I spent 4 months working remotely and on site, on a large government project called IFS (Innovation Funding Service). IFS is a government site that allows academics, scientists and entrepreneurs to apply for government funding for projects.
My role was to provide FED support, adhering to GDS guidelines.
The project was very much process driven, with fortnightly sprints and used a continuous development process.
I quickly had to pick up new templating languages and build processes.
Graphic Digital Agency (formally the Guardian Digital Agency) specialises in data visualisation.
Graphic has given me the opportunity to further my expertise in a number of areas. I started off working in a front-end capacity, building responsive templates, angular sites and charting engines. I was also responsible for building Umbraco sites of considerable size. As back-end developers departed, I took on their responsibilities as well. Eventually I was the sole developer responsible for maintaining and developing existing sites, with other contractors coming in as and when required. My role extended to server management, where I was responsible for setting up QA and Staging environments, Teamcity, and site deployments.
I've worked on a projects for RBS and a variety of WPP companies, building anything from Angular responsive sites to multilingual Umbraco driven sites that comprise of complex hierarchical content structures.
Working at Graphic has been a rich experience, and working with such talented designers and data visualisation experts has been a privilege.
In 2010 I started a joint venture with an old colleague to create Bigberry Digital, a small digital agency that would give us a name and an identity to work under.
Bigberry Digital provided web design, social media strategy, brand development, web development and consultancy.
We produced the following:
I was asked back to the Guardian for a third time to work on a previous project I had been involved in.
The project involved applying a new responsive design to Kantar Worldwide's website, which would work across tablet and mobile devices. The responsive work was extensive, and required a lot of work around a charting engine we'd built.
The project also required updating various razor scripts in Umbraco and adding new functionality to the site.
I spent 3 months working in the UX department in News UK producing prototype websites.
I produced two concept sites that The Sun wished to launch later that year. The sites used extensive jQuery to handle scroll events, Vimeo plugins, a complex image slider, and form validation. The site was then shown to a panel of Sun newsreaders to gauge their feedback, and ultimately improve the existing concept.
I also produced a responsive mobile friendly website, which uses the jQuery mobile framework to display newspaper stats for internal staff. The site uses touch gesture events allowing staff to navigate and swipe through the site.
The Guardian asked me back to work on a second project.
I worked as a front-end developer producing an Umbraco driven site for Kantar Worldwide. The site uses a flexible grid, so that the client can change the look and feel of the site through the CMS. I worked on many aspects of the site, including building razor scripts for the Umbraco templates, and ensuring the site worked on Blackberries (old and new as required by Kantar at the time). We used an agile approach to the development of the project, tracking progress and bugs with Pivotal Tracker and Jira.
My final project with the Guardian involved producing a responsive website that works on all tablets and media devices. The site "6 songs of me" invited Guardian readers to pick 6 songs that they felt defined themselves by answering 6 questions. The site connects to Spotify to create a playlist, and users can browse their friends' playlists and or those of well-known celebrities.
Redeveloped and reskinned a Facebook caption competition app for the milkshake company Frijj.
Worked on Microsoft's Retail Experience site. The site ran on Umbraco, and the requirements were a mixture of debugging razor scripts and producing new sections, using both back-end and front-end skills.
The Guardian needs no introduction.
I was brought in to work on a project for the British Council.
I built an interactive Google map for the British Council that plotted 2,500 education institutions, 300 student comments and 200 points of interest.
The site was built using MVC3, and uses restful webservices which allows a third party company (Sapient) to create, update and delete institutions.
Another feature of the application is the postcode conversion tool. This tool converts postcodes to latitude and longitude points. I used postcode data from Ordnance Survey (3 million postcode records) to perform these conversions.
I worked on building the front-end for Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush microsite. The work involved general css/jquery and flash integration. Iris used SVN and GIT repositories.
I also built landing pages for Cathedral Cities Chedds.
EF Education are a Swedish company that teach English as a foreign language. They operate in 116 countries and have over 46,000 employees. So quite big!
I worked for Learning Travel, a part of the business that placed teenagers with English speaking families in foreign countries - an educational holiday you might say.
My role as a senior developer was to manage their multi-lingual site, and produce online marketing campaigns from their head office in Zurich.
As a senior developer, I utilised C# to building ASP.NET applications with Visual Studio 2008.
Scripted Flash application using ActionScript 2.0, XML
Built website and e-mail templates using Photoshop CS, XHTML/CSS (W3C compliant) code.
Produced e-mail templates, landing pages, and flash/gif banners for client marketing campaigns.
Roo Media created an aggregated video platform for companies to manage their video content, but also receive revenues from sharing content with other companies.
At Roo I project managed a team of developers towards the end of the product development cycle of a new Flash player, which used aggregated content to feed clients online video players.
I reported back on the team’s progression, and mediated with client managers to deliver projects.
We created flash players for clients such as The Sun, The Times, FT and created micro-sites for a Universal pitch (which we won).
Although I chose not to stay very long with Roo Media, the experience of working with a fledgling company was a positive one.
My career began at XM London in Westbourne Terrace, a WPP company that eventually merged with Ogilvy.
I started out as a junior designer, and after a year moved over to the development team. I continued to produce designs when required, but with the added advantage of being able to complete the process and build the sites myself.
My most notable achievements with XM include:
BA (Hons) Diploma in Internet Technology 2:2
University of Essex
2001 - 2004
BTEC First Diploma in Information Technology
1998 - 2000
7 GCSEs incl Mathematics, English and Science
Wheatley Park School, Oxford
1993 - 1996