Natedesigns




Nate | Nathan TW Taylor

I am a creative, hard working and keen web developer. I am currently involved in front-end, IOS and WordPress development. I enjoy this range of work due to its challenging, varied but yet visually rewarding solutions. I have 4 years commercial experience at a national company serving varied solutions, and 8 years previous experience as a graphic designer working on anything from magazine design, digital advertising to brand design.

Key Skills

  • WordPress / PHP : 2 years
  • HTML / CSS / jQuery / Javascript : 4 Years
  • IOS / Objective-c : 1 year
  • Package Managers (NPM) / Dependency Managers (Bower) / SASS
  • Bootstrap / Roots – Sage / Laravel
  • Project Software : Basecamp, Bugzilla, SVN, GIT (Tower / GitHub)
  • Highly proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, notably InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator

Employment

01/05/12 to now | Archant Information Services Web Developer

Working within a multi-disciplined web environment on long to short term projects. From a 120+ site responsive upgrade of our websites, to short change requests. Other tasks include supporting commercial teams, scripts for departmental solutions, design, bug fixing and general development.

GIT I lead the team on bringing about a GIT process, whereby we have weekly releases for front-end code that is used globally across all our sites, or changes that effect our CMS. This has been so successful that we have moved to the server-side team using GIT.

Site Speed After some commercially led additions, our sites were performing below average. I lead our team on a rapid assessment of what was impacting our pages, then subsequently the stabilisation of our sites. Analysing web data in this way, has made me approach builds in a more more critical fashion.

Apple IOS App In the background of my daily responsibilities, I have been working on a white label IOS app for the daily newspaper titles. This is currently in the app store, and has also been rolled out to 7 other titles, 5 of which are in the app store.

Responsive Upgrade (website / design / team lead) Part of a team which brought about an upgrade to enable our 120+site portfolio to be responsive and mobile friendly. This involved building new elements for our CMS to meet requirements and deploying the upgrade and re-building parts if not all of each site. (www.greatbritishlife.co.uk | html/css/jQuery/cms)

InDesign Scripts Scripts to aid publishing department personnel to minimise resource costings on each publishing job. The estimated average savings per year of £32,000. (javascript)

01/02/13 to now | Freelance – Natedesigns

Average Joes Blog / Average Janes Blog (WordPress) Requirement was to implement a gallery lightbox for the post page. Due to legacy content, this involved a custom script to put a link around all post images, liaising with AJB’s host, database migrations, and then successfully completing a WordPress upgrade.(www.averagejoesblog.com | html/css/jQuery/sql/wordpress/database migration/theme/upgrade/regex)

Vancouver Quarter (website / app / training) A custom WordPress build for Kings Lynn shopping mall. Using modern web technologies with Roots Sage as a foundation WordPress template. (www.vancouverquarter.com | html/css/jQuery/wordpress/theme)

Lanes Jewellers E-Commerce (website / app / training) A custom E-Commerce WordPress build for Lanes Jewellers in Holt. Using WooCommerce for the shopping part of the site to hook into WordPress. (www.lanes.co.uk | html/css/jQuery/wordpress/e-commerce/theme)

Other Freelance Clients include:

CareerBuilder, LiftShare, Barndeen Restaurants Ltd, Addicted Content, Basketball in the Community, NetMatters, Tops Property Services, Chez Denis Restaurant and Kings & Co Letting Agency.

14/01/12 to 01/05/12 | Archant Commercial Web Developer

Commercial Projects – Top75, EDP Future 50, Herts Business Awards and support Archant Community / Regional in their online presence. Migrate old static Dreamweaver sites into dynamic WordPress solutions, re-designing old sites, bug-fixes, advert implementation.

14/03/08 to 01/02/12 | Archant Creative Department – Graphic Designer

Top75 / EDP Future50 / Jobs24 Fair / Business Awards / Tourism BusinessSurvey EDP Business specific projects liaising with editors, marketing business manager and sponsors to ensure deadlines and product meets expectations.

Anglia Afloat – Editorial Design Page design/layouts for a bi-monthly magazine. Introduced new brand and magazine re-design to increase sales revenue and readership.

Drive24 – Technician/Trainer Facilitate new dealers by demonstrating and training them on the back-of-house software, manage their problems, communicate with both software developers and advertising representatives.

Working on magazine/paper/digital specific adverts/briefs as an integral part of my day-to-day schedule.

Archant Publication Services Commercial Person of the Year 2011 Archant Publication Services Editorial Person of the Year 2010

6/03/06 to 14/03/08 | Design Studio Operator, Archant

Advert design, amendments,and proofing to clients; responding to brief of client or representative. Newspaper layout for print. Deadline management of 60+ newspaper/magazines.

Education and Qualifications

2002 to 2005 | BA Hons Graphic Design, Norwich School of Art and Design (NSAD) (2.1) The course covered a broad span of fundamental design disciplines. Module components consisting of advertising, publishing, animation, photography and illustration. I specialised in design for publishing.

2001 to 2002 | Foundation Art and Design Btec National Diploma, NSAD (Merit) Specialised in Graphic Design leading onto the BAhons course.

1999 to 2001 | A Levels, Wymondham College InformationTechnology (C) Art (C) Product Design (B)

1994 to 1999 | GCSE’s, Wymondham High 11 GSCE’s A* – C

Additional Skills and Courses

Full clean UK driving license. IOS Apple Certified Developer Course (Objective-C Foundation / X-Code)

Achievements

In my spare time I enjoy cycling; I have completed the Norwich 100 mile cycle ride three times raising funds in excess of £1,600 for MND. In my younger years I played Basketball, representing Norwich as a member of our only ever National level team. I also competed in our Division 1 league winning the league twice in 2006/08.

Referees

Referee can be given upon request