by Madeleine Baud
27 August 2018
Meet Michelle, our web developer.
Who are you?
- Reader of Tolkien
- Watcher of musicals
- Admirer of languages
- Petter of cats
- And occasionally, coder of codes
What do you do at Liquorice?
Most of my time is spent turning the gorgeous work and ideas from the absurdly talented Liquorice designers into living, breathing websites. Making sure that it's as close as possible to the designer's beautiful vision and a pleasant, intuitive experience for users.
The remainder of my time is spent keeping on top of the latest browser or device update.
How did you get here?
As a primary school kid, I got into Yahoo Geocities, Microsoft Frontpage and Adobe Dreamweaver, a hobby which eventually led me to doing pieces of freelance work for extra pocket money in high school. It stayed as a small hobby on the side as I graduated from Computer Science, worked as a software-platform developer and then an expert systems creator.
One day, an observant friend asked why I didn't just turn my hobby of making websites into a job and... voilà.
What's the best thing about working at Liquorice?
I'm fairly sure every staff profile so far has said this, and as much as I'd like to answer differently to avoid sounding like a cult, it's unequivocally the people. Everyone is so great, it's borderline ridiculous. There's such an unbelievably sterling culture here and everyone's an absolute ace human being who's passionate about their work.
If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?
Classical Latin, Quenya (the Classical Latin of Tolkien's fictional elvish languages) or writing complete programs in binary. None of which would be particularly useful or practical.
Where do you find inspiration?
Usually, driving or at the keyboard (the musical one). I'm the most relaxed behind the wheel or playing a tune, so that's where I find the kookiest thoughts. Like, does a frog remember when it was tadpole and how can we test it?
Tell us something we don't know about you.
My memory is fairly disastrous. I frequently forget my phone at home, what day it is, or end up shampooing my hair five times in a row because I'm unsure whether I've just washed it, whether it's a memory of when I washed it yesterday or whether it's déjà vu.
Actually, I'd thought of another answer to this question, but I've forgotten what it was and the longer I think about it, the more confused I am as to whether I actually did think of another answer, whether this is the answer I thought of or whether I just think I'd thought of another answer.
It's pretty much Inception, but with mundane, everyday things.