Posts Tagged ‘Internship’

31
May
2013

Designers, learn how to code (at Steer)

by Michel Erler

First things first: my name is Michel, I recently moved to London from the maritime city of Bremen, Germany, and I joined Red Badger as a design intern a couple of weeks ago. I study Interaction & Moving Image at the London College of Communication and came here to get my teeth stuck into the wonderful world of technology.

As a young designer it feels kind of weird being so familiar with the internet and at the same time don’t know much about the way sites actually work. Every member of the web generation should know a bit about the (virtual) places they spend their time at. I knew I wanted to get a handle on coding, but needed a foundation to build on. Recently I came across a company called Steer claiming to teach anyone how to code and build websites. After a few  emails I decided to attend their intense front end web development course: Five days of key bashing leading to a kick-start in coding.

Steer

Rik explaining some JavaScript

HTML & CSS 

So I arrived on Monday at their studio in Clerkenwell and was welcomed by a very friendly team with a tasty breakfast. Our course teacher Rik worked in web development for over 8 years and he was able to translate these hieroglyphics for us beginners into something that makes actually sense. We started with the very basics of HTML and that wasn’t as complicated as I thought. The very first site we built reminded me of the web how it used to be when I was six years old (e.g. Space Jam). We soon went on to more CSS and at the end of the day we had a simple, yet good looking site.

On the second day we learned about grids and forms, so we were able to build a decent site that could go straight on the net. Adding further CSS knowledge on day three I was quite surprised how easily you could create impressive 3D animations and cutting-edge layouts. 

JavaScript

On the last two days we went into JavaScript, mainly using jQuery. I think that’s quite a big step for a coding virgin. It’s challenging at first, but the result was pretty amazing. We went to another level of website designing, building responsive sites, integrating Twitter feeds and Google Maps or using parallax scrolling (every designer’s favourite right now).  

Conclusion

The course really demystified the world of coding for me. I never thought you can gain such a comprehensive set of skills within five days. Now it is up to me to keep up practicing and learning. Sites like codeacademy.com or teamtreehouse.com definitely make it a lot easier to keep you motivated. But in case you get stuck (which is highly likely to happen at some point) and you can’t figure out the bug yourself, it is good to know that Steer offers bi-weekly coding emergency sessions for all alumni. 

Coding really feels like an essential skill for the modern working world, especially if you have a couple of years ahead in your career. I am now in the position to create prototypes on my own. I probably even know some things a lot of front end developers out there don’t know as Steer teaches you the newest stuff available. All in all I was more than satisfied with the course and I’m thinking of attending the new iOS course in summer.  

There’s nothing to be afraid of. Don’t wait, learn how to code! 

To find out more about the different courses that Steer offers, just go to http://steer.me 

Photo: Steer

9
Dec
2011

Meet Joe – The New Badger Intern

by Joe Stanton

After joining Red Badger a couple of weeks ago, I thought I should share who I am, and some of the things I’ll be working on in the near future. I’m a student at King’s College London studying Computer Science and I applied to join Red Badger a couple of months ago to gain some experience of developing real software in a company which do things the right way. Mugshot

After a friendly email exchange, I was invited to take part in a programming challenge to whittle down the number of applicants, and give the real developers (now my mentors) a feel for my experience. With a background in C#.NET and web development, combined with a passion for cutting edge technology, Red Badger are a natural fit for my current skillset and how I’d like to develop my skills in future.

My first couple of weeks have so far introduced me to how development at Red Badger works; Agile and highly creative with a strong emphasis on User Experience and Design,development starts with writing spec’s to ensure code quality, attention to detail is very important. I have also spent some time getting acquainted with the tools Red Badger use during collaborative development, such as GitHub for source control and TeamCity for Continuous Integration with integrated Unit Testing.

My main project initially will be Birdsong, Red Badger’s fantastic WP7 twitter client. This should please many of the current users, as it will be receiving a lot of care and attention over the coming weeks after a period of neglect! There are a few features in the pipeline, including support for Trending Topics (both local and global), ReadItLater/Instapaper support for tweeted links and large-scale improvements to the push service.

If you are a current user of Birdsong and have a feature request, now would be a great time to submit it to our support site at http://support.red-badger.com. If you aren’t a current user and you own a Windows Phone, what are you waiting for!

I look forward to learning lots and adding real value to the project and any others I may be involved in in the future!

11
Jun
2011

Red Badger launches the internship programme! (Positions filled)

by Cain Ullah

A little about us…

Things are moving on pretty quickly at Red Badger. We’ve just moved into a new swanky office in St. Paul’s, are working on some cool projects for some great clients and still developing Birdsong for Windows Phone 7. We are starting to expand but want to ensure that quality is always our main goal whilst maintaining a vibrant, fun atmosphere.

To help us grow in the way we want to, we are looking for some bright young talent to come and join us on our quest. We work in a very fast moving, agile manner but are highly creative and are very focused on making sure things are done the right way. We do cool things using a User Centric approach with heavy dependency on User Experience and Design. We specialise in bespoke software projects and platforms on the Microsoft technology stack; from HTML5 to using 3D gaming technology in consumer and business applications (3D developers take note) – we cover a wide range of exciting technologies.

A little about you and the opportunity…

You will need to be really motivated and ready to learn lots of great skills that will be invaluable to your future. This time around we are looking for one person with a passion for software development. Future internships won’t necessarily be limited to one person and will cover other disciplines.

The internship will run for about 3 months. During the initial 3 months, all your expenses will be paid and you will get a small salary (but don’t get too excited about that bit). You need to be eager to learn – you’ll be working on real projects and surrounded by some of the best in the industry who will be investing their time in helping you develop.

You’ll be confident and personable – we want to take you along to meet clients so you need to be comfortable in front of big cheese (but we won’t make you wear a shirt and tie).

We’re looking for someone with a pretty good foundation in software engineering predominantly with the .Net framework and C# – if you have experience with ASP.Net, WPF, XNA and/or Silverlight then all for the better. You should also have a good grounding in web technologies; HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Don’t worry if your current skillset looks a bit skinny next to this list, we will help you to develop those that you don’t have and enhance those that you do.

This opportunity is open to all who think they have what it takes – whether that means you’re still at university (but can work part-time), have recently graduated or skipped university altogether but have got the skills anyway. As long as you’re awesome at what you do and show lots of promise (we’re not demanding much are we?!).

At the end of the 3 months, if you cut the mustard, there will be an opportunity for a full-time apprenticeship at Red Badger with the prospect of managing your own teams, running projects and helping our clients develop their ideas.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, email hello@red-badger.com with a bit about yourself and why you want to work with us. If you have a CV then send that too, but don’t write one just for us. If we like what we see, we will arrange to meet up (which may involve a beer) and if you’re the chosen one, you will be working with us on real, challenging projects with some of the best people in the industry.

Good luck!