s all about pushing yourself to learn your limits so you can build on that and improve. Applies to both sport and work, pushing myself to learn new technologies and techniques but the mistakes along the way only strengthen my knowledge.

2. Ten years ago, what did you think you’d be doing now?

10 years ago I was at college studying Music Technology dead set on becoming a sound engineer, however Uni killed my love for music and by the end of it I had started to teach myself web development. I realised I was pretty good at it, enjoyed it and sort of just fell into this path – the rest is history!

3. What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Not sure if it counts as one, but… my bikes.

4. What are you listening to/ reading/ watching at the moment?

Along with everyone else ever I'm listening to Ed Sheeran's new album. I’m reading A LOT of AngularJS tutorials as I am currently trying to teach myself Angular and working my way towards building my first Angular web app. I don’t tend to watch a lot of current TV, but I’m currently working my way through the IT Crowd for the 100th time!

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m a very active person - when I am not sat in front of a computer screen mountain biking is my main love and a great way of exploring many places you would never think to explore… on a bike. I also go bouldering quite a bit and try and get to the gym a few times a week.

6. What’s your favourite thing about agency life?

Working for an agency is an experience unlike any other you would expect from your usual desk job. The feeling of being part of a big family and actually enjoying yourself at work is something I never thought I would get in my professional life. Oh… and Friday Yoga!

7. What’s the coolest digital marketing trend you’ve seen lately?

Not so much digital marketing but more the web side. I am obsessed with micro animations on websites that are usually triggered by scroll or coming into the viewport. I love this trend because I think it allow developers to be creative and I also think subtle things like this hugely improve user experience and make your website stand out amongst competitors.

Here are some cool examples: http://carv.ai/, http://www.melville-design.com/, https://parall.ax/

8. What’s your previous working experience?

I was very lucky to land myself a junior developer job at a small agency in Huddersfield straight out of university (about 3 months after deciding I wanted to be a web developer). I landed on my feet there, and I worked alongside the other developer to hone my skills and learnt so much from him. After a year there I decided it was time to move on and here I am at The Bigger Boat 3 years on!

9. What are you working on at the minute that we should know about?

We have been revamping parts of the Little Tikes website and I have been working my way through all of the product range landing pages. The Cozy Coupe one is one of my favourites so far… think Toy Car Showroom!

In my spare time I’ve been teaching myself Angular and building a web app that combines it with the Spotify API to do some cool stuff. I’m hoping to get that finished before it gets light in the evenings and I get distracted!

10. What are you excited about during the next year at TBB?

It would be great to get some more household names on board and have the opportunity to work on some of their websites. There is also murmurings of a new TBB website, I’ve not started working on it yet but I’m very excited to get my teeth into that.

I’m also looking forward to summer… the location of our new office means I can literally ride my bike out of the office and into the woods for an hour on my lunch break.

Posted by Laura Richer on March 8, 2017