I am a front end developer residing in Melbourne, Australia. My web development experience goes back over a decade - back to a time before I even had a home internet connection! These initial days consisted of experimenting with Netscape Composer, and led to me teaching myself HTML in high school. This interest followed through to my university days, having studied Multimedia Technology at Deakin University between 2004 and 2006.
Once out into the professional world, I have had the opportunity to develop web solutions for a wide range of clients including Sony, Telstra, SingTel and Westpac. For 4 years, I have also worked as a front end developer at News Corporation, delivering interactive content and core site features across many of Australia's most popular news destinations.
My professional skill-set primarily lies in front end development (HTML, CSS, JavaScipt), yet I occassionally venture out into other areas including PHP, MySQL and design.
My other interests include music production, appreciation, and performance.
From October through to December of 2015, I acted as a supporting front end developer for a project jointly delivered by consultancy Codeware and digital agency Red Hot Minute. The project was to deliver a new website for endota spa – the largest day spa network in Australia. In this project, I supported the lead front end developer. My role included coding responsive designs, developing HTML email templates, developing front-end interactivity, and resolving bugs.
Digital coverage for the 2014 State Election included a detailed candidate database for all seats (including a CMS for data management), a personality quiz to determine which major party you align best with, and seat counter tools & modules for use on election night.
As a part of the Herald Sun's digital education offerings, the VTAC Results product provides a means of displaying the university offers provided through VTAC for a given year. This way, potential university students can see where they have received an offer from, and acts as a useful alternative to official channels as they commonly experience performance issues upon release of the data. It allows searching by surname, course, and university, and provides a means of sharing on social media across different data views. A separate page/interactive module is also provided for second round offers.
News Corp. Australia's Pride of Australia campaign provides recognition to the local heroes among our community. I was tasked with development of the 2014 iteration of the site, which would be syndicated to serveral of News' websites. As a part of this work, I was also tasked with creating an online voting module allowing members of the public to vote in the 'people's choice' award.
Personality quizzes are those that tell the user something about themselves e.g. 'Which game of thrones character are you?'. News Corp Australia has used the personality quiz engine I built for several purposes including entertainment, and determining a reader's political alignment. This project involved developing two style templates, an internal CMS, and the scripts on which the quizzes are built.
This revamped version of the Herald Sun's Cold Case database features many of the unsolved Homicide cases in Victoria. This interactive module allows for easy searching and filtering, social sharing, and embedding into stories. A custom CMS was also built to manage this database. It also offers improvements over the original including mobile support, and significant performance improvements.
Run for the Kids is an annual fun run event that raises money for the Royal Children's Hospital. The Herald & Weekly Times largely organises the event, and so also looks after the website. In 2012 I was tasked with rebuilding their website, giving it a fresher design, ease of maintenance (Wordpress), and mobile support (responsive).
To coincide with a newspaper campaign, The Weekly Times requested some branding changes to their website. These changes included new colours, an updated header design, and a new carousel for promotional images.
Image Sliders are interactive slideshows showing a series of related images to provide a deeper understanding on a topic. The Image Slider system I built for News Corp. supports multiple platforms (including support for their iPad app), and several configuration options such as what animation and interaction types to use.
As a part of the Herald Sun's digital education offerings, the VCE Top Scorers product provides a means of displaying the VCE results of high achieving students. It allows searching by school, subject or surname, and provides a means of sharing on social media across different data views.
Before & After image sliders are a popular interactive module in image-based news coverage, typically used to demonstrate the effects of large scale distasters. This piece of work involved re-developing News Corp.'s Before & After slider, making it more lightweight, easier to manage, and providing better mobile support.
This project involved re-engineering the Herald Sun's popular weekly sport quiz from the legacy Flash implementation. It utilizes Polldaddy as a CMS with custom styling to mimic the existing interface and provide mobile support.
The original version of the Herald Sun Cold Case Database provided a means for readerst to explore the state's various cold cases. It included filtering and search controls, maps, and was controlled by a custom built CMS.
As a part of the Herald Sun's digital education offerings, the Results Guide product provides a means of displaying the anticipated entry requirements for various university courses. This means students can gauge in advance what scores they should hope to achieve. It allows searching by course and university, and provides a means of sharing on social media across different data views.