Starbit's CEO Jonathan Stevens talks us through the company's history and their team's diverse range of skills
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND?
Starbit is a firmly established web design and development company based in Edinburgh. We launched our first website in 2005 and we've been a limited company since 2011. We started as a full service agency and have since focussed on web design and development. We're currently based in the vibrant heart of Leith at the Creative Exchange.
CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?
Our entirely in-house team possess collective skills spanning digital strategy, user experience design and full stack development. We have a particular track record in building complex sites in Drupal and WordPress, with a portfolio including multiple examples of events management, booking systems, data visualisation and e-commerce. We work with a diverse range of clients from small businesses and charities to university departments and public sector organisations.
Starbit’s core focus is on helping to push an organisation’s digital boundaries, particularly for those where limitations on budget, time or staff know-how act as constraints. This means delivering user-friendly solutions to complex problems and increasing efficiency or utility across the widest possible range of processes. Our aim is not only to make the most of an organisation’s valuable resources but to ensure a lasting legacy from all of the systems we design.
ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS YOU HAVE ON THE HORIZON?
The breadth and complexity of the client projects we undertake is increasing all the time. The challenge and excitement of constant innovation is what gets us all out of bed in the morning. We're looking forward to launching a new version of our website in the summer with some awesome features for clients (and ourselves) that we've been planning for a long time.
WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD CITY TO BE BASED?
Starbit could have almost been based anywhere, but I chose to move to Edinburgh. The creative scene here is great and the quality of life attracts a diverse community and talent pool of designers and developers. The other side is a personal bias, I grew up in Scotland, it's a great place to live. It’s exciting, I mean it's small but there is enough variety to make it exciting, and partly by coincidence, I’d like to say it was planned, but the Edinburgh tech scene has just been booming in the last few years and it's really difficult to think about being anywhere else when everything is so exciting here right now. I think it opens up a lot of opportunity, being in Edinburgh.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?
Best advice I could give, and it’s probably not unique advice but it’s something that I’ve been told myself, is that there is never just one way of achieving something. There are multiple routes to success so, as long as you are aware of what has gone before and the current scene, be experimental. Don’t be afraid to try. Also, talk to as many people as possible. There is no benefit in keeping your ideas to yourself.
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