Tyler takes design very seriously, and if you’ve known him long that wouldn’t surprise you at all. “I was kind of a buttoned up kid,” he laughs. “I tend to be a little intense when it comes to design. It stems from a legitimate love of what I do and a passion for detail.”
Design and code have been a part of Tyler’s life as long as he can remember, even if he didn’t know it yet. That focus has been present since he was a young kid, when he used to make websites in Dreamweaver that organized tables of statistics for the Los Angeles Lakers. “The only things I’m just as obsessed with as design are basketball and the Lakers,” he says. “I couldn’t get enough. I used to pore over and memorize the players’ statistics and design tables that were clean and easy to read. My first taste of data viz.”
But this obsessive hobby didn’t become a potential career until college, where Tyler took a class in Visual Communication Design. “I always thought you had to be really good at drawing to be a designer. That’s not always the case. Design is more than making pretty stuff. It’s figuring out how to communicate effectively.” He got his first taste of HTML and CSS soon after, when his dad bought him a book on front-end development. “That was technically my first taste of design and code coming together,” he says. “I thought, you can do this for a career? I’m in.”
Working at Brunch has given Tyler the opportunity to continue working in both realms of design and development. “I love being able to work at the intersection of design and code. The structure of Brunch’s smaller, more nimble team ensures that I don’t always have to choose one or the other,” he observes. “Design production is definitely my passion, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit down with a website that’s already been designed and turn it into something tangible and real.”
It’s this type of flexible work environment and camaraderie that Tyler enjoys most about Brunch. “Legitimately liking where you work, and who you work with, leads to much closer collaboration and better design. It’s not every day that you get to work in an environment where both of those things convene.”
Outside work, Tyler is the proud owner of Parker, a husky lab mix, who Tyler claims has the best ears on a dog he’s ever seen. In his free time, he loves getting outside and going on hikes and bike rides. He does his best to not to look at his phone more than he has to.