Get to know our new Front-End Developer, Doug Cross.
Describe a typical day for you in the office.
Since joining, I have witnessed a positive energy, bright smiles and professionals dedicated to their craft. In the short time here, I am getting familiar with AYC Media's practices, systems and client projects. I try daily to meet new members of our team and explore the community of Conshohocken and the nearby Philadelphia.
What were you doing before you joined the team?
Most recently before joining AYC Media, I had worked with in-house teams at Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical company Janssen as a Frontend Developer and User Interface Designer. As a multidisciplinary designer and developer, earlier work included producing projects for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, K. Hovnanian Homes, Sodexo and many more as member of marketing agencies. I learned my love for design and development from The College of New Jersey where I received a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Graphic Design.
Have any interesting hobbies?
I love being active, being a part of recreational floor hockey or softball leagues to keep up fitness and my favorite childhood pastimes. But the most interesting, the past few years, I have participated in team-oriented half marathons such as Tough Mudder with people from around the country.
What’s your go-to music when you’re working?
My biggest creative surges come when listening to Classic, Contemporary and Alternative Rock from the eras between 60 to 90s.
Tell us something unique about yourself, a fun fact that we don't know.
In the great Garden State, I grew up on a farm where we grew, everything from sweet corn, tomatoes, evergreen trees to annual and perennial garden plants. We had many animals; chickens, a Pot-bellied pig and even a peacock to name a few. It was encouraged to get your hands dirty.
Want to share with us a project you have worked on in the past that you are most proud of?
There are many small projects when local businesses and organization reach out for help with their online presence, each are important to me. Working pro bono with my home town's Open Space Committee on their branding and with my family's church on their website, were the most rewarding.
Have you seen any industry trends recently that inspired you?
The design community has always inspired me, I am really excited to see those professionals merge philosophies with developers to solve today's problems and shape tomorrow's future. Watch the areas of wearable and IoT (Internet of Things) technology as they will create smarter medical devices and homes we rely on.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Many teachers, professors, role models have bestowed great tidbits of knowledge but the overwhelming theme I found is that the most important principles of successful teams and projects is communication. Whether its being as detailed or listening closely, what the creative industry does is to communicate ideas, concepts, emotion effectively as possible.