Member of the Week - Kenny Wood

Meet Kenny, founder of one stop digital agency and pioneers Indigo Melody and recent author.

Hey Kenny! You’re the founder of Indigo Melody, a digital team with passion, who build web platforms and mobile applications with something extra special. Can you tell us in more detail what Indigo Melody do and what puts you ahead of other web developers?

As a small team of remote developers, we develop applications. Being a company on the bleeding edge of tech, I had to make sure to recruit developers who are good at changing and adapting to new stuff.

Because of this, we can fulfill any request; build games, customer templates and we specialise with react applications. What makes us different is the fact we’re concerned with building new stuff, eg VR applications. Now we’re the guys to go to if you’ve got something next gen - but it’s been a process repositioning everything.


You recently wrote a book on web design, could you tell us a bit about that experience?

It was laborious - to manage writing a book unpaid for a year, alongside running a business and looking after my family was so difficult. I was writing 10,000 words a month, so that’s like a dissertation every four weeks; by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It was eye opening, seeing how that industry works, to have publishers constantly getting back to me with changes, as well as people checking my code. It was nice to know it was going to be published at the end and promoting it after that was super interesting. It was so difficult as it’s not as creative as I usually work, more restrictive and very procedural. The book is basically just a really big tutorial, so I had to be really strict about how I walked through the process. It’s a framework, so I found ways to spice it up. I made it sound more like dialogue, made it chatty, so keeping that tone throughout was really hard and sometimes the editor wouldn’t be pleased with it. But it came out, it's had good reviews and now it’s doing well!

What were you doing before Indigo Melody? How did this help towards the inception of the company?

I was at university when we found out Melody was pregnant, so I got a job at BFBS; they have a tv channel called forces tv and I was doing there web stuff there. It was alright, but I just didn’t like being told what to do and so the second Indigo was born, I decided to start my own business to spend time at home and then slowly got to where I am.

How did you find out about PLATF9RM ?

Google - I don’t know anyone here, so google.

After your PLATF9RM tour, you seemed keen to get going ASAP, what was it that had you sold?

It’s a good distance away from the kids. It’s also a cool place, the coolest place. I’ve co-worked before and I've worked in an office but I’ve never wanted to go in. But equally, I’m always on my own and it’s boring. The other coworking I’ve been to has been terrible, it was in the midlands it was crap. I’ve worked from home for 4 years now so coming here was great; it’s a great location, and it’s a cool vibe, reasonably priced and accessible.

We know coding is what you’re all about, but what do you do on your days off?

Family stuff really, I don’t really do time off very well, so I don’t really watch TV or anything. I like to create rather than consume, so I’m a cereal hobbyist: I make furniture, play guitar, draw - anything that I’m interested in. I’m just, like, marginally better than other people at all of them.

What film is your life most similar to? For example, depressingly, mine is Mr. Bean, but less funny.

I don’t think there’s a film that’s ever resonated with me like that, there are none about young parents.

I feel emotionally similar to Fight Club but it doesn’t resemble my life in anyway.

You’re only allowed to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?

I don’t really care about food, making it is so boring and time consuming, so, nachos.