Building device agnostic, future-friendly websites.
Building device agnostic, future-friendly websites.
A whole new perspective and approach to building websites – patterns over pages.
I have been working to the mantra of patterns over pages in my front end stack for quite a while now. This was the first build that I applied the practice to the back end.
There is only on page style on this site. Each page is made up of interchangeable 'strip' modules that are managed drag-and-drop style from the CMS. The user can craft a page out of any combination of the 30 plus available modules. So future, much friendly, such wow.
My most ambitious SilverStripe build to date.
Not only did we deliver a cutting edge public facing site for the guys at Sheen, they were also treated to a device agnostic intranet. The (IMO slightly over the top) intranet comes complete with custom built online store, blog and event calendar.
This build is the most clean and efficient site I have built on the SilverStripe framework. I am quite proud of this site and can't wait to see how it performs.
Evoke was not a typical conversion focused build.
The focus was not so much on SEO or conversion but creating an exciting site to showcase their high calibre event services.
Breaking out of the tried and true conversion patterns was a welcome opportunity. I had a lot of fun on this build experimenting with some new design patterns and some bleeding edge (for the time) CSS features.
This site is a rippa! The speed coupled with clean design and good user experience has seen the client double their conversion rate in the first month after launch.
We elected to build this small ecommerce store in SilverStripe, which brought on a new set of challenges. A lot of the features that come packaged with the dedicated ecommerce stores had to be built from scratch.
Oh and the title bars have bubbles in them too, and who doesn’t love bubbles?!
The Digital360 dashboard is an absolute beast. Almost every conceivable insight into your online business is at your fingertips.
Built on Laravel with some slick new frontend tech like flex-box and pJax, I learnt a lot from this build and had a lot of fun doing at the same time #nerdlife.
I am looking forward to building this tool out further and seeing the impact it has on our clients.
OAPL is by far the most intricate Magento build I have taken on.
Magento was really stretched to do things it was not intended for on this build and a large portion of the project revolved around extending Magento to behave more like your typical CMS.
We built modules to ajax cart actions, listing out sub pages, add additional CMS fields and integrate a Google map API 'closest clinic' postcode search. Building out the CMS and creating these modules has given me a lot more confidence in the system and am looking forward to more challenging builds like it.
Integrated Technologies Australia needed a flashy site that reflected their sophisticated home automation systems.
ITA gave us a lot of freedom to take their site to the level required to represent the brand effectivly.
This was the first build that I truly felt I had mastered SilverStripe and I thoroughly enjoyed laying down some squeaky clean code.
This industry can change dramatically in just a matter of months. In order to stay up to date the hip new web tech I am currently skilling up in the following technologies / methodologies.
Trying to get my head around this crazy framework.
I am putting the final layer of polish on my blog which I have decided to build in Jekyll.
We are implementing continuous deployment with Jenkins at Digital360, which is pretty dang exciting!
At Digital360 we're continuing development of a large application in the Laravel framework.
Having a play around with GreenSock for SVG animation.
I'm having a play with the NoSQL database storage system as an alternative to MySQL.
I am always looking to stay up to date with the latest web technologies and trends through online training and daily participation in web forums and communities. I also frequent industry meet ups and functions, especially when free beer and nibbles are on offer.
I have over 8 years of experience in the web industry in a variety of roles. I started out in print design and over the course of my career migrated towards web development. Below is a listing of my more recent work history.
Digital360 are a passionate bunch with a strong focus on conversion. I was employed as a frontend developer, working on complex mobile-first web builds in SilverStripe and Magento.
While working closely on these sites with the backend developers I steadily built up my backend coding and server administration skills. I am now working in a more general developer role and enjoying the challenges of each facet.
The most refreshing aspect of working at Digital360 is the high level of quality and attention to detail every member of the team aim for. I am immensely proud of the work we produce. Every project we work on is polished to the point (in my opinion) of near perfection.
Working with both internal clients and external departments, my role was to provide guidance and build professional, usable and engaging web sites and applications.
Working with a wide range of web technologies, I joined the development team to create highly technical and feature-rich applications. The efficiency and quality of work that we produced saw our team become the leading web presence in Victorian Government which provided me with opportunities to both work and consult on many large projects.
Given my experience with different facets of the industry, it felt natural to move into the role of IT Project Manager. In this position I was required to write functional specifications and supporting project documentation, build and follow project plans and manage project teams. I learnt a great deal in this role and enjoyed building valuable leadership skills.
Working in a small web agency I was required to facilitate both the design and development of medium sized websites. In the Web Developer role, Alkemi’s large and diverse client base enabled me to gain experience in many different Content Management Systems including WordPress, Business Catalyst, Joomla, Magento and Shopify.
Alkemi is fast paced web agency where at times I was required to wireframe and produce multiple interfaces each week.
These tight deadlines forced me to streamline my design process to ensure projects were delivered on time.
The quality of these designs did not suffer under this restraint, and still managed to fetch high conversion rates. These rates we so high that Alkemi guaranteed they would convert at 4% (which is double the rate of the average website). Working with the persuasion architect we met this guarantee with strict user experience methodology and proven SEO techniques.
As Alkemi grew, my workload could no longer be sustained and I took on the role of Web Consultant, overseeing many out sourced projects and assisting with development when required.
Some kind words from those I have worked with recently.
Nick earns the respect of all those he works with. He is highly regarded by all for his customer focussed solutions and drive to deliver to the highest possible standard.
I threw some pretty serious work at Nick and he was able to deal with everything I gave him with outstanding results.
Nick impressed me with all aspects of his work throughout the project. He left no doubt in the minds of our clients as to our competence, and helped to develop a high level of client-trust.
I have worked with Nick on a number of projects and am continually impressed by his strong work ethic and passion for his craft.