Inside Orbit with Joe Hanson
Welcome to the 5th installment of our weekly series “Inside Orbit.” This week, I’d like to introduce you to Joe Hanson, our Support Web Developer. He’s part of our amazing Support Team that handles all of our smaller client requests.
Joe is also a Lindy Hop connoisseur of sorts. If you’re like me, you kind of know about Lindy Hop but you’ve never met anyone that does it. It’s fascinating! And, I’m assuming, requires extreme coordination which I have almost none. So kudos to you, Joe!
Where are you from?
I’m mostly from Anaheim California, but Logan Square in Chicago is the place I call home.
What made you decide to become a Developer?
I never decided to become a developer. It was just something I learned I have talent for and enjoy, so I stuck with web development since I first started doing it 1994.
What brought you to Orbit?
Luck. I was looking for a job when they finally had an opening. They caught my eye because of their similar taste in web design and since they dominate the Google search results page when looking for anything related to websites in Chicago.
Tell me about a favorite project you worked on and why?
I don’t really work on projects since I’m on the Support Team, but I do love anything that allows me to write clean code and new features from scratch.
Can you share at least one tool or trick that makes your life easier as a Developer?
Not relying on any third party tool or pre written frameworks. Being a developer is so much easier and more natural if you familiarize yourself with coding enough to develop your own creations.
What is your favorite CMS and why?
For a mainstream CMS WordPress is by far the best because it gives developers the freedom to develop and code and most importantly has a straightforward user interface that doesn’t require any learning curve for the average person to use.
I do however enjoy working with MightySite the most because it truly gives us developers the flexibility to build whatever the client needs.
What industry blogs or sites do you read religiously?
I regularly check in on various design award sites such as thebestdesigns.com to keep current on the latest web trends.
Who’s your hero? Why?
Whoever invented public transport because it is convenient.
What motivates or inspires you?
Having things to do. I always have my plate stacked with side projects and hobbies ranging from personal websites to teaching dance classes.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I don’t know, I’m a pretty open book.
How many cups of coffee do you consume in a day?
Two.. but not in one day. I’ve had two cups in my life, both last year, and they were more like two sips from two cups.
What’s your favorite nickname and how did you get it?
Most people who know me around the world know me as “Ska Joe” because of a community based website I built in 1998 for the local ska scene in Orange County, which became an international website after our all day concert in Vegas during 2003.
If you could see any band (past or present) who would it be?
I’d love to see Slow Gherkin again. Had so many good times at their shows back in the days.
What beer do you currently have in your fridge at home?
I don’t refrigerate my beer because my beer at home is actually whiskey.
What do you like to geek out on?
Geek culture in general. I love going to pop culture conventions, cosplaying, and making new friends.
You can’t find Joe on Twitter because he’s never liked it, but you can say hi to him in the comments below. Or, if you want to take some Lindy Hop classes, Joe teaches two classes every Wednesday!