The portfolio and journal of Derek Balmer, a Designer and Front-end Developer from Colorado
The hell with being a rockstar; I didn’t have the hair for it anyway. I make websites.
Great post by Mat Marquis on taking pride in doing “honest-to-God, unglamorous work”.
Quite an amazing example of where things are headed in the future of publishing on the web. Read the full post here.
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.