Snap SVG animation

This time in the interviewee’s chair, it’s developer Jonathon Herbert’s turn to get a grilling. Let’s see what we can get out of him.

Our developers come from a variety of backgrounds, and none make a better example of this than Jonathon. As well as being a keen programmer, he also has an MA in History. So, without
further ado, let’s get stuck into Jonathon’s interview.

What’s your working background, and how did you come to work for Newicon?

I completed a history MA before arriving at Newicon’s door as an intern with a portfolio of web-based work. I’d always had a hobbyist’s interest in programming, learning with BASIC on the old Acorn computers (remember them?) when I was young, and later writing a bit of C++. They hired me after realising that my tea-making game was just too high to go to a competitor.

Describe your job to a six-year-old.

Imagine you’re at home with some friends, building a big fancy Lego car. First of all, you dream up what kind of car you’re going to create together.

Then, you build it, figuring out some of the fiddly bits as you go. How many wheels? Do you need a spoiler? (Yes.) Finally, once it’s built, you get to roll it along the landing and down the stairs. When bits fall off, or you think it could move faster, you might repair it or think of waysto make it better.

My job is like this, but for computer programs! I help to imagine them, build them, take care of them and improve them once they’re released for everyone to use. It’s challenging, creative, and
a lot of fun.

Your favourite office moment?

The big move. Nothing brings the team together like intense physical labour, then beer and fried food afterwards.

Nicole and I hid Neill’s ball inside the new slide, he still doesn’t know it was us.

Favourite film/TV show?

David Simon’s threnody to the post-industrial American  city, The Wire. Please watch it. Watch it and e-mail me about it. Or, you know, don’t. It’s cool.

Do you have any hidden talents, or is there an interesting fact about you?

I’m a secret sax player with fellow Newiconite and bassist Rich O’Brien. Come to a gig!

Keep an eye out for more of our team blogs. And find out more about what we do in our recent case study.

If you’re interested in working with Newicon on your next digital project, get in touch now.