What’s next

06 February 2009

Today is my final day working at Headshift. I don’t talk about work much on this blog, but this felt worth a post.

I’ve been here nearly a year and a half, and it’s been a fun ride: my first job in an agency/consultancy environment, rather than an internal role. That’s been a learning experience in and of itself. There have been lots of good projects, some of which are live already, and others which should be live very, very soon; looking forward to being able to point at one of them in particular. There was also a lot of good skills-learning, too; really getting on top of Rails, levelling up in sysadminning a bit, and lots of opportunities to balance all the code with some great interaction design work. It’s been great to have such a flexible position, and work on most of the levels the application stack, from initial design to code.

And, of course, there are the people; Headshift’s greatest assest really is its people, all of whom are fantastic in many ways, and all of whom have lots left to give. I’m going to miss them a lot; it’s always hard leaving a small company.

So what’s next?

What’s next is very exciting. Next week, I’m going to be joining Schulze & Webb, where I’ll be making and writing. More on the specifics of what I mean by “making and writing” will be coming shortly: it’s a really interesting role, and it’s the details of it that make it so.

Suffice to say, I’m very excited; Matt and Jack’s reputation precedes them, and I hope we’re going to make a lot of good stuff (and perhaps a little trouble) together.

The other interesting part of all this: although I’m a proper employee at S&W, my contract with them is for four days a week, and so I’m going to have a “spare” day, which I’m hoping to fill with all sorts of things: time to tinker on the many projects that I just can’t fit into the evenings; time to work on interesting things for interesting people; time to play. That’s going to be exciting, too. More on that another time, because the real focus for now is on the new job.

This, for me, is where 2009 really begins. It’s going to be exciting, I’m telling you.

11 comments on this entry.

  • MacDara | 6 Feb 2009

    Congratulations! You’re living the dream now.

  • Cennydd | 6 Feb 2009

    Wow, exciting times chez Amitage. Best of luck at S&W!

  • Matt | 6 Feb 2009


  • Wrestlevania | 6 Feb 2009

    Cracking news, Tom — and there isn’t a shade of green that’s green enough to express my envy at having a spare day every working week.

    Look forward to hearing what you’ve got planned, both at the new job and for your day-off projects.

  • Matt Webb | 6 Feb 2009


  • Michal Migurski | 6 Feb 2009

    Exciting, congratulations!

  • Nina | 6 Feb 2009

    A year and a half? Dude we have got to meet up more often, I thought you’d been there for six months or something!!!! Congratulations and hope it’s amazing!

  • Louise | 6 Feb 2009

    Exciting news – sounds like it’ll be great!

  • Holz Fallen | 7 Feb 2009

    Very exciting news. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing what you come up with on your extra day.

  • charlie | 8 Feb 2009

    Super. From strength to strength, it just keeps getting better.

  • Amit | 8 Feb 2009

    You’ll be missed Tom! Didn’t give you a proper good-bye on Friday, apologies. Hope to exchange gossip when you pop along to the area in the near-future. Good luck at S&W – sounds like a new adventure :-)

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