A Round of Questions & Answers with the ReignDesign Team

The RD Team
We decided to take a little break from coding this week and give people a little insight into the crew that makes up ReignDesign. We asked each team member seven questions in a range of topics from preferred operating system to recent reads.

You can check out our answers below. Don't worry not every question has a German code snippet in it. Aber wenn Sie dies lesen können, Sie wissen sollten!

Q: What one piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to become a developer/designer?

  • Anna
    Make the hamster (http://www.java-hamster-modell.de/) walk:

    1. void main(){
    2. while(vornFrei()){
    3. vor();
    4. }
    5. rechtsUm();
    6. }
    7. void kehrt(){
    8. linksUm();
    9. linksUm();
    10. }
    11.  
    12. void rechtsUm(){
    13. kehrt();
    14. linksUm();
    15. }
    16.  
  • Matt
    1. Use source control.
    2. Hire a designer
  • Todd
    Make sure you know what you are really passionate about. Is it the interface? or algorithms? or bringing new ideas to life? Being a "Developer" is a bucket term for a wide range of skills and qualities these days. Know which you are the most passionate about and learn the best technologies to get you into that area.
  • Fluxa
    Learn, learn, learn: you must have an insatiable appetite for learning.
  • Black
    Write a "Hello World" code in any programming language.
  • Nick
    Have a 360 degree view of any project -- not just the users, but also the stakeholders, the programmers, the designers. You'll have to placate everyone between you and the users in order to get a chance to give them what they want.

Q: What websites do you check every day?

  • Anna
    twitter, facebook, and any blog/feed-aggregator that is currently not blocked in china, i.e. google reader
  • Matt
    Google Reader, Facebook, iTunes Connect, Yahoo! Mail
  • Todd
    Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, CNN, BBC, Gmail
  • Fluxa
    Gmail, Digg, Facebook, Twitter, The FWA
  • Black
    Gmail, qinbin.net
  • Nick
    Google Reader, NYTimes, Retweetist, Webmail, Twitter

Q: What text editor do you use?

  • Anna
    SubEthaEdit
  • Matt
    Notepad++ on Windows, Kate on Linux
  • Todd
    Textmate on Mac, Notepad++ on Windows, gEdit on Linux
  • Fluxa
    Gedit, Notepad++
  • Black
    EditPlus, my favorite for recent 10(almost!) years
  • Nick
    whatever is handy

Q: What pieces of work are you most proud of?

  • Anna
    i am proud of most of our projects when we just finished + launched them, where i can see that my input positively effected the outcome, and that had something in the process that was educational for me
  • Matt
    ExploreMetro, Bible Promises, BizSphere
  • Todd
    IBM Person Finder, Avaya Sales Tools - both had a strong emphasis on great design and usability
  • Fluxa
    IBM Person Finder, BizSphere, CVAirSequencer (http://code.google.com/p/cvairsequencer/)
  • Black
    some classic games
  • Nick
    All of them! BizSphere, ReignDesign (our own stuff), new stuff that's about to come out

Q: Macs, Windows or Linux?

  • Anna
    chronologically : mac->windows->windows->mac
  • Matt
    Windows. Linux on my netbook (for speed). Macs if I have to 😉
  • Todd
    Mac
  • Fluxa
    Ubuntu + Windows7
  • Black
    stick to Windows 99% of my time.
    Linux is not a good choice for game development.
    Macs yes if i need to.
  • Nick
    Windows

Q: Whats the best article you read this week?

Q: what would be your dream/ideal mobile app?

  • Matt
    Hold up phone, point camera at someone. It uses facial recognition to recognize them, then uses the web/facebook/linkedin info to give you useful information (name/birthday/company)
  • Todd
    An app that integrates with Facebook's Phonebook to keep up-to-date on all your friends numbers. It could share geolocation from the iPhone's built-in GPS and allow you to see the location of your nearby friends.
  • Fluxa
    First I'd put QRcodes on every object in the world then a simple QR scanner would be the most useful application to get/share information about whatever you want.
  • Black
    Dare You To Drop !!!
  • Nick
    Anything with augmented reality -- "passthrough" camera-to-screen, or integration with mini-projector hardware peripheral
Todd Cullen

Todd Cullen is a founder at ReignDesign.

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