Meet Our Team: Rafael

RED is made up of a diverse group of people pursuing the same goal: helping you help the world. Where do we come from, and what brought us here? Here is your chance to see inside a remote team – what makes us tick?

Rafael joined the RED team in the fall of 2020 as a developer. He creates features and functionality and brings clients’ or designers’ ideas to life on the web.

Meet Rafael!

RED: How did you end up at RED? What attracted you to RED?

Before being hired at RED, I spent several months job hunting on sites like weworkremotely.com. When the listing came up, I knew RED was a company I wanted to work for. I appreciated the beautiful work they had done for companies and non-profits of all sizes, their use of green web hosting, and their work/life culture.

RED: What are some of your interests outside of work?

I have a small home studio where I write and produce music for myself and others. I also dabble in video production. When I need to unwind I love playing indie video-games and hiking.

RED: Why is remote work important to you?

I was an only child, so I enjoy the quietude and stillness. I also like the flexibility to make changes to my work environment.

RED: Where do you normally work? Are there other places you like to work?

I normally like working at my personal desk, but I also enjoy quiet patios, and anywhere with lots of natural light!

RED: Do you work with music, TV, complete silence, other white noise?

If I’m listening to music, classical is my go to, but indie rock or 8-bit video-game music also work if I need more energy!

RED: How do you structure your day? What is your most productive time of day?

I often feel most productive in the late-ish morning and in the evening so sometimes I will start in the morning, take a break in the mid afternoon, and return to work in the evening when I’m re-energized.

RED: It’s not easy to work remotely. Many find it challenging to stay motivated and miss the communication with coworkers. How do you handle these challenges?

Every hour or so I make sure to get up and stretch and move my body. Now that I’m working remotely, I try to make an effort to schedule time with friends. Even though my co-workers are mostly miles away, we communicate a lot, so it still feels like we’re all in the same office!

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Alisa Cognard

Alisa was one of the first team members to join Red Earth Design, Inc. in early 2004. From data entry, she progressed to MySQL database manipulation and PHP coding. Alisa is responsible for all kinds of odds and ends: installing new websites, adding features to them, programming databases, PHP coding, website troubleshooting, website security, and organizational tasks for Red Earth Design.

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