Behind the Scenes at Screenmedia Posted by: Kenny S on 06/05/2013

Digital Product Consultancy Glasgow

Meet the new members of the team, and get an insight into how our practice stays up-to-date through Yammer and our Friday Forums.

Friday Forum

Every second Friday the Screenmedia team gets together to hold a Forum, which serves as a chance for us all to sit down and share and discuss progress with our current projects, our ideas for those projects and the practice, and interesting future technologies. As each team member specialises in a specific area of expertise, the development team might, for example, talk about what's new with Umbraco or the design team might talk about typography. It's beneficial for the team to learn more about other areas in the practice because that enables mutual input on a solution from all disciplines.  It also creates a diverse knowledge set for each individual - every member of the team comes away with a holistic understanding of the work we do. Internally we use the social network Yammer to share knowledge, and we decided to take it to the next level and let everyone vocalise and share those ideas in a more open platform as well as online.

We kick off each Forum with general news discussion: what's new in the practice, team activities we're planning, new and ongoing projects and potential projects for the future. We then move to the main topic of the Forum, which is chosen by a member of the team. The whole team is able to discuss this topic and voice any questions or ideas that may come up. After this we look at our Yammer page and go through the most interesting posts people have made over the fortnight. We usually close the forum with an activity - something fun and hands- on to take the Forum from the discussion of a topic to the practical side of it.

Our next forum is being led by Brian, our Head Designer, and it's closely related to current projects; we just finished the NHS Education Scotland animations and his talk is going to be on motion graphics. We're all excited to learn more about the process behind creating the animations.

It's important that when Screenmedia collaborates with a client we can provide the most appropriate and up-to- date knowledge and examples of best practice at any given point. Our practice thrives in a culture of transparency and collaboration, which is reflected in the way we work with our clients.

Meet the New Team

2013 kicked off with a bang here in the studio: the Screenmedia team had a growth spurt, and we were really pleased to welcome some more experts to the team. The latest team members include our new Account and Project Manager Alan and Greg who is our Development Director. Since starting with Screenmedia in the beginning months of 2013, both have had the opportunity to get their teeth in to some really exciting projects with some really great clients such as SNH, NHS Education Scotland, Matthew Algie and many more!

But projects aside (we've seen how talented they are), what is that makes them tick? We put them through the wringer with some up close and personal questions...

Alan Matthews - Account and Project Manager

About Me
I'm a Project & Account Manager at Screenmedia and I enjoy the variety and challenges that this role brings. Working across multiple projects at any given time provides the opportunity to work with lots of different people every day, which to me is a particular highlight of my role (in addition to working with such a great team of course!).

Outside of work I enjoy playing hockey and squash, I'm a big fan of music - listening, playing and going to gigs - and have a real passion for travel and reading.

Odd job...
Potato roguing - a real strange one! If you're intrigued, there's a good article on BBC news (believe it or not!) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18303123. Extremely tough work, but great fun and an ideal summer job as a student. I did this whilst studying at Glasgow Uni for 5 summers in a row and it paid for lots of great trips around the world. The glamorous qualification I had to gain from the SAC in order to do this - Certificate in the identification of Potato varieties and diseases - obviously takes pride of place on my CV...

On the Nightstand...
A pile of books, a pint of water and my mobile with multiple alarms set for the morning.

On the Bookshelf...
Paulo Coelho, Michael Crichton, Harlan Coben...sometimes even a bit of Dean Koontz, but please don't ever mention this.

Guilty Pleasure...
I can't seem to kick the habit of watching Hollyoaks, more of a shameful pleasure really.

Most Embarrassing iTunes Purchase...
Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe - I must stress this was DEFINITELY bought for my wife, I've never even heard it...

Greatest Fear...
Losing what little hair I have left.

Believe it or not...
I used to have a pair of magic flip flops, but it's a really long story.

Greg Fyans - Development Director

About Me
I'm an ASP.NET web developer from Dundee. I've been building websites for 15 years now. I come from a time when the in-thing was the blink tag and it was usual for your website to consist of nothing more than hundreds of animated gifs of construction workers standing in front of an "under construction" sign.

I moved to Glasgow when I was 20 and it's become my home. I did give London a shot in 2012 but it didn't do it for me, so when Screenmedia called I jumped at the chance to move back.

I enjoy listening to the soothing sounds of heavy metal, walking up hills, going on snowboarding holidays, slaving over a hot stove and sci-fi movies.

I don't like Phil Collins, Glee, lazing around the beach, Phil Collins, movies that give women unrealistic expectations of men, Tottenham Hotspur and Phil Collins.

Odd job...
I once volunteered as a steward for T in the Park thinking it would get me free tickets to the festival. It didn't. In fact, not only did I not get free tickets but they decided they didn't need me or the rest of the group I was with.  Luckily, they did allow us to stay at the campsite for free and after harassing a poor guy at the gate relentlessly he did eventually let me in for a day. The moral? Persistence is key.

On the Nightstand...
My phone. Nothing else is required.

On the Bookshelf...
I use my Kindle for novels, so my bookshelf is full of programming books.

Guilty Pleasure...
I haven't done this for a while, but if I'm walking down the street and someone tries to overtake me, I speed up a little which forces them to speed up, so I speed up even more and so they speed up and so on. Eventually I let them pass, but it's fun for a few seconds.

Most Embarrassing iTunes Purchase...
Yazoo - Don't go. It's a brilliant song.

Greatest Fear...
This sounds crazy, but when I was looking into flat sharing with a stranger a while back, I couldn't get over the fear that I might wake in the middle of the night to find him/her standing over me holding a kettle of boiling water.

Believe it or not...
I really don't like Phil Collins.


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