- Drupal module development
- Drupal theming
- API integration
- Apache SOLR
- Responsive layouts
- Mobile first
- Multilingual websites
- ARIA Accessibility
- Flash AS3 (OOP)
During my 15 months as a contractor at Catch Digital I worked on a variety of Drupal projects both in-house and out of office for high profile UK clients. I also took pride in taking time out during the day to teach junior developers Drupal skills and best practice procedures. Despite having returned to Australia, I still work on projects from time-to-time for Catch Digital and hope to work with them again when I return to London.
In 2010 I started working with Cecile Park Conferences to design and build a website that would allow office staff to create conference microsites in-house without having to hire a developer. My work with Cecile Park Conferences has continued ever since with minor site extensions and updates.
My position at the Crocodile was my first position in London and gave me a great chance to gain exposure with UK clients and the fast paced European agency environment. Many campaigns had to be translated in 5 - 6 languages which gave me a deep insight into the difficulties of translating copy whilst maintaining design and structure. After leaving my permanent position at The Crocodile I continued to work as a contract developer for them and, whenever I'm in London, still go for beers with them.
In Australia, and throughout my TAFE course, I held a position as an in-house web developer at Contemporary Arts Media, an independent educational film production and distribution company.
In November 2012 I was tasked with building a Drupal 7 powered website and intranet for the Victorian Government Solicitors Office. Working as an independent contract with close contact to the IT department, I helped build and deliver a responsive and engaging web experience that gave the VGSO more of a 'law firm' look as opposed to the 'government' look they had been brandishing since their last website launch. Migration of 1000's of high profile users as well as LDAP exchange integration, Varnish and memcache acceleration and creating a fully function Faceted SOLR powered search (that even scans PDF's and PPT's using TIKA) kept the job engaging and challenging. The project had high demands on code quality and accessibility whilst also giving me the opportunity to push the expectations of what a government Organization expects out of their website.
RMIT University's Advanced Diploma of Multimedia gave me a perfect opportunity to learn about the creative side of digital media as well as develop new programming and workplace skills. I graduated with a distinction average and in the final year won the award for the best interactive project in the course.
Being primarily a Drupal developer I've recently focused more on contributing back to the Drupal.org community through issue queues, sandbox modules and getting involved in conferences. I've submitted patches to Acquia Commons and a few community contributed modules as well as offered advice on IRC to other Drupal developers. In the past couple of years I've attended Drupal meets in London as well as Drupal Camps in Holland, Spain and the UK. You can see my recent Drupal.org profile at http://drupal.org/user/1633774.
I'm currently in Melbourne, Australia and will be looking for new Drupal contracts in 2012. I'm available to work in-office and enjoy working with other designers and developers.
My Mobile number in Australia is 0450 227 542.