Customer Profile: Meet Kristian Andersen from Robo.cat

If you've ever designed or developed any mobile app concepts, you've almost certainly at some point googled "App Icon Template" and you've more than likely, downloaded one from AppIconTemplate. That's the handy work of @flarup and the guys at Robo.cat.

However, it's Kristian Andersen, Robo.cat's lead front end developer that is responsible for the wonderful examples of client side execution that Robo.cat are fast becoming renowned for. It's time to meet Kristian and get to know what makes him tick.

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Q: What's your full name?

A: Kristian Andersen

Q: Where can we find you online?

A: At Robo.cat and on Twitter @ksmandersen

Q: Where do you live?

A: Copenhagen, Denmark

Q: What's your main role?

A: Front end developer

Q: How did you get into Web Design and Making Websites?

A: I started learning HTML and CSS when I was 15. I thought it was extremely cool that I could create content and websites that people browse and read everyday. I care about creating great and seamless experiences on the web around products. I love knowing that the work I do is used by thousands of people every day.

Q: Which of our products do you use?

A: All of them. Hammer, Forge and Anvil.

Q: Tell us why you love using our products...

A: Static websites can really be a pain to work on, but these 3 products really make them so much easier to create. I love that I can just drag a folder of code into Hammer and get right to work on a static websites. It's even more awesome that I can just take a zip output of that and deploy it right to forge with no further effort. If I need to show my clients what I am working I can simply generate them a hammr.co link without having to deploy the site or stop working. Amazing!

Q: Who do you make websites for?

A: The company I work for, for clients and for my own hobby

Q: What's next for you in your career?

A: I plan to get more involved in volunteering for non-profits in my sparetime. I am at the moment working on a website for a non-profit organization that ships medical supplies to challenged countries in Africa. I'd love to more of that work.

Q: What's the most interesting project that you've worked on?

A: The most interesting thing I've worked on with Hammer and Forge has got to Be My Eyes. I love how this product help tranform the lives of blind and visually impaired people. Hearing how this product affect peoples lives is extremely rewarding and touching. It's a product with much support, even from developers. The source code for the website and the app is on Github and both has gotten a good deal of Pull Requests.

Q: Do you have any suggestions about how we can make our products better for you?

A: Involve the community more. Ask what the users want in terms of features. Make tighter integrations between Hammer, Anvil and Forge and tell people about it. I reckon a lot of people who use Hammer don't know Forge or vice versa.