Rob Costello

Lead Developer

What's the plot?

I'm a full-stack developer - I get involved in every level of the sites and web apps that we build, from the background data, to the fancy animations that you see in your browser. My specialities are responsive design (making your site look good and work well on everything from widescreen desktop, to iPad, to your phone), accessibility (making sure everyone can read and interact with the site), and generally getting excited about geeky stuff.

At Wired Canvas we like to mix things up. I've been known to produce designs, and sometimes they even let me talk to clients!

Your favourite scene?

The best part of this job is learning new things; I read a lot about new techniques and technologies. I love discovering beautiful work others have done ...and digging around in it to see how they did it! There's nothing better than that Eureka moment when you finally get something new to work.

Your back-story?

I studied Fine Art: Media at NCAD, Dublin, focussing on web technology and interactive installation. I've worked as a web designer since 2006, both in-house and as a freelancer. I moved to London in 2011, and worked in a variety of weird and wonderful little jobs (including playing piano in train stations to promote the City of London Festival), before joining Wired Canvas in 2013.

...Spin-offs?

I’m deeply into music. I've studied classical and jazz on guitar and piano, but these days I play electronic music as Sounds of System Breakdown. I'm involved in "Door to Door", a project documenting the stories of the Irish diaspora in London and further afield. My preferred form of transport is bicycle, and my favourite Sunday hangout spot is the Barbican Conservatory.

Your motivation?

I share so many of our clients' values and motivations. I love art and music. I think our impact on the environment is the most important issue of our lifetimes. Job satisfaction, for me, is helping clients like these to get their message out there.

...also, making cool stuff.

1,549,293
lines of code written (probably)
1,214
burritos eaten
17
websites deployed with Wired Canvas
Lactose
= kryptonite

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