Posted at 27 Jul 2015

Interview with Nate van der Ende

Hover States’ own Ruby specialist reveals his proudest achievements, his early love for GeoCities and his lucrative business in homemade mix CDs.

Your site tells us you’re currently working on Leorio. Can you divulge any more information about this project?

Yeah! Leorio is a little side project I've been working on for a long time. It came out of a desire to build really nice, simple content management systems for my freelance clients. I found I was rewriting a lot of the same code for each new project so it made sense to turn it into a reusable product. When I started at Animade, [director] James was interested in using it for our clients so now we're developing it as an internal project with the hopes of releasing it publicly in the near future.

What was the idea behind your decision to use stock photography as the mediator for your work?

I just thought it would be lolz!

I used to hate recess at school, so I got into this computer club where we would go around the classrooms building and fixing computers while the other kids were playing outside

Can you remember how your first got into interactive design and coding?

I used to hate recess at school, so when I was about 12 I got into this computer club where we would go around the classrooms building/fixing computers while the other kids were playing outside. Then I got into GeoCities and theming MySpace pages for my friends and it kind of developed from there. Eventually my parents bought a CD burner and I remember setting up this little playground business where I'd take orders for CD mixes, download the tracks overnight on our 56K modem, and design up record sleeves. I sold them for a couple bucks each until the teachers caught on.

What’s your proudest achievement?

I once grew a cactus to about five feet tall over a couple years but I gave it to a friend who left it on their balcony over the winter and it turned to sludge.

We hear you’re getting a dog. Any chance we can find out more about your future canine companion?

Yeah! A little Shikoku puppy ^_^ He'll be in his mum's womb for a couple months, but hopefully he'll be here for Christmas.

We hope so too.