Scotty Brand :: Pixar's Brave Facebook App and Website Updates
Scotty Brand, a Billington Cartmell client, is a leading vegetable brand sold in the majority of supermarkets. Scotty had teamed up with Disney and Pixar for the launch of Brave, the animated movie about a red-haired Scottish girl on an adventure. I was responsible for the build of the Facebook App which contained a simple game with ‘Magic Moments’, predefined winning times so users who took part could randomly and securely win prizes. Other features included the ability to check unique urns form on-pack codes and deliver prizes and coupon vouchers against them too.
Line :: WordPress Consultancy & Build
Line Communications is a market leader in bespoke e-learning content development with clients including Barclays, KPMG, Ford and Toyota. I was contracted by them to update and improve their existing WordPress-based website. Working closely with their marketing departmant to work out their new requirements and ways they currently used their site, I reinstalled WordPress, imported their data, updated the existing plugins whilst checking comptibility, and then updated their bespoke theme in a variety of ways including:
Making the theme compatible with the improved functionality of WordPress 3.0.
Updating the design to incorporate the new site designs from the supplied PhotoShop files.
Adding an elegantly degrading post slideshow that works in Internet Explorer 6.
Adding the ability to seamlessly pull in their Twitter content and YouTube channel.
Integra CLO :: WordPress Site
Integra Community Living Options provides residential support and rehabilitation for men and women with enduring mental health issues and complex needs between the ages of 18 to 64. I was commissioned by them to build a new website to replace their rather dated original site.
Built using WordPress, the site closely follows their branding guidelines to produce a clean, simple interface enabling visitors to find exactly what they want, easily. The site was setup to be instantly scalable and self managed by their various staff.
Gracelands Yard :: BuddyPress Site
Gracelands yard is basically a collective of alternative therapists and practitioners working together to offer a vast array of health therapies.
I was asked to build a site that complemented their easy going surroundings and philosophy whilst conveying a wealth of information about the services and classes on offer. I used a multisite instance of wordpress and added the powerful buddypress plugin.
Each practioner had their own sub domain microsite within the gracelands umbrella site enabling them to control and administer their own content on the site whilst contributing as editors to the main site. Each sub domain also had the ability to render as a bespoke standalone site too. Groups and forums were also requested although they haven’t seen much use yet!
Ki Performance :: Chief Technical Officer for StartUp
I was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ki Performance, a leading health and wellbeing provider to primarily manage their technical relationships with third parties, spec and develop white-labelled health and diet portals and create affiliate technologies that could increase sales opportunities. It was a very hands on role with considerable time was spent using Open Source, namely WordPress and Magento.
Whilst there i was also designed and built a rich media campaign to increase armband sales and even planned and deployed the placements of these ads on Google’s Ad Network. Additionally I had to maintain and develop their ASP-based ecommerce site, their Word Press-based blog, their YouTube channel and other online press and PR.
Internally, I was involved with the day to day running of the business, acting as a catalyst to working smarter at every opportunity. Areas included creating a content archive, introducing cloud-based collaboration including the externalising of all communications and creating an in house support ticketing system utilising trellis desk.
Substantial time was also spent investigating the migration of their current .ASP eCommerce store to an open source Magento-based system.
OS-Digital :: WordPress Site
I have just finished a new wordpress-based website for Outsorcery, a leading London-based creative studio. Its a portfolio-based site with a crisp, modern design. Features included dynamic content dependant on page keywords and an interactive flash based portfolio section. It was built as a child theme of my own D1g1tal theme.
Digital :: Social Network in BuddyPress
Have just finished a social network-based site for my company, Digital, that’s based on the BuddyPress platform albeit with a lot of advanced, bespoke functionality.
Lots of clever features including voice communication, groups, forums, chatrooms (public and private), member-only content and the ability to build your own sites. Check it out.
VoiceApps :: New Business Venture
Voice-enabled applications and services
VoiceApps is taking communications to the next level by utilizing the latest technologies to offer advanced voice-enabled applications and services for both business and personal use.
VoiceApps product and service range includes:
Corporate Communications Tools
Call Center Plug-ins
Mobile Apps (iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian OS)
Social Networking Apps (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo)
E-Ticketing & V-Ticketing
SMS (computer to mobile and mobile to computer)
Sonic Triggers and Audio Commercials
Automated Voice to Text Transcription
Advanced Call Management
Drive Business :: Technical Director
I was appointed Drive Businesses Technical Director to primarily install process and bring strategy and innovation to this rapidly expanding, ecommerce provider whose clients included Bench, Gant, Reiss, All Saints, Hooch and celebrities like Kelly Brook and Randy Jackson. The majority of my time was taken up liaising with these lead clients and assisting with their digital strategies to push sales both in store and online through good use of technology. I also was responsible for assisting in client pitches in both a creative and technical capacity.
Other areas included:
A full evaluation of their existing ecommerce platform, enrich, and the scoping of a new, improved version whilst using Magento for inspiration.
Organising the company-wide use of a centrally-managed asset and project management tool (Jira) that massively improved transparency and accountability within their Scottish head office and their London and LA offices too.
Working out the logistics and process to transfer all existing client sites and platforms over to Rackspace.
Writing new SLA’s to vicariously extend Rackspace’s own SLA’s and investigating service insurance policies.
Ensuring that all test scripts are accurate
Separating Logic and Design in site builds via templating, specifically smarty templates.
Instigating user data analysis to follow user journeys & behaviours in order to increase conversions.
Introducing the use of Adobe Scripts to enable easy batching of tedious image tasks on and off site.
Improving Localisation on platform by instigating multiple currencies
Noble Art :: eCommerce Store in Magento
Noble Art is a highly successful English company that produces giftware and souvenirs for worldwide distribution. I have built them a beautiful, engaging shop with a one page checkout built combining the power of Magento, the world’s best open source ecommerce platform.