From geology to coding, Luke explains how his love of land analysis mapped the way to front-end development (and explains how they're actually more connected than you'd think). After joining the Rad gang earlier this year, Luke's been debugging, programming and honing his skills by working on some pretty cool websites (if we do say so ourselves) as part of the development team.


What do you do at Radiator?

I’m a front-end developer, so basically I turn designs and wireframes into working web pages. When I first started I mainly worked on fixing bugs but now I build the templates that are used on websites using a mixture of coding languages like HTML and CSS.

Did you always want to be a front-end developer?

I originally went to uni to study geology so no, definitely not! When I was studying geology I became obsessed with GIS (Geographic Information System), which is basically a coding language, and how the language is used to create digital maps so that sparked my interested in development. I worked as a geospatial analyst for a couple of years before deciding to go back to uni to study development. And here I am, a rock loving developer.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Radiator Digital?

I love the variety of projects for such a wide variety of clients - because of this I’ve learned so much in a very short space of time, so it’s been a great start to my career in development.

I’ve never wanted to work for a big agency and Radiator is the perfect size for me – it’s big enough that we have some amazing clients but small enough that it still has a close-knit agency vibe letting you build great work relationships with everyone - staff and clients alike.

Where will we find you if you’re not working?

Probably walking up a hill somewhere in Scotland - I try to visit a new place every weekend, so I’ve bagged my fair share of Munros and seen some amazing scenery. If I’m not hillwalking I’m probably cycling or skiing – I love being outside.

Music is a big part of the culture at Radiator, what’s your go-to playlist?

Anything with Biffy Clyro – I like rock/indie but I’m pretty easy-going music wise.