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Interactive Developer Amanda Muir Will Work For Beer

by Jasmine Jacobs

In what can sometimes be considered a male-dominant industry, it’s always cool to meet a kick ass female in the world of Interactive Development. So we were all too excited to get to know recent Creative Circus graduate, Amanda Muir.


What program did you just finish at the Creative Circus?
I just graduated from their Interactive Development program. It’s a two year program that teaches the basics of web development; we learned HTML, CSS JavaScript, and PHP, as well as different frameworks and libraries for those languages.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently freelancing for Partners Marketing Group, tweaking my portfolio, and programming a few side projects with fellow Circus Alums, such as the Canopy website for Kayla Griffin (designer) and Mary Claire Melton (copywriter). Information and site designs for the project can be found on Kayla’s portfolio.

What past projects have you worked on?
A few months ago I had the opportunity to design a site for my favorite musical-turned-movie “Into the Woods.” It’s an interactive experience that links to Facebook and examines the musical’s theme “Be careful what you wish for.” More recently, I created my portfolio with WordPress using custom themes and page layouts.

Name-description of the project and your role
Into the Woods – Developer
Portfolio – Developer and Co-Designer

What are your best technical or creative skills?
Though I was trained in frontend development, my passion is Object Oriented Programming. I love the logic that makes everything work, and I’m at my best when I’m working with JavaScript and PHP. I’m also an excellent baker.

What’s next on your list to learn?
I would like to learn more back-end languages. I’m currently focusing on Python. Site security is also a concern to me; I definitely want to expand my knowledge on that.

Are you interested in startups?
Definitely. I think every environment offers its own learning opportunities, and I’m always open to new possibilities.

What’s your ideal internship/job?
An ideal position would be with an experienced team from whom I can learn. I’d prefer to work behind the scenes. I feel myself leaning more toward the backend than frontend, and I’d like a place where I can explore that possibility and grow my backend programming skills.

Post graduation plans?
My current contract ends in January, then I’ll see where the winds take me. I’ve always wanted to travel and see new places, so I’m open to anything.

Check out her work:
Portfolio of spec work – http://dev-wolf.com/
Resume – http://dev-wolf.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Muir-R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9.pdf

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