Meet the Team

Meet web developer Dave Riedstra

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1. How would you describe your role at Tellwell?

I do web development, mostly the stuff that runs in your browser. I primarily work on Tellwell’s author portal, an online tool we use in the book production process, but I’m also responsible for tellwell.ca and some other stuff.

2. What’s your favourite part of the job?

We’re working with some very new technologies, so there are many chances to learn and sometimes even contribute to these technologies. I really love implementing the great designs I get from Jordan, our lead designer. Also, the team at Tellwell are fun folks, and I love that what I do enables artists to get their work out there.

3. What got you interested in web development?

I’ve been doing it all my life. I have a memory of putting together some HTML on a grade school computer sometime in the 90’s – back when the <blink> tag was still a thing. I like making computers do cool and weird things.

4. What made you want to work for a book publishing company?

Working for artists. There are many challenges involved in making art go, and keeping it sustainable, so I really feel good about contributing to a platform that removes many of those hurdles.

5. What’s one thing you wish your colleagues understood about what you do?

Almost everything is possible to do in a browser, but sometimes things take a surprisingly long time.

6. What did you do before Tellwell?

I was freelancing as a web developer while completing a Masters in Music in composition.

7. What do you like to read?

I really enjoy speculative fiction like Ursula LeGuin and Karl Schroeder. China Miéville is great too. I also like reading scores and about 20th‍- and 21st-century music. I really enjoy certain types of philosophy and critical theory as well – Simondon, Deleuze, Massumi – but I haven’t done too much of that since graduating.

8. What do you do in your spare time?

I compose music that’s really quiet and challenging to coordinate. I play double bass and electric bass in new music ensembles and in the Civic Orchestra, I organize events with the Victoria Composers Collective and the sounds at the hive series at the arc·hive artist run centre, and I have a few interactive sound art projects on the go. Aside from all that, my partner and I really like getting out of the city for day hikes or holing up at a cafe with a book.

 

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