Meet the Ascedian: Jessica Gleason

jessica gleason interface developer

What makes Ascedia special? Our people! Every week, we'll introduce you to a member of our team so you can get to know us a little better.

NAME AND TITLE

Jessica Gleason – Interface Developer

MY TYPICAL WORKDAY

The first thing I do is make a cup of tea, then I participate in stand-up meetings for my ongoing projects. The rest of my day is mostly about code -- writing it, but also all of the preparation, research, and discussion that surrounds that.

HOW I CHOSE MY CAREER PATH

I started making websites as a hobby in middle school and it wasn’t until I was graduating high school that it even seriously occurred to me that I should do this as a career. I hadn’t quite worked out that what I liked best about making websites was front-end development and that it’s a legitimate career path to specialize in that. Now it seems silly that I ever thought about doing anything else. 

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ASCEDIA

From Ascedia’s portfolio, it seemed to me that this was a place that put a lot of care into individualized solutions for different clients’ needs. I’ve found that to be true and it keeps things interesting for me as a developer. Even better, I get to work on these things alongside a bunch of smart, fun people. 

EDUCATION

A.A.S. in Visual Communication/Computer Graphics from Milwaukee Area Technical College. (They call it Web Design and Front End Development now.)

HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT

Falcon

FIRST JOB

Intern at another agency

BEST PIECE OF CAREER/PROFESSIONAL ADVICE I'VE RECEIVED

“Don't be lazy. You know when you're being lazy about something.” Chris Coyier said this about writing CSS but it applies to all things, doesn’t it?

PERSONAL HERO

I’m uncomfortable calling any one person a personal hero. In general, I admire hard-working creative people whose careers are multi-faceted, like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hank Green, John Green, Sufjan Stevens… The person closest to me who most embodied that was probably my late grandfather. He left behind, among many other things, a lot of artwork he’d created, a binder of autographs from people he met working in the music business, and a park named in his honor (you should visit).

FAVORITE MILWAUKEE HANGOUT

Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum

LAST BOOK READ

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

PERSON I'D MOST LIKE TO MEET (LIVING OR DEAD)

I would say Lin-Manuel Miranda but I already (briefly) met him. Not that I’m bragging or anything. (I’m bragging.) It would be nice to get a chance to have a proper conversation with him, though. I have a lot of things I could say about Hamilton...

FAMILY

I am a mother to some pet hermit crabs. I love them and care for them but they hide in their shells when they see me coming. It’s a rough life. At least I have the support of my parents, sister and grandmother. 

WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME

I love musical theater and seeing my favorite shows reinterpreted by different theaters, whether it’s a high school drama club or Broadway.

SECRET TALENT

I have startled some people with how quickly I can type. I don’t doubt that there might be other Ascedians who could out-type me, though. Time to challenge some people to typing tests...

MOST MEANINGFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT

Every time we successfully launch a big project that I contributed to, it becomes my newest source of pride. Ideally, I always want to feel like I did at least one thing better than I had on the project before it - the tools we have available and industry best practices are always evolving, so I always want to feel like I’m evolving, too.

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