Skills

Front-end

Having worked with front-end technologies since 2008 I have developed my skills to build accessible and performant websites using HTML and CSS that are well structured and maintainable. I have always advocated for the use of progressive enhancement and using JavaScript in order to enhance the experience.

Back-end

Node.js has acted as a catalyst for my server side development. I had previously used PHP but had always seen myself as a Front-end developer. Since I first played with Node.js in 2012 I have been excited to explore its capabilities and community.

Testing

I have been using Mocha and Chai as my JavaScript testing stack to catch errors early. I also like to use static analysis and linting tools to help set standards and coding conventions.

Experience

  1. Nature Publishing Group

    Senior Front-end Developer

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    Skills:

    • HTML
    • CSS
    • JavaScript
    • Node.js
    • ePub
    • Puppet
    • Vim

    I am currently working for the leading scientific publisher . Having started as a junior I have risen to become a senior front-end developer and have worked on the NatureJournals iOS application as the technical lead. Whilst working at NPG I have worked on a variety of large-scale projects and contributed to the developer blog.

    I have also been involved in a number of open source projects at Nature including our decoupled front-end engine Shunter and WebPageTest Mapper

  2. Ultraviolet Design

    Front-end Developer & Designer

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    Skills:

    • HTML
    • CSS
    • JavaScript
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator

    Having completed my university placement at I was honoured when they asked me to stay on as a freelance designer and developer. During term time I was working remotely from Bournemouth and during non-term time I would work in London with the rest of the team. I worked on a wide range of projects for UVd including UI design and development for various clients including a high street bank and a R&D experiment with augmented reality.

  3. Freelance

    Front-end Developer & Designer

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    Skills:

    • HTML
    • CSS
    • JavaScript
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator

    Whilst studying at University I was working part time on freelance projects, in some cases I was working on behalf of agencies and the rest of the time I was directly with clients.

Personal projects

Cobbles to Kebabs is a Node.js based blogging platform I have been working on for two cyclist who took part in the Transcontinental race from Flanders to Istanbul. As the cyclists will be blogging from mobile devices and using data roaming the main aims were to deliver a lightweight and reliable admin interface which can be used to create rich and engaging articles whilst on the move. The project had a hard deadline and was produced during a short time frame. The site is available at and is still undergoing continuous improvements now that the race is over.

I recently used Node.js, Express, Amazon S3, MongoDB and the Instagram api to build a small application to aggregate photos from friends and family at a close friends wedding.

Awards

  1. British Media Award & Professional Publishers Association Awards - Shortlisted

    At Nature Publishing Group I was heavily involved in the production of a mobile app and micro-site for the Nature Encode project. The Encode project was shortlisted for the 'Cross media project of the year' award in the British Media Awards and for 'Digital innovation of the year' in the Professional Publishers Association awards.

  2. British Interactive Media Association Awards - Shortlisted

    My university final year project was put forward by Bournemouth University to the British Interactive Media Association Awards in the student category.

Education

  1. Bournemouth University – Media School

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    BA(Hons) Interactive media production

  2. Plymouth College of art and design

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    National Diploma Digital graphics and interactive media

Interests

Outside of work I like to try and lead an active lifestyle and enjoy exploring the outdoor, whether it's within London or out in the countryside. This is heavily aided by my love for cycling and exploring new places. I also enjoy the wide variety of arts and entertainment London has to offer and am regularly attending exhibitions, shows, gigs.

Referees

References available on request

You are shit-hot.. and good at programming
Rowan Manning