16 Oct

Pepper Talk with Halie Wickiser

Welcome back to Pepper Talk, this month we’re getting up-close and personal with Halie! Just a little background before we get started, Halie works on the Commercial Team tackling projects that need user experience solutions. She’s been with Eleven Peppers for almost one year!


1. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Any European countries, I love their cultural balance of work, family, and community. However, I don’t know if I could handle being so far from family for too long.

2. How did you get started in UX?
I originally planned on going to Savannah College of Art and Design to study 3D Animation, but as I researched their other programs, I found they had a Concentration in Interactive Design that really sparked my interest. It’s pretty much history from there, as I continued with my study, I became more and more interested in the UX process and how it impacted the design of all products and tools.

3. What is your favorite thing about your career?
UX allows me to branch out into countless industries and gain endless knowledge. Ideating, creating, and learning with experts of all types is personally very rewarding.

4. If money was no object, what would you do all day?
I’m always doing new things, so I don’t think there’s one thing I’d like to do every day, but I would probably travel to as many places as possible and learn as many languages as I could. I believe there is so much to gain from understanding and experiencing other cultures.

5. What’s your favorite holiday? Why?
I come from a family of 10, so any Holiday where we all get together is the best for me, typically that’s Christmas, but Thanksgiving is also great because it’s generally a lot less work than Christmas and we get more time to just enjoy each other’s company.

6. What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Julie Andrews hands down. She is one of the classiest women in Hollywood and has given us so many classics to appreciate.

 7. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no: In tea? Yes, please. Coffee? I’ll take decaf.
Sweet or Savory: Sweet. I wouldn’t mind eating fruit salad for every meal.
Favorite Movie: Movies I can watch anytime on repeat is ‘The Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’ – I guess I am a James Cameron fan!
Favorite place to travel:

My favorite travel experiences have always been more about who I’m with than where I am. My most recent travel to the coast of Italy proved to be one of the best. I was with my best friends and got to meet and spend time with a hilarious and welcoming Italian family which made it even more spectacular than just the gorgeous views.

Hobbies:

Anything that allows me to be crafty or solve a puzzle. You can typically find me with knitting needles or my book of crosswords. I also enjoy Music festivals, gameboard nights, yoga, dancing, and backyard volleyball.

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07 Oct

Celebrating 5 Years: Paul Denton

Time flies when you’re having fun! We’re excited to celebrate Paul Denton’s 5th Pepperversary!

Paul Denton is 11p’s humble master of code—the very first Software Engineer to join 11p–and he sure did set the bar. Several peppers had the pleasure of working with Paul at previous companies, and we were delighted to finally bring him aboard. In the last 5 years, Paul has earned the respect of his clients and peers, so much so that he has recently been promoted to a Principal Software Engineer. Paul has always had an appreciation of UX and design, making him a perfect addition to our creative team.

Fun fact: We have had the pleasure of witnessing Paul’s adorable family expand throughout his tenure at 11p, from his first little boy, to a second little boy, to his third baby coming soon (a little girl!).

To learn more about Paul, keep scrolling to read our special interview and infographic!


 
 

1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Working with and for friends.

2. If you were a pepper, what type would you be and why?
Scotch Bonnet, because Scotch 🙂 

3. What is a favorite 11P event?
Anything at Dave and Theresa’s house is fun.

4. What is your favorite Christmas present ever received from 11P?
The strawberries left in our room for the 2018 Christmas party, simply because I’ll never forget my kid getting into them and leaving red and brown streaks all over the hotel’s white bed sheets. The cleaning crew had to love that.

5. What is your favorite 11P memory?
I tend to fondly remember the times I’ve done something super awkward, and being a nerd it seems to happen a lot. I’ll always remember the time my wife and I were leaving a company outing at an O’s game and instead of doing the handshake/ bro hug/ whatever, I went in for a regular hug with Bryan Parks. I still remember it in slow motion, thinking in my head, “Uh yea, am I really doing this?” Good times.

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice:
My best friend, Matt Castle.

7. Name a Pepper whose work or work ethic inspires you:
I know it takes a lot of time to run a company and not everyone can do it, so this HAS to be Kristen and Bryan. I’ve even had other business owners comment on how hard they’ve seen Kristen work.

8: My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

Get to know Paul a little bit better…

1. Favorite type of coffee to drink?
No clear favorites, but I always really enjoy the cheap coffee at diners.

2. Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?
Arches National Park

3. What’s your favorite book of all time?
In answering this question I realize I need to find more time to read. The last thing I really enjoyed was Ender’s Game.

4. What hobby do you spend the most time doing?
Sadly, the same thing I do at work, coding!