Hi there, I’m Brian McKinney

Developer, designer, musician, recording engineer. In other words, I like to make things

Keeping the train rolling on down those tracks

  • April 17, 2009
  • in design, mediaphormedia

I've just received some of the best news of my professional career. I'm so very pleased to announce that I've accepted a position as a designer with the Online/Software/Jedi division of The World Company in Lawrence, Kansas—Mediaphormedia and I couldn't be more excited about it.

The good people over at Mediaphormedia are a legendary web team, and have a lot of street cred within the web community. Mediaphormedia is the birthplace of the Django web framework, and they are widely known as one of the most forward thinking and smoothest media companies in the world. The opportunity to be a part of this organization was just way too good to pass up.

There is, and always has been some very talented designers and developers at Mediaphormedia, and I feel honored to now call myself a part of that team. More than that though, from the brief time I spent with my new coworkers I could tell that we have a lot of the same philosophies about the web and that we will get along famously. Working around such a talented team will be awesome, and they are really, really cool people as well. Plus, I'll finally get to meet the magical Django Pony in person, which will be a tremendous honor.

Being at Mediaphormedia will allow me to work in an environment that will really challenge me to do my best—I'll be working with some of the most talented people around, it will force me push up against the boundaries of my abilities, and challenge me to get better as a designer every day. In other words, the organization fits who I am and what I am all about perfectly.

I'm definitely going to miss the people I worked with for nearly three years and Kansas State University, and this was no easy decision for me. K-State is a very special place, and I'll always be proud to have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience at this great institution. At K-State, I had some of the best, most supportive co-workers ever, and I am really thankful that I got the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with some very talented and exceptionally knowledgeable people. I'm more than confident that I'm leaving the web at K-State in good hands.

Also, I really want to say that I honestly want to thank everyone at K-State that ever gave me an opportunity to work with them. A handful of people believed in me enough to give me a shot at doing some pretty important jobs, and it has had a huge impact on my life. So if you are out there, and you know who you are (Scott, Brent, Melinda, Neil, Janelle... too many to mention), I can't thank you enough.

I'll definitely miss Manhattan and of course my friends and family that I have there. I feel bad about leaving rather abruptly, but when I left for Australia a few weeks ago, I could feel that the time for a change was near.

The thing is, K-State is a great place to work—they are very flexible, the people are nice, the benefits are incredible, and the work isn't incredibly demanding. In a few words, it's the safe, easy, comfortable place to be. However, anyone that really knows me, knows that when faced with a decision between something that is safe and easy, versus something that is risky and tough, I'm going to go with the tough choice every time. The fact remains that this was a tough decision to make, especially given the family and great friends I have in Manhattan. Throughout this process however, one absolute truth has been completely transparent to me: the things that have been the most rewarding for me in life and that have brought me the most happiness have been the most challenging, risky and demanding choices.

That said, I'm really looking forward to moving to Lawrence. It will be good to be able to catch more shows, eat at some of my favorite restaurants, go to my favorite movie theatre, go to some good bars, and once and a while, really irritate the occasional smug KU fan.

Seriously, there is a lot to love about Lawrence and that's why I've been pondering a potential move up there for a long time now. So, despite the fact that KU and a certain person that I really, really, really don't want to bump into happens to be located there, I think Lawrence and I will get along swimmingly. Moving to Lawrence will also allow me to see some long lost friends a lot more regularly (I'm looking at you Kevin and Heather)—which I am just ecstatic about.

I'll be leaving Manhattan as soon as possible. I'm looking to hit the ground running and be of as much help as I can to Mediaphormedia as soon as I can. That means if you are a Manhattanite and you have something to say to me, speak now or forever hold your peace. That, or look me up on the Internets and tell me later. As far as where in Lawrence I am moving, I have no idea. I'd really like to get a place right on Mass Street or very close by, so if anyone out there knows any leads in that direction, drop me an email.

So there we have it. Some of the most exciting news I've ever posted on my website. Thank you to everyone that's been supportive and helpful throughout this process, in particular everyone in my family, my good friends, and Neil, Scott, Brent and Jeff from K-State.

Now, who wants to help me move?


1 Garrett Pennington says

Wow, this is exciting news. A thousand congratulations to you. We'll all be sad to lose you, I'm sure. Definitely scary to move out of the cozy K-State nest, but I doubt you'll regret it. Good luck on your new adventure.

(Go Cats!)

Posted at 4:37 p.m. on April 17, 2009

2 mary.c says

CONGRATS!!! You'll be working with my friend Ben Turner, right? I'm not exactly sure what he does, but he's awesome. I work right down the street, so we'll have to meet up some day for coffee or drinks.

Holler if you need any help finding a place in town or anything else!

Posted at 6:14 p.m. on April 17, 2009

3 Stephen Parks says

Take it from me... leaving home is the best thing you can do in life. Oh yeah and all the work stuff is awesome too. . .

Posted at 10:37 p.m. on April 17, 2009

4 Brian McKinney says

Garrett, Mary and Steve — thanks for the kind words. I'm really excited about this and can't wait to get up to Lawrence and get started. It's going to be a really good thing for me and my career, and I can't tell you how awesome it is to have so many great people around me throughout this process.

Posted at 1:37 a.m. on April 19, 2009

5 Rich says


Posted at 2:39 a.m. on April 19, 2009

6 Janelle says

Congrats, Brian! This is such an exciting adventure! We are sad to see you leave the "safe place", but happy to see you jump at an awesome opportunity. L-town is a great place to be - even with all those birds!

Posted at 9:38 a.m. on April 20, 2009

7 Jon Faustman says

So, I started reading this when you first posted it and then got distracted by a butterfly or something... Congrats again man, I'm sure this will be a good move for you. Lawrence has a lot to offer, and new challenges are often very rewarding. Good luck with everything!

Posted at 11:05 a.m. on April 21, 2009

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