I spent a long time in a purely technical role in IT Support before I took a leap to a position predominantly involving web publishing. Shortly afterwards I moved to my previous position as web-based Jack-Of-All-Trades in a small IT consultancy. I really enjoyed my time here, but the nature of both the role and the company meant that the work diverged from my career goal. As the company grew and developed relationships with other businesses, I was moved into other less creative projects and I realised that if I wanted to follow a creative path, sadly, I was going to have to find another company to do it with.
I’ve been fortunate to work with people that have shared their knowledge and resources, and I’ve kept my skills fairly sharp. I’ve also built a number of websites in my own time which illustrate my current approach to web design. These can be viewed in my online portfolio.
Summer 2008 - Current
Senior Web Technician / eCommerce ConsultantSpring-Summer 2008 Bankhall Investment Associates Limited Junior Web Designer
In order to keep my skills sharp and to continue to learn, I build and maintain websites on a freelance basis. I've also designed logos and packaging, T-shirt and pin badge designs.Summer 2001 - Spring 2008 Woolworths Group PLC IT Systems Second Line Support Analyst Project Development (secondment) IT Systems Support Helpdesk Analyst
I worked for the same company for over six years, in a variety of technical roles. I attempted to incorporate my HTML/CSS skills where possible within this job. Aside from this, I learned more about software design, which I think is valuable from a design perspective as much as a technical one. It was also an integral part of my role to deal with internal and external customers, so being able to communicate with all areas and levels of the business was invaluable. I was offered a short term secondment opportunity within the Project Development team, and successfully managed the rollout of a maintenance release for the stores’ ePOS software system. I was invited back to reprise my secondment following the previous year’s success. This time around I was responsible for designing and implementing a complex database-driven reporting system for stock availability.November 2003 - January 2005 Self-employed Freelance ASP.NET Developer
My roles within the design and development team varied considerably depending on both the contract and the client. My key areas of responsibility were design and production, particulary image manipulation and optimisation. I took a role in technical support in 2001 when there was a downturn in the web-design market. I remained in contact with the MD of Novidex on a consultancy basis following my employment.November 2000 - May 2001 eCampus LTD Web Designer / Developer
Out of professional courtesy I've not included sites I built whilst employed by Eventura. I can share these on request.
I’ve recently developed a little bit of an obsession with typefaces and typography. When done properly, it makes the world a more beautiful place, but ironically I find myself frustrated with the proliferation of badly-chosen fonts and poor punctation in shop signs and on product packaging. I think my wife is getting a little bored now with me pointing out Gill Sans on a bus advert or Bank Gothic on nightclub signage, or asking why a plumber’s van is emblazoned in Papyrus.
I'm fond of the semicolon; I think it brightens up a sentence. I probably overuse both that and the ellipsis…
I believe there's an art to selecting attractive stock photography; and that rarely includes 3D rendered images of stick men looking at jigsaw pieces or pictures of models in suits grinning and shaking hands. Yuck. That stuff belongs in the drawer with ’90s clip art and Comic Sans.
Clichés aren't always bad. I've wanted to use a bokeh effect in a design since before it was cool, I just never got round to it until now.
I’m a big fan of Photoshop, and I’ve had exposure to a number of versions. I also like Dreamweaver, although I tend to use it more as an IDE for hand coding, rather than taking advantage of its WYSIWYG functionality.
I test my designs in IE, Safari, Chrome and Opera, but I’m a Firefox guy at heart.
I’m incredibly loyal. I worked for the same company for seven years, and left my previous role in my fourth year. It took rather a while to come to the conclusion that I had to move on.
I will do a hard day’s work and will hang around to finish a job when it’s necessary. I’m a quick and enthusiastic learner. I like to think that’s what makes me a good problem solver. I work well with people, I believe that’s the best way to maximise strengths and minimise weaknesses, but I’ve proved my ability to work under my own initiative over the last couple of years and can prioritise my own workload.
I've used the Americanised spelling of “color” so frequently in writing stylesheets now, I have to think about it when I’m writing other stuff. I probably make loads of mistakes that nobody’s ever challenged me on…
I’m a good communicator and can distill complex subjects into simple ideas; I was described in recent feedback as being ‘good humoured, approachable, and have very clear and concise communication’, and having the ‘ability to pick things up quickly and relate them to less technically gifted individuals in a clear understandable way.’
I enjoy and appreciate a wide range of music, and pretend to play both the guitar and bass. I tend to read non-fiction, I like films with twists, and of course socialising with friends.
Tea, white, no sugar. Thanks.