The portfolio and journal of Derek Balmer, a Designer and Front-end Developer from Colorado

Recent Notes

Switching Gears

Beginning Monday, October 1, I’ll be joining the clever crew at RoundPegg, full-time in a dedicated position at their office at Pearl Street’s East End in Boulder.

This is a big transition for me and a decision that was not made easily. For the past several years I’ve been living a dream. I went independent, started a design business and successfully blazed my own path doing what I love. I’ve labored for clients and poured my heart into projects I was proud of. I’ve collaborated with the brightest and most talented colleagues of my career and learned a great deal in return. All things considered I was completely satisfied, professionally. Whenever I would receive full-time offers from clients in the past I would always decline. It never appealed to me and always felt like a step backwards. So what changed?

For starters, this doesn’t feel like “taking a job”. I’ve worked with RoundPegg for over a year now helping out with UI design, front-end dev and various icon and illustration projects. Right from the get-go working with RoundPegg just felt like a good fit. They are a small, productive company and I’ve always enjoyed working with them.

After working with RoundPegg on a semi-regular basis I’ve already begun to feel like an active part of their team. When they recently approached me about coming onboard it felt like a natural progression. For the first time in a long time I was excited at the idea of joining a team again. Not just professionally but for personal reasons as well.

Anyone who’s ever ran their own business knows just how hard it is to maintain a solid balance between work and life. The work never stops. This is especially taxing with a family. The ability to focus on work while at work and enjoy my family and friends when I leave the office is a luxury I’ve long forgotten.

I’m humbled and grateful for the experiences I’ve had over the past several years and I sincerely thank all the wonderful clients and friends I’ve met along the way. I’m excited to join the talented group at RoundPegg and looking forward to what lies ahead.