Back in late 2006, I was doing my Master’s degree in electrical engineering in Waterloo, Ontario. It was a hot summer, and being a broke student, I was scouring craigslist for a used portable air conditioner on the cheap. Several times a day I would check the 5 or so craigslist cities within driving distance. I quickly grew impatient with this, likely because it was about 90 degrees in my apartment. 🙂 (32 for the other Canadians here.)
Now, the nice thing about a Master’s degree is that there’s only one deadline that really matters, and it’s not generally any time soon. So I decided to take a bit of time and come up with a solution to my craigslist problem. Not knowing a thing about web design, I got a few books out of the library, and after some hard work, I came up with…. this!
Sweet, huh? 😉
Fortunately I eventually learned a few things, and more importantly got some help from a few fantastic developers who will introduce themselves below. We made a few improvements over the years, so today it’s a bit more presentable!
So, these days I do this stuff full time. This blog will mostly just have sporadic announcements regarding the sites themselves – new features, plans, decisions, etc., – but if you’re interested, we’ll also try to give you a bit of a behind the scenes perspective.
I’m design and marketing lead for SearchTempest and AutoTempest. My first job in web was building sales sites for all natural male enhancement products. Somehow, despite that, I found out that I’m really into this web stuff. I love learning from people about their lives and how they use our sites, and strategizing to make products that make their lives better. Along with designing, I write for Mashable.com, work at a queer and trans youth drop in, do activism work, listen to hip hop, and over analyze sci-fi.
Call me Craige.
I’m a back end web-developer who started programming early in my teen years on small pet projects. Since then I’ve grown to work on projects of varying sizes and dynamics with great folks from around the globe.
Here at SearchTempest I’m responsible for a lot of the behind-the-scenes work – making sure that everything works as expected, and assuring we get the best search results possible for you.
During a degree in Kinesiology, in between studying exercise physiology, psychology and standing on the side of rugby pitches in the rain waiting to stuff a tampon up the next bloody nose, I was fortunate enough to find something I really enjoyed doing – designing for the web. I love working with the rest of the Tempest Team to make the interfaces of our sites intuitive and enjoyable to use. Outside of my time here, I enjoy involvement within my church, riding bicycles quickly (road cycling is my current favourite), running some of the beautiful trails of Vancouver Island and time spent with family.
I help maintain the Tempest sites (Mostly SearchTempest), from the back end to the front. My favourite part of web development is taking data and turning it into something people can understand and interact with as easily as possible, and Tempest’s a great place to hone that skill from all angles. Though I started out as a graphic designer long ago, these days I’m almost always programming. Outside of work I’m an avid runner, climber, weight lifter, wood worker, and dad.