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Brad Douglas

Web Developer

Brad Douglas
Web Developer

BELLEVUE, NE

When we lived in California, “little Brad” thought he was going to be a skateboarder. Then “little Brad” moved to Oklahoma, and he was going to be a baseball player. Once, “little Brad” was a cook at Burger King, which oddly enough, wasn’t the worst job he ever held.
 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – OMAHA

I chose to major in entrepreneurial management because it emphasized owning your own business. Which, I thought, “Well, that’s probably something I should know how to do, just in case.”

It also sounded better than business administration.

That “just in case” thought paid off quickly. People were making crazy custom shoes in college, and I thought it was neat. So, I did some research and started my own little custom shoe business. I was lucky enough to be featured in HYPEBEAST and was even invited to a competition. It was fun, but at the same time I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do.

Really, I’ve just always enjoyed trying new things. Once I figure something out, I’m on to the next.

REIFY DESIGN COMPANY – OWNER

Shortly after college, I joined USSTRATCOM as a data analyst and started dipping my toe into development. During that same time, I started building my own furniture – mostly because I couldn’t afford the kind I liked. It didn’t take long before I went all in and opened my own business: Reify Design Company.

Mini soapbox: “function before form” cannot be. Form has to be a part of function, otherwise you’re doing it wrong.

I loved – still love – making furniture, but ultimately the business wasn’t practical. We were working with wood, concrete and steel, making massive pieces and putting in crazy hours – think 24-hour days. At the stage of life my wife and I were in, I had to make a change. And ultimately, this business gave me the push to jump in on development.
 

USSTRATCOM – WEB DEVELOPER

Hired as a full-time front-end developer and UI, UX designer this time, I went back to USSTRATCOM. Thanks to tutorials and the general open-source nature of developers, I taught myself what I needed to know.

Curiosity and appreciation for craft is really what drives me. Most recently, I’ve grown to appreciate the craft of coffee making – shout out to Archetype. Now, my process is down to a science: 15 grams of hand-ground beans, 100 milligrams of heated water, five stirs, add another 140 milligrams of heated water, wet the filter, ten stirs clockwise, press for thirty seconds.

Naturals are, by far, the best. They’re beans that haven’t been washed, so the pulp adds crazy flavor.

BOZELL – SENIOR WEB DEVELOPER

In all of my endeavors, I always had to think about the interaction between the user and whatever it was I was creating. That lesson is especially true for development and design, and I think it will serve me and the Bozell team well.
 

Words to live by: Just be yourself.

Brad's story

BELLEVUE, NE

When we lived in California, “little Brad” thought he was going to be a skateboarder. Then “little Brad” moved to Oklahoma, and he was going to be a baseball player. Once, “little Brad” was a cook at Burger King, which oddly enough, wasn’t the worst job he ever held.
 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – OMAHA

I chose to major in entrepreneurial management because it emphasized owning your own business. Which, I thought, “Well, that’s probably something I should know how to do, just in case.”

It also sounded better than business administration.

That “just in case” thought paid off quickly. People were making crazy custom shoes in college, and I thought it was neat. So, I did some research and started my own little custom shoe business. I was lucky enough to be featured in HYPEBEAST and was even invited to a competition. It was fun, but at the same time I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do.

Really, I’ve just always enjoyed trying new things. Once I figure something out, I’m on to the next.

REIFY DESIGN COMPANY – OWNER

Shortly after college, I joined USSTRATCOM as a data analyst and started dipping my toe into development. During that same time, I started building my own furniture – mostly because I couldn’t afford the kind I liked. It didn’t take long before I went all in and opened my own business: Reify Design Company.

Mini soapbox: “function before form” cannot be. Form has to be a part of function, otherwise you’re doing it wrong.

I loved – still love – making furniture, but ultimately the business wasn’t practical. We were working with wood, concrete and steel, making massive pieces and putting in crazy hours – think 24-hour days. At the stage of life my wife and I were in, I had to make a change. And ultimately, this business gave me the push to jump in on development.
 

USSTRATCOM – WEB DEVELOPER

Hired as a full-time front-end developer and UI, UX designer this time, I went back to USSTRATCOM. Thanks to tutorials and the general open-source nature of developers, I taught myself what I needed to know.

Curiosity and appreciation for craft is really what drives me. Most recently, I’ve grown to appreciate the craft of coffee making – shout out to Archetype. Now, my process is down to a science: 15 grams of hand-ground beans, 100 milligrams of heated water, five stirs, add another 140 milligrams of heated water, wet the filter, ten stirs clockwise, press for thirty seconds.

Naturals are, by far, the best. They’re beans that haven’t been washed, so the pulp adds crazy flavor.

BOZELL – SENIOR WEB DEVELOPER

In all of my endeavors, I always had to think about the interaction between the user and whatever it was I was creating. That lesson is especially true for development and design, and I think it will serve me and the Bozell team well.
 

Words to live by: Just be yourself.

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years in industry

6 years

years at bozell

1 year

client experience

  • Omaha Street Car
  • Bozell
  • First National Bank

Brad's Hometown

Vacaville, CA

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