The lead developer at an agency doesn’t just create websites to meet clients’ needs. They also serve as their team’s mentor, oversee how the development of projects is going, and contribute to the biggest web and/or app products. Our lead developer, Phil Condon, has mastered all of these responsibilities along with picking the best songs to listen to and cracking the funniest jokes throughout the workday. Since Phil has a lot to offer, we decided to chat with him so our audience could get to know him better.
Where are you from?
What inspired you to go into web development?
I originally got my Associates in Graphic Design from North Shore Community College and wanted to be a designer. Then as I was going for my Bachelors I decided I wanted to learn to code. I’ve always been interested in the Internet and spend a lot of time online so I eventually got interested in how websites are made. When I started at Sperling Interactive, I was a designer/developer but over time decided development was my strength.
Where did you learn how to develop websites?
I am primarily self-taught having used various paid and free online resources like Team Treehouse, YouTube, and Google but I got my Bachelors of Art in Interactive Multimedia from Salem State where I took a few HTML/CSS classes.
What is your favorite Sperling project to date?
It’s hard to pinpoint one single project. I enjoy working on sites that involve creating interactive elements that drive a better User Experience. Some websites I had the privilege of working on that have great UX are Bluesel, the campaign for the Concord Museum, Harbor Tours, Bridgewell, and Brunswick School’s admission site.
What is your favorite part of the website building process?
I really like creating something from nothing. At Sperling Interactive, we start with an empty text editor and over time we eventually have a fully functional website.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I can juggle!
What do you like to do for fun?
Play sports with friends, play video games, and develop my coding skill further.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Salem?
Live here. I’ve lived in Salem my entire life and have seen it evolve drastically over the last 27 years. I also enjoy being near the water and it’s interesting living and working in a huge tourist destination.
What is your key to success?
Having a clear plan from the beginning and persevering through any challenges that may arise.
Thank you Phil for all of your work at Sperling. To learn more about our team members, check out the interview we did last month with our COO, Rachel Grubb, here.