At WebDevStudios, we believe in pushing the boundaries of web design and development, constantly raising the bar to deliver unparalleled digital experiences. And now, with these new hires on board, we’re about to take things to a whole new level with their fresh ideas.
Meet UX Designer Spencer Ravago and Frontend Engineer Nick Guzman. They have an unwavering dedication to excellence and an appetite for pushing boundaries. Spencer and Nick embody the spirit of innovation that defines our agency. We can’t wait to witness the impact they will make on our projects.
So please help us roll out the red carpet for these two new team members. Make sure to keep an eye out for their incredible contributions as they revolutionize the way we approach design and development. Together, we’ll continue to create extraordinary digital experiences that amaze and inspire.
Spencer Ravago, UX Designer
A common theme among the teammates at WebDevStudios (WDS) is a passion for WordPress. That resonates with Spencer.
“What I like most about WordPress as a platform is its versatility,” Spencer explains. “It can be a simple platform for the average person who would use it out of the box for blogging. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, WordPress can also be customized with complex features for enterprise-level clients, like what we do for our clients at WDS. With the addition of Gutenberg blocks and full site editing, there are so many possibilities with WordPress.”
Lucky for us, Spencer was no stranger to WDS. He and Engineering Manager JC Palmes are longtime friends. In fact, both are lead organizers for WordCamp Iloilo 2023. We can give thanks to JC for nudging Spencer to apply to join our team.
“JC told me about the vacant designer position here and encouraged me to apply,” reports Spencer. “I was honestly intimidated and hesitant at first. But thinking about the great people on the team, the collaborative work environment, and the caliber of clients WebDevStudios has, it was too good not to even give it a shot. Thankfully, I did.” We’re grateful, too!
In Spencer’s team bio, he mentions that he enjoys the “problem-solving aspect of design.” When asked why that is, he says it’s just how he’s wired.
“I generally have a hard time doing something that doesn’t have a specific goal in mind,” Spencer clarifies, adding, “Which is probably why I consider myself more of a designer than an artist since art leans more toward self-expression. Design allows me to be creative in a way that focuses on a specific goal or problem that I can work towards.”
As mentioned earlier, Spencer and JC were lead organizers of WordCamp Iloilo. (WebDevStudios was a proud sponsor.) The pair also headed up the Kids Camp portion of the event, too. Spencer has been actively involved with his local WordPress community since 2008.
“What keeps me interested in being involved with WordCamps and the local WordPress community is how tight-knit and collaborative our group has become,” Spencer says. “Some of the people in the community have even moved on to other non-WordPress careers, yet they continue to be active in our community, especially during WordCamps.”
When Spencer isn’t working or getting involved with the WordPress community, he focuses on his interest in the San Antonio Spurs. He hasn’t been to a game yet, since he is located halfway around the world from the team, but going to a game is on his bucket list.
“What I admire about the San Antonio Spurs is that they’re generally low-key and not very flashy since they’re a small market team,” Spencer explains his adoration for the team. “Yet they’re one of the more successful teams in the league, having won five championships. This is largely due to the team’s emphasis on fundamentals, teamwork, and continuous improvement. Great values to live by even outside of sports.”
Nick Guzman, Frontend Engineer
“My journey with WordPress began during my time as a junior at university,” shares Nick, adding, “I quickly developed a deep appreciation for its capabilities. Working with WordPress not only ignited my passion for web development but also provided me with opportunities to earn income while pursuing my education.”
Nick was inspired to join the team at WDS after discovering our blog. “Some years ago, I was googling for a starter custom theme for a WordPress client, and I stumbled upon the WebDevStudios starter theme wd_s, which was the subject of the blog post ‘Building a WordPress Theme,'” he explains. “I started following the blog closely, and when I saw a frontend engineer job opening, I decided to apply, and here I am.”
Prior to joining WDS, Nick worked on some interesting mobile projects. For example, he worked closely with the chief technology officer building Remble, which is on the mission to enhance the lives of millions of people throughout the world by making relationship and mental health support accessible to everyone.
“We used WordPress very heavily on the content side and as a Headless CMS, and on the frontend, we used React and React Native,” Nick explains. Before that, he also worked on the AAA mobile app. Additionally, he has worked for nonprofits and enterprise clients, too.
Nick really enjoys enterprise-level projects. He says they bring a unique set of challenges and opportunities.
“One aspect I particularly enjoy is the scale and complexity of these projects. They often involve integrating various systems, handling large amounts of data, and implementing advanced functionality,” he adds.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Nick loves all things Disney. He has visited both Disney US properties multiple times and gone on Disney cruises. Plus, he also attends other Disney events, such as marathons or horse riding events. But when it comes to Disney movies, there’s one in particular that captures Nick’s heart. “I love ‘Toy Story!'” Nick exclaims.