Employee Spotlight: Ryan Gibson
Hi Ryan! Thanks for letting us get to know more about you! Let's get started!
1. What’s your role at Mediacurrent, both internally and client-related?
I’m a Senior Drupal Developer at Mediacurrent.
2. Give us an idea of what professional path brought you here.
It’s been a wild ride getting to this point in my career, as I know it has been for a lot of individuals working in software development. I always loved working with computers, but when I arrived at my university, I had it in my head that I needed to do something “serious”. So I went through about seven years total of theological study between undergraduate and seminary. Along with that, I worked at a few churches in various roles—mostly with students. When I finally decided that caring deeply about something personally doesn’t necessarily mean doing it professionally, I decided to pursue some business ideas that I had. None of those worked out, but what I did come away with was a pretty good understanding of Drupal. That was enough to land me a gig as a junior developer at an agency in Philadelphia. The rest is history.
3. How did you first get involved with Drupal?
I had this HUGE idea for a web company that was going to change the world and all I had to do was build a simple website—no sweat. ::shakes head and sighs:: Good news though, I hired a local Drupal developer to give me a lesson so I could learn about this “web design” thing. In an hour, he taught me how to use Views and Panels. After deciding that I probably needed a bit more experience, I told him that I wanted to schedule another lesson. He said that I was catching on quickly and instead should just attend a local Drupal meetup instead. It was really the best advice ever. I made some great connections and learned a lot of great tips. I must have went through 100 iterations of this site I had in mind, which it turns out is really good practice for learning how to do something.
4. Is there a go-to Drupal module that you like to incorporate whenever possible?
That’d probably still be Panels.
5. Do you have any recommended reading or books that you would suggest to others?
The thing with books is, it’s easy not to get the latest information, since the open source world moves so quickly. Unless reading books is just how you learn in the most efficient way, I recommend reading the latest tutorials and blogs. A good way to find both of those things is to subscribe to The Weekly Drop.
6. Any mobile apps that you use regularly?
Strong, Apple Notes, Highball, At Bat
7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending time with my wife, my kids, and friends, coaching a local little league baseball team, working in my lawn (where I spend most evenings), telling anyone who will listen about the 2016 Cubs World Series, and oh—I recently got back into homebrewing with my neighbor.
8. What do you like about Mediacurrent?
I was thinking about this the other day. I’ve been at Mediacurrent for two years now and I’m realizing that not only are we all really good at our jobs (I work with some of the best in the industry), but we’re all just very comfortable working together. Mediacurrent has managed to achieve a culture that promotes trust, respect, and excellence—and it does so in a distributed environment.