I'm a father of three children with a background in creative technologies. Initially music and video production then evolving into web development. This initially commenced with building Wordpress CMS sites for small business clients and soon evolved into looking at the code & frameworks behind this such as HTML, CSS and the SEO elements important for building up client’s online presence.
Examples: Client working in the holistic therapy sector:
Created and Co Director of a Coffee listing company on the web (Roaster Depot). Currently list over 430 of the UK and Ireland’s coffee roasters:
This led to me landing a place on the Tech Returners course in which the full stack of web development was covered. Previous to this I’ve freelanced and ran a business in video production. I am self-motivated and a keen problem solver with the necessary initiative to work autonomously when needed but also thrive working in a team environment.
I created projects and apps using the full stack learned and developed on the Tech Returners programme. Front end and Back end development using HTML, CSS, REACT, BOOTSTRAP, JS, AWS LAMBDA, SQL, GITHUB. Understanding of the methodologies behind UX & UI.
I'm also very interested in the methodologies of UX UI something I’m currently exploring and developing further (via online courses and meet-ups and meeting with members of the industry.
The Back-end enabled us to look at AWS Lambda, API Gateway, Serverless Framework, SQL, Mysql library, Express, AWS RDS. Within VSC, ESLint was installed to analyse my code and quickly find problems (such as Syntax).
Studied Video Production and Sound Engineering Technology. Created video and audio content for businesses. Filming in High Definition video and photography and editing using tech tools such as Final Cut Pro Suite, Soundtrack Pro, and Adobe Creative Suite. This would often mean travelling to locations to record (video and audio) on various sites (which could be building sites, places of education or 5 star hotels). Technical skills were nurtured during this time but just as importantly personal, confidence and social skills were further developed.
I ran a business as a videographer, video editor and sound and audio creator. Produced video and animation media content for business and education. Skills were again polished further in this business. The company was split between myself and the other director. I maintained the video and sound production side whilst my business partner ran the animation and web side.
I carried out a house renovation project completed self taught: electrical work (complete mains and lighting rewire); lighting design and implementation and fully wired home network (Cat6 and node zero with media server).
My middle 15 year old daughter struggles with Autism with comes with many challenges, but these ultimately have been navigated successfully and have had a profound and positive effect.
Latterly I branched out into web development after discovering an aptitude for creating small scale websites, building CMS websites for small businesses. An important aspect of this is meeting clients on a personal level in order to find out exactly what they are about, what I am about and how we could work together.
I'm hugely passionate about creative industries, primarily through the medium of technology.
I've always been involved with various forms of technology since I was a young child. Growing up I had to build up my own equipment to facilitate producing music (often soldering audio cables to achieve the desired effects). This led me to progressing through college and University studying music and video production technology and sound engineering - all facilitated by computer systems. I also design through computer technologies too.
I've used tech in my home by building a central media network hub (using CAT6 cabling) and using a central server to maintain media libraries (then along came Netflix and Spotify - I’m conscious that technology moves very fast!). I've eventually evolved into web development after trying my hand at building websites after discovering a passion for this and its many challenges.
Looking at businesses with a flair for creating, that are challenging and evolving to keep up with the fast paced trends within this vast industry. Web development including UX UI and Front End roles (React, Angular, Vue et al) is the environment I'm looking for.