Pixel Whip - sponsor interview

What does your company do and how do you work with Drupal?
We design and develop Drupal websites. We primarily work as sub-contractors for other Drupal shops and Marketing/Advertising agencies, but we also do work directly with clients.

How did you first get involved in Drupal?
I used to be the creative director at a marketing firm in Colorado Springs. At that time we were building static sites in-house or sub-contracting a .NET developer if the client needed a CMS. I started toying with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress in search for potential alternatives. I liked the concept of Drupal, but was overwhelmed with all the options it had and ultimately went with Wordpress as it was more intuitive and I could spin up a site really quickly.

Fast-forward a year. I ventured out on my own and started Pixel Whip in an effort to move away from print design and really focus on web design. I was contracted by a Drupal shop to develop a site for a client that specifically requested Wordpress. That project went well and they offered to let me shadow their developer as he built a Drupal site. That's all it took. Once I saw the initial steps of building a Drupal site, everything clicked and I never looked back. Now we pretty much use Drupal exclusively.

What type of work and/or websites do you specialize in?
We specialize in design and theming. Our bread and butter has always been Photoshop and CSS. Drupal allows us to take what we do well and wrap it around killer functionality. We sub-contract most custom module development that we can't handle in-house, but more often than not, we're hired by other development shops that don't have the design resources in-house. We know what Drupal can do and play up it's strengths in our designs.

What are you most looking forward to at DrupalCamp Colorado this year?
Good times, good people and a lot of learning. DrupalCamps are such an awesome environment to learn from your peers and talk shop in a casual setting. We really enjoy the conversations with friends, old and new. We always leave DrupalCamps super fired-up about new technologies, methodologies and possibilities. We are in a constant state of learning and that's what I love about this industry- especially the open-source community.

Is there anything else you'd like our attendees to know?
This year, we decided to step up and submit our first session. I'll be talking about "The 10 Commandments of Photoshop Mockups" at 9:45 Sunday morning. We're also planning "Responsive Web Design" BOF at 1:15 on Saturday to talk strategy on making one theme adapt to all devices and screen sizes.

See the Pixel Whip sponsor profile: http://2011.drupalcampcolorado.org/sponsors/pixel-whip