Make cool shit- and don't fuck it up
Jam3 is one of the world’s top digital and production design agencies. They specialize in creating highly advanced, experiential works in both the advertising and entertainment industry. Some of their clients include MTV, Facebook, and Visa.
In 2015, I was approached by talent manager and all around awesome person Amanda Westerhout to join forces with the Jam3 team to collaborate on an exciting upcoming project. Specifically, they were looking for someone who was game to help deliver a clean, stylish, and performant single-page application to one of their blue-chip clients.
I spent two months in-office with Jam3 (my desk had a label with my name on it and everything!). Things that made my time with Jam3 amazing:
- Direct mentorship from web development wizard Darcy Clarke
- Building a single-page app powered by Facebook’s React framework
- Integrating the front end of our project on top of the WordPress VIP
- Platform Developing for multi-language support (including right to left languages like Arabic)
- Participating in daily scrums with an international team
- Leading the internal Alpha review for the front end of our project
Collaborating with a development/project team was awesome, and one of the main reasons I love working as a contractor. I learned to structure my code to adhere to my team’s rigorous style guide, to negotiate and plan responsive design for our site with the project’s lead designer and developer, and how to properly organize our project using git flow.
For the tech-curious among you, here are a few of the awesome tools I got to use:
- Babel / ES6
- Webpack & Gulp
- JSX/Jade for Templating
- Git Flow for code reviews (and continuous development)
As far as ‘levelling-up’ experiences go, my time with Jam3 definitely helped me step up my game as a web developer, and taught me the importance of releasing a bug-free, performant, and aesthetically beautiful project.