WPMotion :: Touch, Swipe, Gesture WordPress

I have just completed WPMotion a premium wordpress theme and potentially a web service too. This site is currently running in it. Its designed with portfolio and presentation sites in mind and allows you to navigate with click, touch, swipe and even gesture via leap motion. It utilises Reveal JS and supports all standard wordpress functionality (posts, pages, attachments, categories, tags, search, comments, galleries etc). Check it out at www.wpmotion.net.

BAT :: Android and IOS Social Location App

Whilst at Hogarth I was required to build a multi-language location based app for BAT. It used a wealth of APIs including Gigya for social login, GoogleMaps for Maps, Foursquare for locations and others for age verification etc. The idea was to show users the best places to smoke in specific cities like London, Zurich and Seoul. It was built for both Android and IOS and i was involved at every stage from numerous meetings with client, the UX, the UI, the recruitment of the wider team, code reviews and the occasional rewrite. The backend platform was built upon WordPress and utilised a clever MongoDB based API, it was hosted on an Amazon EC2 server that i also setup.

Bowers and Wilkins :: UI, UX & Mobile Applications

Whilst working as the lead Creative Technologists at Native Design I was involved in numerous projects for and client meetings with their client Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) the leading speaker and headphone manufacturer. My work is under a very strict NDA and the products will not be out for another year or so. I am permitted to say that the products both involved JukeBlox and BluetoothLE and services such as Spotify, one of B&W’s lead partners, AirPlay by Apple and both Android and IOS Mobile applications.

Billington Cartmell, Brave and Closer Live :: Technical Director

I was appointed Technical Director of Billington Cartmell (www.bcl.co.uk), their sister adverting agency, Brave (www.brave.co.uk) and their experiential arm, Closer (www.closerlive.co.uk) in January 2012. The group of companies between them represent a phenomenal array of leading clients including Carlsberg, Panasonic, Sennheiser, Philips, Unilever, Kraft, GSK, Lexus, Morrisons and Ernst & Young.

British Olympic Association / Team GB :: Technical Direction

I was at KitKattNohr Digitas, a top global Digital agency that’s part of the Publicis Group, to bring technical leadership to a range of private and public websites for the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB and the British Olympic Association (BOA). I am heavily in all areas of the Olympics based projects, from board level discussions with KNDs new merger-driven management team (Paul Kitkatt / Mark Nohr), to working with and overseeing creative’s, writing business and technical documentation, helping manage budgets and project burn, dealing daily with the client on a range of technical and non-technical issues, managing self appointed and client appointed third-parties, recruiting and managing developers, both in house and remote, and even managing to find the time to write some great code and offer inspirational leadership! The 6 websites are all built using Drupal 7 and leverage the advantages of a multisite Drupal configuration. Additional modules, including Organic Groups, Views, Mollum, WYSIWYG and Backup, are used and great care was taken to ensure the stability and maturity of these modules before signing off their acceptance within the build. The responsive grid-based theme framework, Omega, was chosen for the project predominately for its native support of HTML5 but also because of its liquid design principals and graceful degradation. Traditional (‘waterfall’), agile and prototyping build processes all used within the project and all the project management was done via MS Project and Jira.

The websites built for the Olympics were:

  1. New main website for the London2012 Olympics (www.olympics.org.uk)
  2. A secure Athlete Accreditation Site
  3. Campaign Micro site for ‘Join Our Greatest Team’ campaign that also featured advanced Flash
  4. Private partner-facing Olympic Pledge site for all Olympic sponsors employees
  5. A community and forum based site for the friends and families of Olympians
  6. A video driven ‘welcome pack’ site for UK athletes who have been selected

* All sites had an accessibility implementation of Double A, and graded browser support to include IE6. ** Mobile and IOS support was also included.

Below is a brief summary of my work:

  • Heavily client-facing. I was the single technical contact point for the multiple projects, my role included the presenting of ideas, board level discussions and multiple technical and business-related meetings
  • Researched and agreed the requirements for a bespoke sports based CMS for both web and screen based (offices, Olympic village etc) content during the 2012 Olympics that enabled two communication from athletes to the public and the public back to the athletes
  • Conception of ideas with creative’s and identifying technologies to enhance the sites functional creativity and overall stickiness (like using databases to create rich immersive comment driven digital walls in the athletes village)
  • Third party technology provider discussion, evaluation and leadership including ePlayer, Movergy, GBSports TV, InfoStrada, YouTube, AnchorFan, Gigya and Getty
  • Installation, configuration and evaluation of social networking and DMS technologies (open source and commercial) for use within the campaign elements of the site.
  • Technical meetings with other relevant organisations  like the IOC and Locog and sponsors like BP, Mini, Cadburys and TechnoGym
  • The facilitating of widget-based API, MRSS and RSS based data sources for real-time content
  • Dealing with Rackspace, Amazon and Akamai and identifying and arranging suitable cloud servers, load balancing, content delivery networks and security
  • Full content audits of legacy Olympic sites by Haymarket and Cisco.
  • Mitigating against loss of data, establishing ownership of the  different types of data, the selection and installation of SSL and arranging for Penetration Testing by a ethical hacking organisation
  • Writing test scripts and organising internal and remote QA
  • UX, Wire-Framing, Mind Mapping and Prototyping

In addition other work I achieved for KitKattNohr Digitas includes:

  • Helped instigate process and working methodology within KitKattNohr Digitas by meeting with all key directors and identifying concerns (Accounts, Planning, Project Management, Creative and Tech)
  • Interviewing and hiring of technical and front end staff including high-level Drupal developers
  • Working closely with Graphic Designers to ensure maximum leverage of liquid designs, the responsive grid and limit ‘over design’ at early stages of the project

T-Mobile :: Androids Launch in the UK

Whilst at Saatchi and Saatchi I was responsible for technically overseeing the launch of the Android platform in the UK for TMobile. Items included the creation of the UK’s first Android game, an AS3 Flash micro site and a wealth of online advertising for the UK launch of the G1 Phone from Google (the UKs first Android phone). The G1 Mapping Game / Engine utilised the new Open Source mobile Android operating system and could be played on the phone or downloaded as a Open Source SDK from T-Mobile to assist developers to develop new, map-based games. The AS3 site also included a game with full database driven scoring and viral functionality. Throughout both projects I had to liaise regularly with Google, their business and technical contacts and the our games developers. In addition to this, I also managed a series of multi-lingual rich-media banner campaigns including one for the launch of the new G1 Phone from Google and assisted in the procurement of suitable external companies to work on a new dance-based avatar’ campaign.

The G1 Mapping Game – The UKs first Android Game

The G1 Website

The G1 Banner

Dance Off

Double Your Credit Campaign Website

Double Your Credit Campaign Banners

JWT :: Creative Developer

I was primarily employed to work on the Shell account as their Creative Developer advising both the client and colleagues and developing applications and sites. In addition other clients i worked on whilst there included Heineken, MTV, the Metropolitan Police and Merrill Lynch. Over time however, being the only ‘permanent developer’ in JWT I became more involved with JWT-specific work, driven by JWT’s Global Creative Director, Craig Davis. Other work included WordPress sites, evaluating various open source cms packages and giving lessons to JWT’s employees on all things Digital.

JWT :: Digital Seminars for JWT’s employees

I advocated and was encouraged to hold a series of seminars for JWT employees about the internet, interactive marketing, emerging-technologies, open source and web 2:0. Each was designed to give a simple, un-technical approach to educating ‘advertising people’ on all things digital.

JWT :: Desktop Apps for PC, Adobe Air & Mac

I was responsible for conceptualizing, writing the specifications and developing numerous JWT-based applications during my time there. The most significant was the ‘JWT Thing’ which was a windows (desktop application compiled via Zinc) and also a Mac dash board widget that enabled users to view, add and query a variety of relevant blogs (internal and external) that were deemed of interest to the agencies’ employees, Every employee within JWT London had this application on their computer. The backend consisted of modifying the open source software, WordPress to facilitate the advanced functionality that was required. Other projects I assisted with were the CultUrl application (viewing and submitting the companies’ favorite urls) and JWT Showcase, an interactive database-driven work portfolio.

JWT :: 3D Page Turning Photo Book for Office Party

Created a 3D Page Turning Photo Book in Flash to show all the photos taken from the JWT Christmas Party. The book was entitled, “You show me yours and I’ll show you mine” and enabled visitors to leave comments too.

Live Group :: Code optimization for PDA voting software

Fixing bugs that they were experiencing when running their interactive Flash-based research and polling software on PDA’s via wireless networks. I was also responsible for optimising the performance.

Pelagon :: Flash UI for .NET Print Annotation Software

Responsible for redeveloping the Flash front-end, ironing out any existing bugs and adding additional functionality. The finished product had the ability for users to annotate, edit and preview their print jobs remotely, create different levels of users, follow amendment histories and collaborate in real-time.

Electronic Arts (EA) :: UI for Harry Potter (PC, XBox, PS2, Game Cube)

I was responsible for resolving the numerous issues they were facing whilst using Flash for the first time in as a UI within their games. The game in question was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The majority of the issues were related to localisation, i.e. dynamically rendering 15 different languages, including Japanese, on a variety of games platforms including the XBOX, GameCube, PlayStation and PC – all within a very tight graphical framework. The following are random pictures related to the game.