Streetlife is a local social network that allows neighbours to discuss local issues and help each other out. I worked at Streetlife as a Software Engineer.
Playfire is a VC-backed social networking startup aimed at gamers. I worked for Playfire full-time as their sole frontend developer.
Simplifydigital is an Ofcom-accredited price comparison website that searches digital TV, broadband and home phone packages to find the best deal.
What I do
HTML and CSS
First and foremost, I am a frontend developer. I have excellent knowledge of HTML and CSS, and keep up-to-date with emerging standards. I like to use CSS preprocessors such as LESS and SASS, but understand the importance of not getting carried away. I've learnt the hard way that selector efficiency is of actual importance, especially on mobile.
I am well-versed in using package management tools like npm and build systems such as Gulp.
Python, Django and Flask
I also have experience of back-end development, particularly with regards to integrating the frontend side of things. I currently favour Python and Django, having used these two technologies (as well as the Jinja templating language) for a number of years both at Playfire and Streetlife. I love how fast concepts can be turned into working applications using this combination of technologies. I am am a fast learner and am open to learning how to integrate my frotend code with whatever backend technologies are in use.
Repsonsiveness for mobile is no longer optional. I am comfortable not only ensuring that designs respond well to different screen sizes and resolutions, but also ensuring that sites load fast on mobile devices. Chrome DevTools' network tab coupled with ADB for debugging rendering bottlenecks on mobile devices is something that I find to be incredibly useful at times.
I have been using Photoshop for over a decade and know the software very well. As you might expect, I am especially adept at using it for the production of web graphics (even though it is less integral these days due to what you can achieve with advanced CSS).
HTML email creation
I have created HTML emails for Playfire, BSkyB and Simplifydigital which have been tested as fully working in all major email clients (including Outlook). It's a thankless task but somebody has to slice up those images!
Last but not least...
I have a passion for what I do. That's pretty important! I spend my free time working on personal projects because, well, learning is fun. Check out some of my favourite personal projects.
"I see Brad as frontend SAS."