Get to know the newest intern to join the BatesMeron team, Dan Wu! Dan is joining us as our web development intern, helping to bring our designs to life for clients with her amazing programming skills.
I interviewed Dan as part of our 6 Questions feature: a series of one-on-one interviews with people we work with who make us proud. Sometimes I like to turn the tables and put our own staffers in the hot seat so you not only get to meet them, but also see just how special our team really is.
1) On your first day, we gave you some goodies, including a deck of our very own card game, Spill the Bees. In the spirit of the game: what was the last concert you attended?
I think it was a long time ago, I went to my favorite singer BIBI ZHOU’s concert. I was so excited and touched at that time. I like her not because of her singing but her traits. She is nice, brave and simple. She follows her initial dream no matter what happens and she keeps the purest smile. For me, she is like Polaris: be myself, never be lost.
2) What led you to pursue a career in web development?
I used to work as a web designer, and I sometimes got frustrated when I saw the final live websites. In my case, the developers focused on the functionality more than design, thinking that as long as the website works well, it is done. They did not take design seriously, therefore my design was broken down. From that time on, I wanted to be a developer. I want to bring my design to life, not only on paper.
3) If you weren’t interested in web development (but we’re so glad you are!), what career would you choose?
If it is possible, I want to be a fashion designer (it is my dream). I like everything about fashion, but somehow I got here (a developer) which is miles away from fashion. The good thing is that I am also working as a User Experience Designer, and now I am at BatesMeron where I can closely work with awesome creative designers.
4) What made you want to work at BatesMeron?
First of all, the creative environment, where employees have more freedom with the work. I believe great work needs to be done with creativity. Second, I can learn a lot from here: from design, development and even business. Lastly, the adorable dogs. I love dogs but I have not had a chance to own one.
BONUS: What are you most excited for in your internship with BatesMeron?
To see the designs from different designers, to know about different opinions from different perspectives.
5) Do you have any favorite websites that you turn to for inspiration?
Yes, this site has many amazing websites. I also like trying to figure out how they were developed.
6) How about your favorite brands? Since we are a branding agency, are there any brands that you think are killing it right now?
This question made me excited and upset. My favorite brand is Celine (during Phoebe Philo’s time). I personally prefer the minimized design: clean, simple, classic, sustainable. I believe this style can go a long way. I think the old Celine (Phoebe Philo’s designs) showed this concept best. However, Hedi Slimane took over Phoebe’s position, and his design style is more exaggerated and close to punk, which is totally different from Celine, I think. I am looking forward to seeing more of his work there, but maybe my favorite brand is not Celine, it is Phoebe Philo.