Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Zinn

_MG_4569_4000x4000In the weeks leading up to Website Weekend LA 2016, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the volunteers who will be donating their time and talent during the event to help build websites for local nonprofit organizations that are doing good in the community. Today, we meet Jeff Zinn!

What’s your day job?

My day job (and often my night job) is working for and running Pixel Jar. Pixel Jar is a custom WordPress development firm I founded with Brandon Dove in 2004. We have developed custom WordPress solutions since 2007.

How will you be using your experience to help during Website Weekend?

I’ve help create many, many websites over the years. And I’ve seen trends come and go. In the end, what I’ve truely learned is how to build a site that is usable by the client and accessible by the end user. I’ve seen sites succeed and fail because of the passion from the owner. What I hope to do is play to the strengths of the site administrator so they may play to the strengths of the end user and maximize the potential of the site.

What was your favorite project that you ever worked on?

My favorite project has been krochetkids.com. I’ve help build some amazing sites since starting work on the web in 1996. But Krochet Kids in particular is a site that not only fulfilled the client’s needs at the time, but was proactive in that it helped that client progress and become a very successful, self-sustaining, non-profit entity.

Why are you excited about Website Weekend?

I’m excited that I may get to help solve challenges for a new or growing business, and help that business both succeed and contribute to their local community. And I’m always excited to meet new folks who are passionate about their projects.

What’s your favorite book, movie or tv show?

To answer just one of those items is utter silliness, so I’ll answer them all.

My favorite book, hands down, is “Dune.” There are no contenders. It has everything: it has, fanaticism, political intrigue, subterfuge, giant battles, individual survival…and it always seems to be a fitting parallel for what is really going on in life.

My favorite movie standard answer is “Star Wars.” It is not only a solid film, but has the benefit of being wrapped in glorious nostalgia. It will never disappoint. That said, here is the short list of movies I’ll always watch when they are on because, to me, they are perfect films: The Princess Bride, Stranger Than Fiction, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, About Time, Napoleon Dynamite, Guardians of the Galaxy, and everything by Wes Anderson.

TV shows that have competed their run which I adore and watch repeatedly are Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Better Off Ted, Band of Brothers, and any Jane Austin BBC adaptation. Shows that are still on that I look forward to watching: The Walking Dead, Goldbergs, Game of Thrones, and Brooklyn Nine-nine.

What’s your favorite color?

Green! It is the color of life and vibrancy and trees and lanterns.

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