Web Design Portfolio
I love designing websites, and I pride myself on the ability to work with any code base or content management system. My design and development portfolio demonstrates I’m not lying when I say “I can style anything”. I create high quality, accessible, standards compliant sites whether they’re running on Ruby on Rails, Drupal, WordPress, or any other platform.
I also increasingly work on other applications for front end development. I’ve worked extensively on building the MyGuy Fantasy Sports game within the Viggle app, and continue to work on web applications for mobile and tablet devices.
I joined Viggle, Inc the week that the Viggle app – the first rewards program for watching TV – launched for iPhone. I led the front end team in the development of the new viggle.com website, which launched in September 2012. The site is a bespoke WordPress template, with heavy modifications and a number of custom plugins. It also utilizes the Viggle API to access information from the app itself, pulling in information such as the featured shows carousel and rewards catalogue. The site is fully responsive, using the same code base with CSS media queries to display content effectively across all types of devices.
In addition to the Viggle website, I also work heavily on HTML5 engagements within the app itself, e.g. the MyGuy Fantasy Sports game.
- Platform: WordPress, Compass, HTML5 Boilerplate, Susy Responsive Grids
- URL: viggle.com
TerraCycle was a great opportunity for me. I had sole responsibility for all the front-end web design and implementation of a $20 million turnover company that’s one of the fastest growing in the world. The complex site template runs on a custom Ruby on Rails platform, and the front end is implemented with HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery. I implemented a code structure that allows for implementation across multiple country specific sites (over 20 currently live) – including allowances for a right-to-left language versions such as TerraCycle Israel.
- Platform: Ruby on Rails
- URL: terracycle,net
During a period working on a contract basis with Livelink New Media I implemented the front end design of the Monoflo website. My work on this site is very much code focused; I was implementing a design that had previously been completed and approved. There were certainly a couple of challenges with the dynamic menus on the site, and I had some flexibility in working on solutions to make a complex parts search functionality work well from a user perspective.
- Platform: Drupal
- URL: monoflo.com
Inside Lancashire Magazine
The Inside Lancashire Magazine website was the second project I worked on with Livelink New Media. Again it was a case of implementing a design that had previously been confirmed, converting a Photoshop file into a working website. The staging site was suffering from a badly implemented use of Panels and so I essentially recoded the front-end of this Drupal site to achieve the full design specification successfully.
- Platform: Drupal
- URL: insidelancashire.co.uk
Some time ago I wrote what proved to be a relatively controversial article on the perils of bespoke content management systems. I was contacted by the team behind The Natter, who were looking to start a regional features magazine in Manchester, England, and had been quoted some extortionate prices. I designed a heavily customized WordPress website on a more reasonable budget, which allowed them to successfully launch The Natter. The site design has been updated since I worked on it (I think they’re on version 2 of their theme), but much of the general aesthetic and underlying code remains similar.
- Platform: WordPress
- URL: The Natter closed down in April 2012.
The Anime Network
The Anime Network provides online access and cable on demand anime throughout the US. At the end of 2008 they were looking to completely redesign their website, focusing far more on video content delivery, enhancing their already active user community. I was lucky enough to have a heavy influence on the overall design of the site, as well as the code implementation using the Joomla! content management system. The front-end design has been updated since I left, but the code is largely what I implemented.
Working with The Anime Network for a year let me work closely with Billy Catherall. That proved worthwhile when he became IT Director at TerraCycle, because when it became clear they needed to bring their web design in-house, he knew that his back-end skills and my front-end skills complemented each other well. So esssentially my time at The Anime Network was also responsible for me getting a job at TerraCycle.
- Platform: Joomla!
- URL: theanimenetwork.com
Veredus Executive Resourcing
Veredus Executive Resourcing is the executive recruitment arm of Capita, one of the UK’s top 100 companies. In addition to working on their main website, I also owner their microsite business, designing and launching over 100 microsites focused on individual clients’ recruitment activity. I also had the opportunity to be heavily involved in the Veredus rebranding and redesign in 2007. That’s still an integral part of the website in terms of graphics, layout and general aesthetics, although it appears that the site itself has moved to a Sharepoint platform since I left.
- Platform: .NET (now moved to Sharepoint)
- URL: veredus.co.uk