Each month, we spotlight one of our amazing team members who work hard to bring you great results. Today, we interviewed David Barrentine from our development team. Let's get started!
1. What’s your role at Mediacurrent, both internally and client-related?
2. Give us an idea of what professional path brought you here.
Long story short, pure accidental interest discovery.
Short story long, I was a graphic design student that had to take an intro to web design course and found that it immediately clicked with me. Things that click fast end up taking my focus and over the next year I went from “What is basic HTML?” to “What is this parallax scrolling thing and how does it work?” At the time there were only 3 classes in the Graphic Design program that focused on website development so I decided I was going to pursue my interest in a freelance capacity. Once I had a few things in my portfolio, I went to a local shop and applied for a job. After a time, I joined a local startup developing Drupal sites and Drupal calendar software. After 3 years of startup life, I was ready to move to something a bit more stable, and I reached out to MC where I’ve now been for over 2 years.
3. How did you first get involved with Drupal?
My first official job had a Drupal site I helped to maintain, but I didn’t fully get involved until I took a position at a local startup that was Drupal-centric. That’s where the deep dive happened.
4. Is there a go-to Drupal module that you like to incorporate whenever possible?
Less of a module and more a part of the devel tools, but Kint is super helpful for me when working in Twig templates.
5. Do you have any recommended reading or books that you would suggest to others?
I’m a sucker for good fantasy. This is less of a single book and more of a series, but the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. I read the earlier books back in high school so they hold a special place in my heart. I’d say start with the Sword of Shannara and go from there.
6. Any mobile apps that you use regularly?
My most used mobile app is Youtube, currently being used to look up Hollow Knight secrets and Pokemon Go.
7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
It’s the DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS, Y’ALL! I have a plethora of different interests outside of coding, and DnD helps to facilitate those different interests. I like writing, illustration, graphic design, layout, world building, and game design. I can use all of these when preparing for a game or publishing content. In my spare time last year, I wrote a DnD adventure that spans the full range of levels (1-20). It is the result of the crazy amount of prepping I do for my own games, but now I can say I have a 230-ish page book that I wrote.
8. What do you like about Mediacurrent?
I like that I can grow and develop professional skills. I liked the fast paced world of my previous job initially. It was fun, but over time I found that I wasn’t growing because there was always more and more work needed. While billable is still a priority here, it has always been important that employees are given the opportunity to pursue interests that can help them grow in their fields. That’s important to me and why I like working here.