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Q&A with Tim Holman

Web developer from New York

I'm a (creative?) web developer, who likes to use my powers creating both beautiful, and strange experiences online. Tending to range from the completely useless to the somewhat useful.

How did you get started in web development, what is your background?

I studied video games development at uni, after a few years, I hadn't really felt all too prepared to enter the industry, and found solace in web development... I could make things quickly, and get some instant gratification by making nice small generative arty sites. I ended up getting pretty passionate from that point, and really stuck with it.

Where did you learn coding? Looking back, could you recommend your path for beginners?

Almost all of my web development skills are self taught... I definitely took strange path to get where I am at the moment. I started with an interest in art, and made small generative experiments [Bezier Curve Simulation, Generative Boids] and then slowly grew from there. After a few years, I was making teaming up with some great designers, and making some really cool stuff! [aquatilis.tvPalettab]

What are the books and weblogs helped you to improve your professional skills?

I always googled around a lot, when trying to solve problems... but in the end, the single most useful thing I did, was to inspect code that other people have written, to figure out how they did it. It turns out that reverse engineering things was a great way to learn!

What web development technologies and tools do you use for your work?

I really don't have any special tricks, at all. I use sublime text for development, with very little tech stack. Plain ole JS and CSS. I use todoist to keep all my ideas and work in check, which helps me think less about organization, and more focused on making!

Who are the developers, colleagues in your city/country or outside you admire most?

I had the good fortune of working with a couple of great developers very early in my career. Hakim El Hattab and Justin Windle taught me a lot! And were hugely helpful and encouraging. Their work was also a huge inspiration of mine as well, which made it doubly special for me, to be able to work with them.