“The truth about stories is that’s all we are” – Thomas King
Inspired by Humans of New York, every other Thursday we’ll be introducing you to one of our remarkable team members. While we’re big fans of LinkedIn, our resumes don’t tell our stories. This edition tells the tale of a 20-something working in the rapidly changing tech industry, his digital pet peeves, and a seaside town in England.
Before we sit down for an informal interview in the light-filled boardroom, Andrew Arkwell first prepares himself a cup of tea.
He carefully stirs one spoonful of sugar and a splash of 2% milk into a hot, freshly brewed mug of English breakfast.
This seemingly inconspicuous mid-morning ritual quickly becomes more significant to me when he reveals his British origins.
The natural habitat of a British computer programmer
Andrew, 28, spent his childhood years in Blackpool, England, but has since lost his accent.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Siva’s Director of Development is a daily tea drinker who loves Canada but says he “misses the UK rain.”
To date, Andrew is the only person to ever use the hashtag #britsdochocolateright on Instagram
At the Siva office, Andrew can be found making changes to numerous web applications and mentoring Daniel, a Georgian college co-op student from Brazil.
His digital pet peeves include sites that aren’t mobile friendly, the antiquated use of the Adobe Flash player, and other markers of severely outdated websites.
“Blurry or distorted graphics are very easy to fix, but I still see them all the time – even on websites for prominent brands! It’s pretty common for large companies (who often have to go through tedious, multi-step approvals), for critical digital changes not to happen as quickly as they should.”
Part-time office clown, full-time awesome guy, Andrew is the bee’s knees (AKA an integral part of the Siva Creative team).
Andrew’s work is buzz-worthy. Too far?