Hi Jason, please introduce yourself.
Most people call me Mayo and I’m Co-Founder and Developer at Shape. A keen cyclist, loves beats (especially on vinyl) and has a shameful obsession with millionaire shortbread.
Has your job role at Shape changed over the years?
When Shape first started and the team was smaller, we all had to juggle multiple roles. I studied Graphic Design so naturally my role was Designer / Developer. Over the years I broke away from my design role (even though I still do a few design projects) and took the lead on the developers we employed.
You teach Web Development at Salford University, tell us more…
A few years after graduating, I got asked to help out on the web module at Salford University. It was a good challenge yet nerve racking because I had never taught in front of a large group of people before. The students are on a graphic design course, so teaching coding is quite difficult but its great trying to help them solve problems with their websites whether this is usability or code. As well as seeing them build websites from scratch, when most of them believe they can’t.
What’s the best thing about Shape?
We’re Northern & the studio is relaxed but productive. Our clients compliment how approachable we are when they started their projects, or if they need to update parts of their project.