About Me - Resume


About Me

I am a freelance front-end and back-end digital designer and developer with vast commercial expertise of delivering high quality digital content, applications and websites. I am educated to Masters degree level and strive to push the boundaries of digital media through user-centered design that allows me to meet and exceed the requirements of my clients and their customers.

I have an entrepreneurial spirit and keen interest in business, finance, human psychology and socio-cultural issues that affect the way people think and act. I try to look at the 'big picture' when taking on new work or advising my clients on what direction to take in the often bewildering world of digital media. To this end, I have many successful and happy clients who appreciate my input on a variety of topics.

Skills and Expertise

Designer

  • Website Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Wire frames and Digital Prototype Design
  • Print Design
  • Logo Design

WordPress Developer

  • Custom WordPress Plugin Development
  • Bespoke WordPress Theme Development
  • WordPress Installation, Upgrades and Configuration
  • Data Migration to WordPress
  • WooCommerce Custom Functionality Design and Development

Drupal Developer

  • Drupal Theme creation including Bespoke Drupal Theme Development, Theme Optimisation, Theme Conversions to New HTML Frameworks
  • Custom Drupal Module Development
  • Drupal Installation, Upgrades and Configuration

Magento Developer

  • Custom Magento Module Development
  • Bespoke Magento Theme Development
  • Magento Installation, Upgrades and Configuration
  • E-Commerce Conversion Optimisation

PHP Developer

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Database and Systems Development
  • Enterprise Level PHP

Front-end Developer

  • HTML5 and CSS3 Web Development
  • JQuery and Prototype Web Development
  • Bespoke Cross-browser JavaScript Development

Customers and Clients

I have worked in various capacities for prestigious clients of all shapes and sizes, including:

  • Aardman Animation
  • Future Publishing
  • Nesta Future Lab
  • Conran Design Group
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Breast Cancer Now

Education & Training

MA Interactive Multimedia / Interaction Design
Bath Spa University
September 2003 - March 2005
2:1 BSc Multimedia Technology
Leeds Metropolitan University
September 1999 - June 2003

Professional Experience

Freelance Web Designer, Web Developer and Technical Director

Self Employed, Worldwide
May 2012 - Present

After increased demand for my web development services I resumed freelance work in May 2012. My current list of Clients include Crimson Publishing LTD, Conran Design Group, Breast Cancer Now and various clients in the UK, Europe and North America.

Web Developer

Future Publishing PLC, Bath
September 2011 - May 2012

After a successful phase of providing freelance web development resource to Future Publishing based in Bath I was offered the position of web developer in the digital studio department of Future PLCs expanding digital portfolio. Duties vary from full lifecycle website development and more unique activities such as internal systems development and implementation. I have launched various websites for Future PLC such as www.fastcar.co.uk and www.nphotomag.com. Other notable successes of my time at Future was the self-initiated optimisation of sites such as www.sfx.co.uk and www.pcgamer.com, helping improve performance and bandwidth usage by a significant amount, in certain cases the work resulted in performance improvements of over 2000%.

Freelance Web Designer, Web Developer and Online Media Consultant

Self Employed, Worldwide
March 2010 - Present

I resumed freelancing in March 2010 after receiving high levels of demand for my skills. My list of clients during this period included Aardman Animations and Future Publishing along with many other SMEs and local government agencies. I provide a range of services to my clients and aim to offer a full-service agency offering. My previous experience of working within e-commerce has provided me with many useful skills.

Entrepreneur

Various, Worldwide
March 1990 - Present

Entrepreneurial ambition is in my blood and since a young age I have been growing businesses and trading goods and services. I began by buying, fixing and trading musical instruments. When I turned 16 I was able to harness my interest of vehicle mechanics with business and began fixing, customising and selling motorbikes.

My most recent entrepreneurial activities are focused on buying, refining and selling digital companies and services, and creating new businesses, establishing market presence and selling said firm for profit.

Digital Designer / Developer

Champs-Elysées LTD, Bristol
March 2005 - March 2010

Champs-Elysées are producers of intermediate-advanced language publications. The company is based in the United States where its primary customer market resides. The job involved many tasks focused within e-commerce and online marketing including design, implementation and management of all online materials including the development of new digital products and bespoke e-commerce services. Search engine marketing was also a large part of the role for this niche company where I successfully increased conversion rates by over 100% from both organic search and paid advertising.

Freelance Interactive Designer

Self Employed, UK, Nationwide
February 2004 - September 2009

I worked as a freelance digital designer for seven years producing both front-end user interfaces and back-end systems for various clients including Nesta FutureLab, S-Cool LTD, Bath Spa University and Adam Scott Photography. This period of work involved a diverse mixture of technologies such as Adobe Flash, XML, PHP and W3C standards-based website design with all projects tailored to fit the clients brief.

Multimedia Developer

Redshift LTD, Weston-Super-Mare
September 2001 - August 2002

Redshift evolved from humble beginnings into a full-service digital design agency with an enviable reputation. The role of Multimedia Developer was undertaken during a university sandwich year and involved the development and design of Adobe Flash presentations and animations for screen and CD-based formats. Other duties included cataloging of stock image archives and standard office duties.

Art Teacher

Friend LTD, Weston-Super-Mare
September 2001 - May 2002

'Friend' is a voluntary sector Community Mental Health Resource Centre serving Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset. The role of part-time Art Teacher involved teaching and planning a curriculum focusing on arts and crafts for adults with mental health difficulties in an informal atmosphere. Other duties included maintaining art stock levels and basic emotional support of adults referred to the service by their doctor.