At BirdBrain, our business is defined by our team. From brand strategists and copywriters to designers and developers, we have a wide range of specialists each with their own unique set of skills and quirks.

If you’re already a BirdBrain client, you’ve likely met our director David as well as members of our digital account management team, but you may not have had the chance to get to know our web developers.

Our talented team of web developers work tirelessly to create high performing sites, while also assisting with all of your technical needs. We want to take a moment to introduce the faces behind the screens and shine a light on the people who are quietly working hard behind the scenes at BirdBrain.

Caleb, Developer

How did you get into Development and how long have you been developing for now?

I made my first website when I was 10 years old, but left development in pursuit of my amateur full-time gaming and skateboarding career until I hit university. I studied computer science and eventually branched off into web development on my own terms and finally finished my degree. I’ve been a developer for about 3 years now.

What is the project you are most proud of and why?

I am most proud of my application that is used for tracking faulty-goods and items. It forced me to make a lot of mistakes, delete thousands and thousands of lines of code and made me step out of my comfort zone. Building a product that is used by people is a very gratifying feeling, however it comes with the added extra step of responsibility.

 What is your development specialty or super-power?

I like to stop before starting, meaning I feel a well-planned out approach is more beneficial than diving in head-first. It takes a bit of will-power to sit back, bring out pen & paper and write down your plan of attack before beginning a new project.

What is your favourite website and why?

My favourite website is: https://www.berkshirehathaway.com/. This is Warren Buffet’s company website, which is how the internet all started. Documents containing text, with a little bit of CSS. The site has no added JavaScript (sans Google Analytics), purely static, delivers the information as you see. All the CSS is inline too.

It’s worth mentioning that Warren Buffet has a net worth of over 70 Billion USD.

Who inspires you?

Damien Mander from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation inspires me. His life took a massive 180-degree turn when he first witnessed the cruel treatment of animals in a circus performance. Formerly an Australian special operations sniper and clearance diver, he now protects endangered species in the south of Africa from illegal poachers. I’ve only met Damien once, yet his compassion, storytelling and words of wisdom are unimpeachable.

Mark, Developer

How did you get into Development and how long have you been developing now?

I came from a design and development background; however, I have always enjoyed developing more due to the challenges and problem-solving requirements needed. I have now been developing for around 15 years.

What was your first project? What is the project you are most proud of?

My first big/challenging project was the original DiskBank website. Now the project I’m most proud of would be each new full site build I get to work on.

What is your development specialty or super-power?

As I mentioned, I’ve come from a design and development background but have found my niche in the challenges that come from development. Switching between different roles over the years has allowed me to acquire a pretty unique perspective of a growing business. Essentially, I have been able to grow my expertise as BirdBrain has evolved.

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

My favourite place that I’ve visited in the world was Egypt, it was so different to anything I had experienced before. Two more places to visit on my bucket list would be Italy and Russia (after COVID-19, of course).

Who inspires you?

I would say that the people that inspire me the most are our dev team. They are a great bunch of guys that are passionate, positive and encouraging with great dev skills.

Randev, Developer and Technical Support

How did you get into Development and how long have you been developing for now?

I got into development straight after high school in Sri Lanka. A family friend had just started their own business and offered me a job. I didn’t know anything about development at the time but learned everything on the job and never really looked back. I’ve been developing for around 13 years now.

What was your first project?

My first ever big project was a booking platform for an African travel company. I loved looking at all the different locations and safaris and added many to my bucket list.

What project are you most proud of?

I don’t really have one project in particular that I’m proud of. I guess I like them all in their own way.

What is your development specialty or super-power?

I think being a developer is the super-power! The ability to create something from nothing has always intrigued me.

What is your favourite website and why?

This may or may not come as a surprise, but my favourite website ever is messivsronaldo.net. It’s not so much to do with the development side of things, more the content. I also must say it is presented quite well.

What do you do when you’re not developing?

I have many other hobbies and interests, probably too many. I’ve spent many years playing guitar in bands and other side projects. I’m still looking for a singer to join my band! I also used to teach music at a friend’s music school in Sri Lanka.

I am an aviation geek and started learning to fly through simulators when I was around 10 years old. I started doing real flight lessons after moving to Perth and I hope to get my private pilot’s license soon.

I’m also an avid gamer and interested in game development. I spend some time trying to modify games as well as learning how they work, when I’m not playing them.

Eric, Web Developer

How did you get into Development and how long have you been developing for now?

My first taste of HTML and CSS was on a virtual pet site that allowed you to create custom layouts for your profile, although at that point I didn’t think it could be a career. I ended up going to university for Business and Information Technology and ended up catching the web development bug after taking the Programming major provided by the university. Since graduating, I’ve been working as a web developer for just over 2 years now and am loving it!

What was your first project?

My first project at BirdBrain was aussielivinghomes.com.au, which I worked on with another BirdBrain developer. This was a great introduction to the tech stack that the company was using at the time, and I’m very pleased with the final output of that website. I learned a lot from that project and continue to use what I learnt from the project in our current builds.

What is your development specialty or super-power?

My development super-power would have to be anything front-end development. This means anything that you see with your eyes on a website. I really enjoy taking designs and bringing them to life through code. Having a finished product that people can interact with that flows well is what I love most about front-end development, and BirdBrain has definitely challenged me in these aspects.

What is your favourite website and why?

One of my favourite websites is codepen.io. It’s a website that allows anyone to easily set up a quick mini web project that can be publicly accessed by others. Because everything is so easy to set up, it means people can focus on just being creative, so it’s easy to get caught up scrolling through other people’s projects that have been featured on the front page. It’s a great place to be creative myself and a great place to draw inspiration and new concepts from others.

What do you do when you’re not developing?

When I’m not developing, you can usually find me eating out with friends and family, at the gym (when it re-opens), or keeping myself entertained at home by playing Nintendo Switch games or watching a new Netflix series.

The Brains Behind BirdBrain

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