Hey Cindy, What Do You Do?!

By Cindy Tong on

Cindy Tong is a front-end developer at Use All Five, but she wasn't always. In a past life, Cindy was a landscape architect, which helps her bring a special sense of style and order to the code she writes. She lives in Houston with her newborn, Abigail. People always ask Cindy what she does for work, so we thought we would too.

Do people get what you do? If not, what’s the most often heard misinterpretation?
People usually get it when I say I build websites. The misinterpretation usually comes from what process we undergo to get it done. People tend to relate website building to Squarespace, Wordpress and other template sites. If I start talking about html, CSS or javascript, I’ve already lost their attention. 

What’s your elevator pitch to describe what you do?
We build some of the best websites in the world. We build haute couture that everybody can afford. 

How would you describe what you do if it was your best friend asking?
I take a design and convert it to a website that lives on the internet using code, very often we work out some design or animation details on the fly which is quite interesting. 

If someone were to ask at the end of a long day at work, how would you describe the day you just had?
I had a long day, but I feel accomplished since I fixed a few tricky bugs and the site is looking good! 

I feel like I can relate my job to a builder/contractor. The client has a vision, the design and creative team provide the blueprint, and I am here to put it together so the client can have the real thing.

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