The Sandon School
Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication
University of London
Freelance Front-End Developer (Dec 14 - present)
Bayer (November 12 - December 14)
Traffic Digital (November 11 - October 12, freelance)
At Traffic Digital I was contracted to build from the ground up a completely reinvented, high-end, rich-media website for one of the world's leading airlines. The challenging remit required large amounts of video to be streamed and re-sized to full screen (often with a second narrative video composited on top), so the site required a huge amount of optimisation to ensure it ran smoothly on a range of devices without infringing on the client's strict branding guidelines.
Five Cool Consulting (June 11 - November 11, freelance)
As the sole front-end developer at Five Cool with AS3/Flash skills it was my responsibility to add features to and debug their generic VOD/assorted media player. The player could be re-skinned and customised for a range of clients the most notable of which was NHK, the prominent Japanese broadcaster, who use it in much the same way the BBC uses the iPlayer.
Digisoft.tv (March 11 - June 11, freelance)
Working in a small team on a diverse, set-top-box based eLearning project, my role covered a broad range of duties from debugging and optimising the app's core code to creating games, animations, and video steaming applets to improve the user experience. As I was developing an application for use by children, and for a low powered device, the software needed to not only be comprehensively optimised, but also completely intuitive to use.
BBC (March 10 - March 11, freelance)
As a software engineer for a major facet of project concord, and as part of the team for the iPlayer, I was responsible for delivery of premium quality video-on-demand software for set-top boxes, the Nintendo Wii, and mobile devices. I was also called upon to advise other sections of the company on the best approach for a variety of different projects, most notably some highly interactive, children's educational software where users could record, edit and export their own radio show. I was expected to quickly embrace a broad range of technologies outside Flash and learn about the BBC's internal processes and systems, as well as work with a number of different IDE's, design patterns, and frameworks, without the subsidised training made available to regular employees. Feedback for my work was resoundingly positive and my initial three-month contract was trebled.
Enigma Marketing (March 09 - March 10)
As the company's senior Front-end developer I acted as technical lead on a diverse range of projects for companies including Sharp, Samsung, and Trend. Work varied from producing micro-sites for individual products (using a scalable approach which allowed the sites to be easily reconfigured for future products), to e-learning materials, to a range of bespoke marketing solutions. I often enjoyed the challenge of being given an exigent brief, and always maximised any R&D time to ensure my apps were original and striking.
I took weekly tutorials with the junior developers to help align and streamline our approach to development, and to assist them with their personal development. I found this hugely fulfilling, not only due to the fact that it has a very positive impact on our development process, but also because it helped the team to bond well and become friends.
Freelance Front-End Developer (May 05 - March 09)
Whilst working regularly as an eLearning developer for Saffron Interactive since May 05 I have also worked as a contractor for a range of other new media companies. Most notably I accepted a three month contract at 'Instant Access Technologies' undertaking a wide range of Flash/front-end duties from producing high quality animation (taking the lead on a project previously produced by Aardman Animations) to sophisticated web development (both PC and mobile based). After producing client-pleasing work for numerous successful projects my contract was extended several times and, at the point when I chose to seek new challenges, totalled twenty months.
Quarto Publishing (2003 - present)
I co-authored the book 'Anatomy for Fantasy Artists' with 'Preacher' cover artist: Glen Fabry (published March 2005, ISBN 0-7641-2950-3) and wrote and illustrated 'Cartoon Clinic' (published March 2006, ISBN 0-7641-3257-1), a book on how to draw for cartoons and comics. Both have enjoyed considerable success with over 500,000 copies sold and translations available in more than ten languages.
My most recent book; 'The Story of Egmo' (a humorous fantasy novel for children) was chosen to front the first major child literacy campaign by the London Library Development Agency and the audio-book version has been downloaded more than 25,000 times (peaking at number 9 in the iTunes audio-book chart - retail and podcast), as has been serialised for Saint FM radio station. A spin-off story, 'Francis & Bunty', narrated by BBC presenter and comedian Adam Buxton, was used to publicise a hugely popular 2009 short-story writing competition.
Aardman Animations (2004)
I worked in the model making and post production departments as part of the large team responsible for the 'Creature Comforts' series. I gained invaluable insights into the workings of a premiere animation house and enjoyed being challenged to produce work of an extremely high standard to tight deadlines.
I am a keen, confident and skilled professional with a wide and varied range of industry experience. I love to be challenged and am always eager to push myself to produce original and striking results. I work well as part of a team in any role, and enjoy sharing skills and using each member's strengths to maximise the team's potential. As a developer I like to produce work using the Apple approach: Apps and sites that not only perform a function, but do it in a robust, unbreakable and intrinsic way which pleases the user. I have a very positive work ethic and voracious appetite to produce work which is bigger, better, and more original. I relish any opportunity to learn new skills and refine those I already have, and I genuinely take real pride in my work.
I am keenly socially and ethically aware and frequently participate in fundraising activities for the BHF (having entered the London to Paris, Oxford to Cambridge & London to Brighton bike rides et. al.), and have worked in two Oxfam shops. In 2008 I organised 'Classics by Candlelight', a baroque Christmas themed string quartet and harpsichord recital at a small country church in Essex, which raised £400 for CHESS (a local charity which helps the homeless) despite the church's capacity being just eighty. The concert garnered glowing reviews in the local press with one article suggesting that it was the best Christmas concert the reviewer had ever attended.
I have a zealous joie-de-vivre and always take the opportunity to try new things. In the past six months I have gone skydiving, eaten at 'The Fat Duck', recorded a reggae album, attended several operas, entered two marathons, started a college course, and learned to make the world's best Mojito.