Meet the Team: Mike Allen, Senior Front End Developer

We spoke to Mike and found out more about him, like what he does in his pastimes, which he'll be doing a lot more of in the coming weeks it seems! 

What's your job title?

Senior Front End Developer.

What's your career to date been like? In a few lines.

I have been building websites and apps basically forever. I did a short (8 year) stint in retail as well. I still have the scars.  

What do you most want to know the answer to?

Why do we still not have any decent giant robots? As a child of the 80’s we were promised so much. Mechwarrior, Evangelion, Gundam, Transformers.  

Where do you feel most present? 

Doing some sort of physical exercise. Yoga, Calisthenics, Martial Arts.  

What’s your most treasured object? 

A postcard.

What inspires a sense of adventure within you? 

I really love movie action scenes. If I’m having a bad day I’ll load up some old action movie fight scenes and after a few minutes I’m ready for whatever the day can chuck at me. Some days may feel like that scene from Oldboy, but still.

Won any awards or industry accolades?

I’m not in this for the glory… Just kidding, I was once featured on the side of Lothian Buses for Edinburgh College. My friends at the time really enjoyed pointing me out whenever and using that now famous line from The Inbetweeners.

Where did you gain a passion for your career? 

Someone showed me how to add blue fire to a button on a website when you hovered over it. Doesn’t sound like much today, but back then it was like 50 lines of code and it looked totally badass.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

If you could do any job in the world what would it be?  

I want to be one of those wise monks sitting on a mountain top who is the only one that can teach you the special technique. Like Kiss of the Dragon, Take Off Shoes in a Drunken Manner or Monkey Steals the Peach.  

What was the last book you read or film you saw that changed the way you view the world? 

Man Uncivilized by Traver Boehm.

What advertising campaign or advert from your childhood still sticks in your mind?  

I can’t have toast in the morning without singing OoooOOoooOoo Vitalite, that’s right”