Each year, .net magazine showcases the best and the brightest in the web design and development industry with the annual .net Awards, which are chosen by 50 industry experts.
We’ll soon find out if Anthony Colangelo is a winner; the Web Design & Development grad was recently nominated for .net‘s Young Developer of the Year award, an honor bestowed on an outstanding web developer under 25 who has consistently produced good work and made serious waves in the world of web development over the last 12 months.
“I’m really, really thrilled to have been nominated for the award. It’s an absolute honor to be in the company I’m in with the other nominees,” Anthony says. “My nomination wasn’t the result of a specific project, but my work with Happy Cog definitely contributed to it. I also built and released jPanelMenu, a jQuery plugin that’s gotten a lot of attention within the community over the past few months, which I think contributed to it as well.”
As a full-time developer at Happy Cog, a boutique design and development agency with offices in New York, Philadelphia, and Austin, Anthony builds websites and applications for a client list that includes MTV, Zappos, Fonts.com, and several major universities. “One day I might be building a responsive layout, and the next I’ll be deep in server and database architecture,” says Anthony, who has been working in Happy Cog’s Philadelphia office for over a year now.
One of his favorite projects has been the online award show MTV launched last year. “The site was a three-stage project: First was the voting site, where fans could vote for their favorite nominees to win awards. In about a month, the site handled over 44 million votes,” Anthony says. “Second was the main event site, which streamed the live, 24-hour, record-breaking event. Finally, after the event was over, the site went into archive mode, which is where people can go to relive the event through highlights and recaps.”
Anthony loves what he does and that he’s found a way to marry the design and development worlds into one career. “It certainly keeps things fresh, interesting, and definitely challenging.”