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MEET DONAL; DC FANBOY AND WANNABE PRO FOOTBALLER

Donal is the most recent addition to the SugarProjects Team. He has lots of experience in web development and management, especially with large ecommerce and brochure websites. Donal brings valuable skills and knowledge to the collective at SugarProjects.

What is your favourite TV show/film to watch?
The Last of the Mohicans, I must have seen it 50 times. Great soundtrack.

What is your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
Going for a spin on the bike, trying to play the guitar or having a few beers.

Currently binge watching any tv shows?
Just finished ‘The Office’ American version. Very funny.

Guilty pleasure?
I do love a good musical. ‘Rock of Ages’ is a favourite, also seen ‘Les Misérables’ in the West End which was really enjoyable.

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
Bruce Springsteen, Steve Carell, Roy Keane & Geraint Thomas

Favourite food?
It’s a toss up between Lasagne and Sunday Roast.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Themyscira

1. Favourite code framework?
I have used a few through the years depending on the project but some of my preferred frameworks are Laravel, Bootstrap & jQuery.

2. At what point did you realise that you wanted to be a web developer?
To be honest I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school. When a career in professional football didn’t materialise I decided to go into further education and study computer science, from there I went onto college and really liked the web development modules I studied.

MEET DR CATHERINE MCDREAMY; AMATUER PHOTOGRAPHER, POTATO LOVER AND HAMILTON SUPER FAN

Catherine is a SugarProjects Rookie having only joined the company in March 2021. Covid restrictions have curtailed her interaction with fellow colleagues and clients, but Catherine is very much part of the SugarProjects team and adds a fresh perspective on a range of print, web and social media projects.

What is your favourite TV show/film to watch?
I do love a variety of genres from TV Dramas, to Reality shows  and Thrillers. But Grey’s Anatomy would for sure be my favourite show. I’ve watched it that many times that at this rate I am awaiting my medical license haha.

What is your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
I love everything about getting some fresh air and stretching the legs – ideal location near the sea with my camera in hand, there’s never a moment that I don’t capture at least one thing a day, as you can find beauty in anything.

Guilty pleasure?
I do love to watch and listen to musicals – over the past year I was introduced to Hamilton and let’s say the playlist was on repeat for a few days haha.

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
Will Smith, Dermot Kennedy, Hailey Bieber and Lewis Capaldi would be my ultimate choice – as I could be entertained by Dermot’s singing, whilst receiving some fashion advice from Hailey, along with the some funny moments from Will and Lewis, with a side of motivational inspiration from Will.

Any superpower what you would choose?
Ohh now that’s an interesting question – I would say teleportation.

Favourite food?
I must admit I’m stuck between two choices: For my favourite savoury food it would have to be potatoes as they have endless options lol. I must admit I do have a sweet tooth- so if there is chocolate cake on the menu …I am sold. Let’s be real I would be the person who would finish a chocolate cake off like Bruce in Matilda.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Probably Hogwarts, like how class would that be to roam around and discover!

 

1. Favourite Typeface:
My favourite typeface  would be Montserrat as it’s such a classy yet modern sans-serif font to use. However that being said, I also like the combination of handwritten fonts and sans-serif – as it brings an interesting  element to a piece of design work and is also visual pleasing with the contrasting fonts.

2. When did you discover you wanted to be a Graphic Designer?
Through my years of education I have been intrigued by technology and especially throughout my higher national diploma I discovered how much I love designing. This then lead me in studying Interactive Media at Ulster University (Coleraine) as it offered a variety of modules which allowed me to explore my skills and gain more practice.

3. What is your favourite piece of work?
My final major project from Uni would have been one of my favourite projects to work on. My project was based on a proposed solution on investigating ‘how the combination of photography and augmented reality can be used effectively on exploring the representation of mental health.’ My proposed solution was to produce a photography installation with an immersive experience of the use of augmented reality to unlock more layers. It allowed me to realise how augmented reality can be powerful in the meaning and interpretation through not only the media content but through the medium itself. This would have been an immersive experience showcasing a new perspective, which could change behaviours and enhances our understanding of how mental health can be perceived.

 

MEET JASON; GAMER, B MOVIE ENTHUSIAST AND WANNABE FISHERMAN

Jason joined SugarProjects as a Junior Developer early in 2020. He has quickly established himself as a very competent, methodical and controlled coder. Jason lives in the Matrix and is very comfortable with his binary environment. His movie, music and TV choices are questionable, but we don’t judge at SugarProjects!

What is your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
My favourite way to unwind is more programming, art and creating music! It’s a lot of fun to experiment, learn and be creative in your free time. I also like to go fishing in my free time!

Guilty pleasure?
Watching really bad movies: The Room (Tommy Wiseau), Birdemic, Kung Pow; Enter the Fist, Sharknado, …

Favourite food?
Anything with Duck in it!

What is your go-to coding language?
C# is the language I find the most interesting but JavaScript is just so flexible it’s hard not to get carried away!

Favourite code framework?
For a big project, I’d be hard pressed not to refer to Vue or React on the frontend but personally I always enjoyed messing around or prototyping with something like EJS for simplicity!
Express.js is a backend web app framework for Node.js. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with it but always intended to take a deep dive back. Even have some books on it!

What is your favourite piece of work?
I used to work on a lot of personal small video game projects. I made countless prototypes of small ideas. My favourite one was very basic in which the player controlled a small pixel art marble that explored an expansive open world with different biomes of sand, grass, and rock. It was not action packed or anything like that and I feel that is why I liked it so much. It created a peaceful atmosphere and allowed me to be very creative with new features. This included things like, day turning to night, small animals roaming around, lighting systems and particle physics for effects. After a while I started to create a subtle story but never got far in finishing the project! However, I’m always reminded of it when someone asks about my favourite project.

WE ARE HIRING – GRAPHIC DESIGNER & FRONT END DESIGNER

SugarProjects is growing and we want to take you with us!

We are looking to fill two posts with immediate effect. If you are an experienced Front-End Designer or Graphic Designer, we want to hear from you! Both positions are full time (we can offer some flexibility for the right candidate) and based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. We are all working remotely at present, and hope to move from our current location at Killyhevlin Business Centre to new premises in the town centre in late spring / early summer.

Graphic Designer (Jan 2021)

We are looking for an experienced, creative and enthusiastic Graphic Designer to assist in the creation of digital and print media for our new and existing clients.

The ideal candidate will be required to:

  • design print publications including brochures, leaflets, flyers, etc.
  • create digital designs and assets for use on websites and social media platforms
  • liaise with colleagues and clients on multiple projects
  • develop distinctive ideas and executions
  • prioritise tasks and deliver projects on time producing accurate and high-quality work

Essential criteria includes:

  • minimum of 2 experience
  • demonstrate graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • strong branding skills
  • excellent knowledge of Adobe CS, specifically: InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop
  • basic knowledge of Adobe XD to help support Digital Marketing
  • ability to adhere to branding style guidelines
  • great time management
  • attention to detail
  • excellent IT skills
  • excellent verbal and written skills
  • knowledge of WordPress and CMS is desirable

Desirable

  • experience of using Adobe After Effects (or equivalent) to develop simple animated gifs for social media and paid ads campaigns
  • experience using 3D software

Candidates who have been awarded degree (or equivalent) qualifications in design, graphic design, visual communications, etc. are preferred. A full driving licence is also desirable.

To apply for this exciting role, please email your CV, portfolio (max 5 pieces of your best work) and salary expectations to: admin@sugarprojects.com. Only candidates who meet the essential criteria will be considered.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 5 Feb 2021.

Front-End Designer (Jan 2021)

We are looking for an experienced, creative and enthusiastic Front-End Designer to assist in the creation of attractive, responsive and high converting websites.

The ideal candidate will be expected to;

  • design, produce and manage graphic and digital content such as; website assets, landing pages, demo’s, email templates, paid and social assets, case studies, reports etc.
  • help develop site maps and website structures
  • review and improve the usability and accessibility of websites and digital products
  • prepare and present mock-ups and prototypes to internal teams and clients
  • demonstrate and receive feedback about draft sites
  • digital retouch and edit images
  • create projects that are user-friendly, effective and appealing

Essential criteria includes;

  • minimum of 2 years experience
  • creative skills to turn client ideas into viable plans
  • a good appreciation of design, usability and interactivity
  • excellent knowledge of Adobe CS, specifically: XD, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • experienced using UX tools to evaluate and test user journeys
  • ability to work to deadlines
  • attention to detail
  • excellent communication skills
  • good IT skills
  • an understanding of web development skills
  • basic knowledge of CSS and HTML

Desirable

  • experience of using Adobe After Effects (or equivalent) to develop simple animated gifs for social media and paid ads campaigns

Candidates who have been awarded degree (or equivalent) qualifications in web design, computer science, multi-media design, etc. are preferred. A full driving licence is also desirable.

To apply for this exciting role, please email your CV, links to examples of your best work and salary expectations to: admin@sugarprojects.com. Only candidates who meet the essential criteria will be considered.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 5 Feb 2021.

SugarProjects – Business Continuity with COVID-19

I am writing to all SugarProjects clients to notify you about the measures we have taken to ensure continued service during the Coronavirus crisis.

As responsible citizens, our first duty is to support the appropriate government directives on social distancing, to do everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable in our society.

As of Wednesday 18 March, we decided to move all staff from our office to their homes. Fortunately, unlike so many other businesses, we can continue to work as normal. We are all available via email and over the phone and will continue to work to a regular working day as best as possible.

We are very conscious that many of you are adversely impacted by the current situation. If you think that SugarProjects can be of any help at this time please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team – we would be happy to help.

We will continue to post regular updates on our website and social channels, and we encourage you to do the same to keep your customers informed.

Stay safe

Ronan Cassidy
Owner, SugarProjects

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NOW RECRUITING: TRAINEE WEB DEVELOPER

Are you an aspiring Web Developer? Would you like to further your skills and knowledge, and get mentored by experienced developers and designers in a creative design agency? If this sounds like you, apply now for our Trainee Web Developer job!

SugarProjects Graphic & Web Design is a design agency based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Established in 2013, we design and manage print, web and social media projects for SME’s and large companies throughout the UK and Ireland.

As a Trainee Web Developer, you will receive on the job training. The ideal candidate should also demonstrate

  • a passion for web development
  • willingness to learn
  • the ability to identify problems and collaborate to find resolutions
  • good communication skills
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team

Required skills include a basic understanding of

  • the function of a programming language in a modern website or application
  • the processes involved in developing a modern website or application
  • a working knowledge of HTML

Desirable, but not required, skills include working knowledge or experience with

  • any server-side and/or client-side programming language
  • Content Management Systems and their function in a modern website or application

Key duties include

  • working as part of a team to build, test and deploy front-end web applications (HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
  • working as part of a team to build, test and deploy back-end web applications using modern server-side scripting languages and databases
  • maintaining websites and server environments

To apply for this exciting new role, please email a recent CV (including relevant experience to-date and live links to examples of your work ) along with a short cover letter explaining why you are the perfect fit for this position, to: admin@sugarprojects.com

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th February 2020 (5pm)

SugarProjects Coffee Morning – Supporting Friends of the Cancer Centre

This year, we are proudly supporting Friends of the Cancer Centre with a number of local activities and events at SugarProjects. The first of these events is a coffee morning in the Killyhevlin Industrial Estate on Friday 4th October 2019, from 10am-12pm. All donations received will go towards Ciara’s sky dive fundraiser for Friends of the Cancer Centre who gave amazing support and guidance to her and her family when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  If you live, work or happen to be passing through Enniskillen on Friday 4th Oct, and you would like to support Ciara, please drop in and donate to this essential resource.

“To mark my five years in remission from Hodgkins Lymphoma, I have decided to do a sky dive in order to raise money for the charity that helped me and my family so much during a dark time. Friends of the Cancer Centre offered us support and guidance when I was diagnosed and helped us throughout the course of my treatment. As a young person battling cancer, they went above and beyond to make sure I felt comforted and supported. Five years on, I am so happy to be raising money for this amazing charity and raising awareness for Hodgkins Lymphoma.”

To donate, visit Ciara’s fundraising page below;
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ciaramcdonald-skydive

 

MEET JENNY, MULTITASKING QUEEN, MUSICAL LOVER AND ADRENALINE JUNKIE

Jenny has worked in the design industry for nearly 15 years. She joined SugarProjects in 2015 as Senior Web Designer / Developer. Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2007, Jenny has worked on large websites for leading manufacturing, hospitality and insurance companies. Specialising in HTML5, CSS3, PHP and WordPress, Jenny is a very experienced developer and natural designer.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love Musicals…on stage and on the small screen. I can’t wait for the stage production of “The Greatest Showman”.

What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
I love everything GAA so I find the best way to destress is to go to football training with my local team in Kinawley and think of nothing else for an hour…even better if its pouring rain…so refreshing.

Favourite place you’ve visited?
Definitely Orlando Florida,  me and my husband stayed there for a few days of our honeymoon but I’d love to go back for longer…you hear that Sean!! 😊 I’m a big child at heart and a bit of an adrenaline junkie so I love the theme park rides, the shows and just the experience of it all.

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I can hula hoop and rollerblade at the same time…multitasking at its finest!

Favourite TV show/film to watch?
Admittedly I watch quite a few Reality shows but my favourite shows are anything History or Politics related or True life dramas. My favourite film is Schindler’s List.

1. At what point did you realise that you wanted to be a web designer?
I’ve always known that I wanted to work with computers but was never sure what field. In the past I’ve tried my hand as a Graphic Designer and a Front-end Web Developer but my heart definitely lies with UI and Web Design. It gives me more flexibility and freedom in terms of being creative and I love how it is constantly evolving.

2. What is your favourite font?
I’m not sure I have one favourite font but I love using contrasting fonts which complement each other such as combining serif and sans-serif fonts. Vollkorn and Roboto are a good combination.

MEET RONAN, SECRET JUGGLER, ADVENTUROUS FOODIE AND MONTY PYTHON FAN

Ronan has worked in the Creative and Marketing Industry for nearly 2o years and established SugarProjects; a small, multi-discipline design agency, in 2013. His career started as inhouse graphic designer, to mid-weight designer in a large advertising agency, senior designer in engineering, construction, hospitality and insurance sectors and eventually creative director and owner of SugarProjects. With a broad range of design experience in agency, public sector and private sector, Ronan brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to SugarProjects.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Listening to retro dance classics – ‘Encore Une Fois’ anyone?!

Favourite TV show/film to watch growing up as a child?
My brother and I used to watch Monty Python every Saturday if it was raining!

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I am an ace juggler

What’s your favourite Pantone swatch?
I love Pantone Metallics but rarely get to use them

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Button moon

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Squid Ink

What is your greatest achievement?
Working in a job I love (most of the time!)

1. What made you want to work in the creative industry?
I have always been interested in Art and Design but only average at drawing, painting, ceramics, etc. I would always come up with creative ideas, concepts and inventions but found it difficult to implement them – the creative industry and the progression of software has helped me to realise my imagination.

2. When did you know you wanted to be a graphic designer?
I remember publishing my first daily newspaper as a 7-8yr old kid with paper, pencils, crayons and stickers. The circulation wasn’t great (my mother and younger sisters) but I loved the idea of design and was very particular that is was styled correctly. There was no computers, tablets, mobile phones or social media when I was growing up, so a daily paper was the only tangible way of receiving up-to-date communication.

3. Favourite piece of work to date?
Every job provides a certain amount of satisfaction, but I particularly enjoyed brand development for Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP), website design for Quinn Building Projects (first major website project), social media campaign for Tour of Fermanagh and recent Broker publications for Liberty Insurance.

MEET DANIEL, CODE ENTHUSIAST, RING BEARER AND PASSIONATE FOODIE!

Meet Daniel, our senior web developer. He started working with SugarProjects in 2016 and has instantly established himself as a key member of the team. A self-taught coder with over 10 years of industry experience, Daniel can work with practically any code language or framework put his way; although he does prefer: JavaScript, C#, PHP, ASP.NET MVC, Vue.JS, Nuxt.JS, Laravel and SQL.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating, very little brings a smile to my face like the prospect of enjoying a good meal.

What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
Running. A few hours pounding the pavement after a busy day/week in the office clears the head like nothing else.

Favourite food?
There is very little I don’t like but Chilli Con Carne is definitely one of my favourites.

Favourite TV show/film to watch growing up as a child?
Lord of the Rings animation (1978 by Ralph Baksi) and Thundercats. Hardly a day went past without watching either one of these.

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
J R R Tolkien’s Middle earth, more specifically Rivendell.

1. At what point did you realise that you wanted to be a web developer?
I went through school without knowing what I wanted to do, as I’m sure most of us did. From a fairly young age all I knew is that I wished to work with computers. While studying a creative media course in the local college one of the modules touched very briefly on the subject of web design & development. This exposure, albeit very brief, left me with an appetite to learn more in this field. Late nights burning the midnight oil, consuming as much information about web development as possible, enabled me to enjoy over a decade in an industry that I am passionate about.

2. Favourite coding language?
For years I was loud and proud lover of C# for its power, ease of testing & clean and structured code. However, in recent years I have begun to really enjoy my time working in JavaScript and loving its versatility and reactivity.

3. Favourite code framework?
Vue.JS. It adds the level of code structure and testing to JavaScript that I enjoyed so much in C#.

 

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