Interview with Phillip Reyland...

We have yet another five question interview!

After doing a little digging into the soil of the internet, I found a guy named Phillip. Phillip Reyland is his name, and this guy is one of the few working at Byte Dept. Byte Dept is a company that develops really anything digital for a customer. This company's portfolio, is pretty intense. They have made stuff for Juicy Fruit and Skittles!

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Q. Why/how/when did Byte Dept. start?

A. Byte Dept. was the happiest of accidents. I’d been working with a lot of friends far smarter than myself on a number of side projects and ideas. We’d picked up a small job here and there to help pay for the projects we were building. Then one day, I suddenly realized that we really were a boutique development firm. Byte Dept. became the culmination of curious minds and too much caffeine that happened to come together at the right time.

Q. When you were young, what did you want to be/do when you were older?

A. As a child, I always always focused on organizing and building. At 16, my father gave me a copy of Macromedia Flash MX and a domain with a year of hosting. That was when I realized how much fun I had building things. But more importantly, I found I had knack for organizing and building things. Luckily, this industry is full of incredibly talented people that appreciate it when someone brings a little structure to their creativity.

Q. How long did it take to develop the Byte Dept. website?

A. Designing our website is one of the more difficult tasks our team has ever faced. Because we build technology, we had to make sure it was solid. And because we love design, we had to make sure it was engaging and fresh. We toyed with a few frameworks and design ideas, even built a few of them. Finally, we went with a custom Javascript site powered by Google Docs. (yes, our site is just a super fancy Excel document). In total, we have about 300 hours invested in the site design, code and production.

Q. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

A. My greatest accomplishment to date is that I get to wake up every morning and go into an office with my friends to build technology. We’ve created an environment where our curiosity is encouraged and, to a greater extent, expected. The freedom that this provides is an accomplishment in itself. We learn more every day.

Q. If you could buy anything, what would it be and why?

A. I’d buy a coffee shop/office hybrid where anyone with an idea who isn't afraid to work hard can come and work and caffeinate for free. The energy that surrounds the tech scene in New York is as addicting for me as caffeine. I can't think of anything that could be better than mixing the two.

Pretty cool 'eh? I enjoyed e-mailing with Philip! He was extremely prompt with his responses, and very kind and considerate.

Thanks Philip,