As I write this, liquidfish’s owner and president, Cody, is attending the Metro 50 Awards Dinner. The Metro 50 is a list created by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber featuring the top 50 fastest growing privately owned companies in the Oklahoma City metro area. This is our third year being included on this list, so in honor of that achievement, I want to write a little about the culture of high expectations and learning here at liquidfish that I believe is the reason we’ve been able to grow so much for this long.
Hello, readers of The Current, my name is Will Cobb, intern and good luck charm at liquidfish. I say "good luck charm" because liquidfish has done suspiciously well scoring new business since I started showing up every day in June (12 new clients, 16 projects). I’m from San Marino, California, near Los Angeles, and am entering my senior year at the University of Oklahoma. I was lucky to have my first internship experience with liquidfish this summer, which was a dream come true. I have been so fortunate to have this experience and my utmost gratitude goes to those who believe in me, and agree I’m a wonderful fit at liquidfish. The view of the fish tank in the front office of our great location here in Bricktown, OKC may have inspired some of the metaphors below... Let’s dive in.
When I started at liquidfish over two and half years ago, I had a very limited knowledge base about website design and development. While I had a small vocabulary from my previous job in marketing, it was nowhere near the level I am required to have to do my job well at a company like liquidfish, which is first and foremost a web development company. In the first few months, I not only had to learn how the company was run, but also absorb everything I could about the website development process. This was no easy feat—it took a long time to learn all I have learned—and even now, I find myself expanding my education every day.
Some people call it “the hustle,” others “the grind”; regardless of how you prefer to work, it constitutes a huge percentage of our lives. That can sound bleak to some, but it’s what you choose to do with that time that truly impacts your quality of work, and in the long run, your quality of life.
I’m a web and graphic designer here at liquidfish and I've recently been toying with building my own portfolio website, but my development experience goes no deeper than an unresponsive site or two built with basic HTML and CSS. Thus, I needed the help of a “no coding required” service, but I also wanted something that granted a bit more control than the standard WYSIWYG template-based, “baby’s first website” functionality and layout options found in Wix, Adobe Portfolio, Squarespace, etc.