Whilst Natives Lead Creative Technologist I worked for SFR, Frances leading telephone, mobile and broadband provider (part of Vivendi the group). The projects I was involved in ranged from the research, design and build of their next generation set-top box featuring plenty of ground-breaking entertainment and home-orientated technologies accessed via an advanced HTML5 UI. The majority of my work was based on the User Interface and User Experience side and involved numerous tasks including Prototyping UIs, investigating technologies, recruiting the necessary IOS, Android and HTML5 developers and regularly visiting France to discuss and present the progress with the client SFR. In addition i was also responsible for evaluating and improving their range of cloud based business SAS services.
Please note the images displayed are not the products created as they are under strict NDA and will not be released until 2016.
HP Sprout :: Lead Creative Technologist
One of the most interesting projects i worked on whilst at Native Design, the leading Integrated Product designs, was to completely redesign and attempt to reinvent the concept of a traditional home-based pc for their client, HP. The work done was under strict NDA but the product is due to be released at CES 2015. The platform was Windows 8 but the majority of features required constant communication with Microsoft in order to enquire whether certain features and settings could be modified or enhanced. The project included the research and implementation of an extra ordinary array of technology, and with it challenges, including dual Windows 8 touch screens, object recognition and gesture and voice control, Bluetooth LE etc. The project also included the creation of a modified Windows 8 experience so I also was responsible for recruiting the necessary XAML developers. The project was run in an agile, sprint-based environment that utilised both GitHub and HipChat.
In addition i was also involved in the creation of concepts for the HP 2015 Laptop range.
It also was considered one of the top 10 items launched at CES 2015:
Albert Bartlett :: Global Website Platform
Whilst at Billington Cartmell we built a global website platform for Albert Bartlett, the leading grower, packager and suppliers of potatoes. The client wanted a platform that could scale efficiently over time and permit a range of sites from full functionality localised sites enabling each territory to maintain autonomy through bespoke content, varying tone of voice and look and feel.
The platform was based on a heavily modified version of WordPress running in multisite mode and had eCRM functionality built in as well for seamless email marketing via Campaign Monitors API. We built the site on a Twitter Bootstrap-based framework enabling both wire-framing, IA and prototyping to be done in the browser with pixel perfect designs and layouts that could be ‘coloured in’ after approval. This novel and time-efficiently approach saved a lot of time and money compared to similar projects.
Other bits of functionality included a database of their suppliers that populated an Ajax-based map, a compete product section, clever url rewriting and an interactive history of the brand.
The following is my quote taken from the press release:
“Utilising the latest technology we’ve built a solid technical foundation for Albert Bartlett to launch and explore various market opportunities with the greatest efficiency and minimal cost. Developed upon a modular based platform, heavily customised by our in-house developers, features can be added and removed from any channel or individual sites at will. Additionally content can be centrally managed and then pushed to individual territories sites for localisation by the client or the local agency….”
I was asked to be a technical consultant by Ibiza Delivers, an exciting Ibiza-based start-up, that aims to be the Balerics answer to Ocardo. They wanted a robust eCommerce store with real-time functionality to enable a multitude of advanced requirements including Multiple suppliers with perishable stock, Warehouse packaging, Member based services and Lorry distribution management.
With my significant eCommerce experience, having technically directed the likes of All Saints, Reiss and Gants eCommerce stores, they came to me seeking professional advise on the best approach to take.
I setup a Lamp testing server running Magento, researched and installed the suitable extensions and created a test site in order for them to assess the proposed route of action albeit with some bespoke advanced functionality missing.
Having proved the concept to them in was then responsible for the selection of a suitable company to facilitate the remaining advanced, bespoke customisations and host the service with watertight SLA.
I am retained on an ad hoc basis and continue to offer technical and creative advise.
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.