We'd like to introduce you to Kyreena Hay. She's recently moved to Melbourne from New Zealand in search of a creative place to further her career and find great coffee. We think she's a great fit for BugHerd as we grow and we're confident we know a good coffee when we taste one! What kind of Melbournians would we be otherwise? Anyway we digress. Meet Kyreena ...
So you're from New Zealand, is that the whole story?
The "where are you from" question always catches me off-guard, as it's not a straight-forward answer. I was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and lived there until I was 15, when I moved to New Zealand to live. New Zealand is where I've lived the past 11 years (I joked about keeping up the 15 year track record, but I got impatient), most of it in a small town called Hamilton.
How long have you been in the web/tech industry?
I finished university in 2009 and got my first industry job then, though I had been freelancing while I studied - so around 6 or 7 years now!
What do you enjoy the most about the web/tech industry?
The people, and the work environments. The people who work in this industry are exactly the kind of people I like being around; smart, geeky, and passionate about what they do. And we don't need to do things like wear suits or work in cubicles with a rigid 9-5 work day.
There's actually nothing I don't like about it! I don't even have any juicy horror client stories. This could be because I believe that establishing a relationship of respect and professionalism - as well as solid client education - from the get go is key to avoiding pitfalls later on.
What industry sites do you like to cruise or recommend others read?
Smashing Magazine is really great; though I've out-grown much of what they post about and largely just keep up to date through email subscriptions to Web Design Weekly, CSS Weekly, HTML Weekly, and industry contributors on Medium.
What would you be doing is 'Web Designer' wasn't a thing?
You know, I think I kind of exhausted all of the possibilities and have really found where I'm meant to be. However, if UX, Web Design, and Front-end Development all suddenly disappeared tomorrow, I'd either re-study in some human behavioural sciences type thing, or attempt to pay my bills as an Illustrator.
Tell us more about being an Illustrator (go on ... give yourself a cheeky plug)?
I'm quite proud of the fact that I have a nice little fan base for the illustration work I do. It's my main life achievement. Just a pity inspiration rarely strikes so I have a very small body of work
Now for the most important question ... Cats or Dogs?
I love both dogs and cats, but cats are far less maintenance than dogs. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to actually commit to looking after another living organism beyond some pats and putting food in a bowl.
... We suggest you invest in a plastic plant Kyreena!
You can connect with Kyreena on Twitter @kyreena with your suggestions of great coffee to try elsewhere in the world ... as long as you don't promise to lure her there for work! ;)