Mladen Panić
Front-end Web Developer

Mladen Panić

Skills

Web development; Design and development process; Responsive design; Responsive development; Frameworks

When it comes to turning great designs into solutions that work, Mladen is the guy we trust. He’s a front-end developer, meaning he creates the code that governs how the page or application looks and behaves when we interact with it. He does this perfectly: quickly, and with good grace. Since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, Mladen’s been tinkering with the insides of machines.

Skills: Web development; Design and development process; Responsive design; Responsive development; Frameworks

Not counting our founders you are one of our longest-standing members of the UX Passion family. Why did you join us?

I was a freelancer before joining UX Passion and basically looking for more stable work. You hired me as a freelancer and we did a gig together, after which you offered me the job. You seemed like really nice guys who were making really cool things and I enjoyed working with you earlier, so my decision was a no-brainer.

Reading

Smashing Book; net magazine; Nausea

You get to put ideas, designs and prototypes into real, almost tangible, web and mobile experiences. What’s the part of your work at UX Passion that challenges you the most?

 

It’s definitely working in an ever-shifting environment doing different tasks for different clients using different technologies and methodologies. It’s always learning something new and improving yourself, so you can deliver better results in less time.

You often talk about processes and the need for constant learning and self-improvement. How do you stay in touch with the newest developments?

Personally my favourite channel for news about the development world, articles for learning something new and stuff like that is Twitter. You just have to follow the right people from the community which is vast and growing every day. Naturally that’s not the only source and having a bunch of good RSS subscriptions is a must.

Personally I cannot function if I don't get my regular dose of fresh air, beautiful landscapes and rich animal and plant life. You put it well - it keeps me sane, especially the festivals during the summer which serve as a kind of "reset switch" for the brain.

Listening

Dohm; Already Maged; Loke; Ares Voo; Wo Fat

You love nature and camping. You are also keen on going to music festivals. Tell us bit about that life choice and how does it helps you keep, well, sane?

This is my inner-hippie speaking probably but we humans have distanced ourselves from nature too much. Personally I cannot function if I don’t get my regular dose of fresh air, beautiful landscapes and rich animal and plant life. You put it well – it keeps me sane, especially the festivals during the summer which serve as a kind of “reset switch” for the brain.

While we are discussing music festivals, tell us last three artists you’ve listened to.

 

Off the top of my head, three artists that made a special impact on me during the last festival: Zoolog, Megalopsy and Atriohm.

Bookmarks

twitter.com; reddit.com; alistapart.com; ektoplazm.com

You’ve been part of our hiring team and you get to have a say in who are we going to hire. What would you recommend to others seeking to land a gig at UX Passion?

I would say the same thing to everyone looking for work in our industry, whether they’re looking for work at UX Passion or not: sit down, write some code, read some books, read some quality articles, write some more code and then repeat. Especially the code writing part.

The only way to get good at this job is by working and practising and creating something. Plenty of people seem to be interested in this line of work but don’t realise that it takes real hard work, and lots of it, to become good at it. If you’re not ready to have a really tough time, don’t even start.

You used to ride BMX when you were a kid. Any plans to revive old memories and ride again?

Definitely no! I’m more interested in less dangerous activities now, I’ve had my fair share of fractures and bruises and I don’t want any more…

And our last question is about the future. Where do you see front-end development in the future and where would you like to see yourself at UX Passion?

I don’t know; nobody knows… The whole thing is advancing so quickly, so many new things are being developed, so much new knowledge must be acquired. Again we’re seeing new job roles/titles being developed; it’s all moving so fast, and it’s accelerating. I have no idea how it will look in a few years. It’s already chaotic as is. That being said I have absolutely zero long-term plans regarding my engagement in this line of work. We’ll see what the future holds…

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