Meet Simon Clark

An image of Simon Clark in the JUMP office

Meet the team:
Simon Clark, Web Developer

Following the introduction of our ‘Meet the team’ page comes our mini blog series. Each week, hear personally from our team members about their roles at JUMP and more. 


Tell us a bit about yourself

I was originally born in New York, United States, and am now married with one child and two cats. I go to St James’ Park religiously to watch my beloved Newcastle United team. I could not live without coffee, pizza and most infuriatingly, my mobile phone. 


Summarise your role at JUMP

My main role at JUMP is a web developer working on all types of projects from creating engaging email templates to building large websites. I am also the go-to-guy for SEO, Google Analytics and Tag Manager. Alongside this role, I manage a growing number of Digital Marketing clients. We help refresh their social media accounts and work with them to create exciting campaigns using both paid advertising and Google AdWords to drive customers to their site.


What got you into web development?

I actually came from a design background before getting into web development. I studied Transportation Design at Northumbria for four years, but I realised this was not what I wanted to do and studied HTML/CSS instead. Once I joined JUMP, I quickly grew my skills base to include PHP and JavaScript.


Describe the project you have worked on that you are proudest of. What did you do that worked out particularly well?

Certain projects just seem to work and though it is still in progress, Tyneside Cinema is a great example of this. As soon as I saw the design, I knew I wanted to work on it and that this would become a very iconic website for JUMP’s portfolio. The elements just seem to click into place and when the client loves the website as much as we do, you know it is going to be a pleasurable experience. 


What do you hope to achieve at JUMP?

Without stating the obvious, I want JUMP to be bigger and better. I want to work on projects that challenge me and that excite me. I also want to grow the digital marketing side of the business and make us the go-to company for these services alongside our design and development specialisms.


What do you like most about web development/being a web developer?

For me, the most exciting (and sometimes scary) part about being a web developer is that you come into the office every day and work on something interesting, challenging and extremely rewarding. This is by no means a boring job, far from it. Starting a project, you take on board all of the things that worked or did not work on the last. You learn and grow your knowledge base. Things come in and out of fashion. It is always interesting, and yes, it can be hard, but this is half the fun.


Finally, what advice would you give to any junior developers starting out?

The best advice I can give someone is practice, practice, practice. Things will fail. You will get annoyed, but you will learn from it. The next time you come to that same problem, you will smash it. Get the basics right and remember that this industry never stops and you have to keep up with the trends. Follow influential people in the field, read articles and go to talks/events. Do not feel that you know everything and don’t be afraid to ask questions.


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