Graphic Digital Agency

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. 

Bigberry Digital

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:

  • a successful email campaign for Monster, which harnessed Monster's customer database to produce custom Google maps embedded in customers' emails. The email campaign had a high click through rate and we received fantastic feedback.
  • an e-commerce store for Lubatti, a skincare company set up by Tracey Malone.
  • an Umbraco driven site for WPF Therapy.
  • a CMS for Ovarian Cancer Action to enable staff to manage their site themselves.

The Guardian

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.

News UK

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

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.

Momentum Worldwide

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

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.

The site also uses jquery and javascript to filter pins. The Google map users Clusterer, a Google map library that groups pins by the frequency within any given radius.

Iris Digital

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 First

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

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.

XM London

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:

  • Designed and developed flash-based microsites, notably the Queen's 80th Birthday commemoration site, Media Edge CIA’s international award ceremony flash site, Ladbrokes and Chanel projects.
  • Created banner designs, built microsites and produced copywriting for HSBC campaigns.
  • Managed Harvey Nichols first e-commerce store after delivery.
  • Built numerous sites with our own bespoke company CMS for clients such as MI5, Buckingham Palace, National Trust, Qatar Foundation and Doha Debates.
  • Conceived and built marketing campaigns for clients such as Kodak and Malaria Hotspots.
  • Was involved in each phase of web development, from requirements to solution implementation and support. 
  • Designed and developed .NET Web Applications using ASP.NET, SQL Server ‘05, XHTML/CSS (W3C compliant) .
  • Utilized Webforms, Custom Class Libraries & Controls, ADO.NET, SQL, and OOP techniques.
  • Produced proposals, technical specifications and support documentation for clients.
  • Created email campaigns for Thames Water.

Education

BA (Hons) Diploma in Internet Technology 2:2
University of Essex
2001 - 2004

BTEC First Diploma in Information Technology
Henley College
1998 - 2000

7 GCSEs incl Mathematics, English and Science
Wheatley Park School, Oxford
1993 - 1996