This account was created a long time ago — like pretty much in the stone age at this point. Back in those days, Travis Neilson still ran DevTips, no one commented on videos asking where Travis was, and we still remembered him bouncing around in his hotel room before giving a tutorial on how to make an email that actually works everywhere.
By now, you’re probably asking yourself “Who’s writing this?” “I thought David and MPJ of FFF owned all of this now.” Well, I guess you could say thats fair, and they do still have a stake in the channel, and the community, because thats important to me, the new host of DevTips.
Who am I?
My name is Andrew Krause. I’m a longtime community member of DevTips, since around 2014 when Travis started publishing videos — in fact, I’m in a few of the Office Hours videos, although, I look hideous and very awkward in there since I had no clue what I was doing back in those days. I started the official Discord server almost a week after Travis announced that he was taking a step back from DevTips and had started to look around for the next host. I was nervous that whoever took over the channel would close the Slack community and all of those friendships would be lost, hence the need for a 3rd party community chat. I’m also a moderator of David and MPJ’s FunFunFunction Discord and Twitch channel, however of course, they’re on an indefinite leave of absence from those channels, although they’re not gone for good I don’t think.
What do I bring to the table?
I worked in marketing for a bit, working with larger brands, banks, and other groups building a wide variety of websites and campaigns, discussing ways to create new marketing campaigns, email strategies, content uploading strategies on social media, and other items. I worked for a marketing firm that handled a client called “Avocados From Mexico” where I worked on an internal employee platform that let them create and accomplish goals, and give each other kudos for those goals, as well as some pieces of a Super Bowl website that used Blockchain to help build a better connection between the company and its customers.
Most recently, as mentioned before, I’m a software engineer in telecommunications. I’m in charge of interface design and development for most of the platforms that we’re using, and if I’m not in charge, I’m the primary designer for those tools. I have a deep love for Adobe XD, although I’ve also branched out to Figma at the insistence of some colleagues of mine. Building interfaces that look like they’re coming from a marketing agency, but fit directly into the corporate world that I’ve found myself in is something that I’m very comfortable with. Using user data, analytics, and other metrics to determine the placements of items, and also the psychology of why people want things to be in those places is really important to me, and something I spend countless hours researching, watching YouTube videos on, and putting pen to paper.
What is my plan for DevTips?
Travis created DevTips to teach designers how to code, and how to work with coders, hence the full name “DevTipsForDesigners.” MPJ and David brought some higher level engineering topics, drilled down a lot of vocabulary, and showed programming at an overall different level with pair programming, NodeJS, design patterns, and further expanded on the design aspect of DevTips. As the third host of DevTips, my “plan” is to marry the two strategies together.
Expanding the brand has been my first project. Updated headers, fonts, colors, design styles, and patterns have been appearing everywhere — all social media, YouTube, here on Medium, and I’m taking great care in protecting all of the assets through usage of copyright and Trademarks because I want people to have no mistake who is the official DevTips, and who is using the logos for their own gain. The YouTube channel will have a few different types of content going on continuously — A primary project in the way of a long term playlist, split into seasons. Each season is a different aspect of the overall project. Season 1 for instance would be the frontend, built in React, and Season 2 could be the backend built in NodeJS, and future seasons would be other languages, or API implementations. The goal for this line of work is to expose the viewers to a large scale project that they can directly help decide what to do, and have access to it since it will be live. A secondary project will consist of shorter, to the point tips and tricks, and shortcuts to save time for developers who are either learning, but will sometimes be geared towards those that are in the field professionally. Chances are that I use these tricks daily and they save me time in a lot of places. A tertiary project will be anything beyond programming. This could include purely design projects, some time-lapses of current or future projects — to create a Déjà vu feeling in the future, or talking about topics that could be relevant for the common developer/designer.
What is the timeline? When are videos coming back!?
Your wait is almost over. Getting started with YouTube, mostly from scratch requires a lot of leg work to be done — some legal items, some brand items, and just getting the leg work done for the videos themselves. A new introduction video is coming soon, to explain pretty much what I’m saying here, but as a TL;DR. Patreon is coming back, along with merchandise, and YouTube memberships are on their way to the channel for the first time! The playlist mentioned above is in development — the initial design has been done, and the programming is starting, and then recording can be done when those items are figured out for the most part.
The timeline is at the very least, 1 video per week, with multiple social media posts sprinkled throughout the week, and as I hit the paces and get comfortable with the branding, everything will only get faster from there. The ultimate goal is 3 videos per week — 1 main playlist video, and 2 smaller tips and tricks videos.
How do I get involved? I want a say in DevTips too!
One thing has stayed consistent the entire time that DevTips has existed: its had a devoted audience. DevTips is stronger because of you, and you help the channel grow with your comments, likes, dislikes even. I’m bringing the same authentic style that Travis had — sometimes he messed up, sometimes he needed to figure something out behind the scenes and come back and show what went wrong, and I’m going to still include those — for the most part. You as the viewer might have a better way of doing something, or you might have questions about the validity of the code. We’re in this together, to grow, to get better, and to learn.
Follow DevTips everywhere you can! Every platform will have slightly different content, different hints about the next project, and different types of behind-the-scenes content.