We’ve welcomed a new face to our digital team. Say hello to David Warrington!
Tell us a bit about your background
Mine is a tale of humble beginnings…
Actually, it’s a pretty generic story. Grew up with two interests: Design and Dinosaurs. Not always in that order. At some point though I decided that Paleontology was a little less exciting than design so I took a course in Interactive Media Production at East Riding College. I got the chance to explore a few avenues with which to express my creativity, such as digital painting, video production and 3D modelling on the course. Frustratingly I enjoyed everything I did on that course, so choosing to do Web Development was a bit of a stab in the dark; however during my last few years at I’ve developed a real passion for Web.
I’ve just finished a Web Design and Development degree at UCLan. The day I started here I actually learned that I’m going to be graduating with a 1st (go me). My time over in Preston was fantastic but I’m glad to be back here (sorry Lancashire, you’re just not Yorkshire).
What are your first impressions at Strawberry?
I actually did an internship here last summer, so answering this now feels like a bit of a cheat. Getting to work here last year made me really excited about Strawberry though. Everybody seems to really love working here and so I figured there must be some magic to the place.
Everybody on the team is really helpful and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. The thing that sticks out about Strawberry to me the most is how much the team care about how things should be done. Nothing is concrete, in terms of, if there’s a better, more sensible way of approaching a task, the team wants to hear about it and will try to implement it.
What drew you to this job?
As mentioned before, I stepped into the shoes of a developer whilst thinking I wanted to be a designer. I’ve not really looked back since. It’s a fantastic experience learning to be a developer. Barely a week goes by that I don’t find myself thinking “I could write this, which would make that easier”. It feels like it’s opened up a world of possibilities for myself. I’m just glad that it’s a skill that others can benefit from too.
In the past couple of years I’ve been to a few meet ups in Hull, Manchester and Warrington. All of which have inspired really interesting discussions and thoughts among myself and my peers. Having the chance to surround myself with individuals as interested in it as myself has only made me more excited about becoming a dev. The openness shared by many in this industry is also amazing to me. I’ve met people who are devs in all sorts of businesses, all of whom want to share their ideas about how code can be improved, how different tools can benefit teams and so on.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I’m sure I can find one around here somewhere…
Right, here goes. When I was around 10/11 years old, some school friends had begun to introduce me to Rock music. That Halloween, wanting to be the coolest kid out there I got my mum to help me dress as Gene Simmons from KISS. Despite the fact that I was missing an axe guitar and fake blood pouring from my mouth I felt pretty awesome and was inspired to continue the theme the next year.
One year down the line, I’d been planning to go out dressed as Eddie the Head, the Iron Maiden mascot. Unfortunately I wound up grounded over Halloween, so my mum didn’t bother to buy me anything costume-wise. I wasn’t going to let that stop me though! That night, I snuck out to a friends house, where my friends had agreed to meet me and wrap me up in toilet paper so I could join them as a mummy. This seemed like a great plan: cheap costume, quick to sort out and easy to discard on the way home. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, 4 or 5 streets into trick or treating, the heavens opened and I wound up with mushy toilet paper in my hair and covering my clothes. Needless to say, the scariest thing that Halloween was the look on my mum’s face as I walked back through the door.
Here’s another member of the team we’d like to introduce you to…meet Sacha.