Andrew Hosgood

OO PHP Web Developer specialising in User Interface Design and User Experience

Curriculum Vitae

Confident and highly professional web developer and UI designer with practical experience dealing with clients from a wide scope of businesses. Tenacious in solving problems and innovative in design and web development projects.

Fully conversant with most industry-standard applications, business suites and coding languages and able to learn new applications with ease. Committed to self-development, acquiring new programming skills and knowledge through formal and informal learning.

Extensive experience in designing and developing a variety of attractive and functional websites, web applications and CMS solutions that conform to current standards. Designed a wide range of web and Flash applications, posters, flyers, showreels, logos and business cards. Thorough understanding of the media industry and its competitive nature by keeping up to date with industry news and breakthroughs.

A logical thinker and a methodical worker who is not constrained by a 9-5 mindset. All this is complemented by first-hand customer service skills in a retail setting and directly interfacing with several blue-chip clients in a design and development workplace environment.

Skill Set

Languages, Environments and Applications

  • LAMP
  • HTML, XHTML, XML
  • OO PHP
  • CSS, SASS
  • jQuery, OO JavaScript
  • mySQL, phpMyAdmin
  • ActionScript
  • Windows, OS X, RedHat, Debian
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Fireworks, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth, Lightroom)
  • phpStorm
  • Microsoft Office

Employment

Sponge UK

Senior Front End Developer
August 2015 –

Shadow Technologies Ltd.

Director/Web Developer
December 2012 –

Logo Marketing and Design

Web Designer/Developer
June 2011 – July 2015

Primary developer for a huge range of websites and web apps, both external and internal. Also developed several internal web-based tools to aid the company's productivity. Helped both designers within the company and designers from other companies to develop site designs whilst interfacing with a number of large clients including SAP.

Built many different proof of concepts to showcase the potentials of using modern coding technologies and techniques to both clients and other developers. Helped to design the front page of the company's website, employing ideas that the directors liked from other sites. Gave help and training to other developers and acted as a consultant on several projects that needed advice on UI best practices.

Worked closely with the company's CTO to help maintain the computing infrastructure after taking control from an external IT company. Provided support for all internal and external systems, including servers, network devices and other hardware. Also utilised photography skills for client portraiture and product photography.

Applegate Business Directory

Web Designer
September 2010 – May 2011

Worked on numerous websites and web apps, both internally and externally facing, bringing a variety of previously unused technologies and languages to the projects. Created many successful web-based tools to increase productivity within the workplace, including efficiency monitoring systems and demonstration tools for use within the company.

Assumed the role of lead designer for the 2011 Applegate facelift and fronted the project from concept, through design and implementation up until the release date in just 15 weeks. Interfaced with external UI specialists beforehand to achieve a detailed specification resulting in a more consistent and better HCI experience.

Further evaluated and redesigned after the initial January 2011 release in order to keep the site up to date. Played a key part in the redesign and aided in the initial redevelopment of the company's CRM. Introduced Web Standards documents in order to bring a new uniformity to the site and its internal systems including documentation for colour, styles, fonts, UI/HCI, file structures and frameworks. Also worked as a Flash developer, designing various adverts and banners for a vast array of companies.

Later asked to attend weddings and business events to provide portraiture and reportage photography.

Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry (PCMD)

Student Web Developer
July 2008 – August 2009

Directly interfaced with clients to achieve a design brief and specification. Designed, developed, maintained, backed-up and later improved a wide range of bespoke web sites, web applications and CMS’s. Trained non tech-savvy clients on these custom CMS’s. Designed countless posters, flyers and other printed documents.

Assumed the role of lead developer overseeing from start to finish a number of large projects, one of which was the largest ever redesign of the PCMD website. Personally built the site from ground-up including specifications, concept, design and development, refinement, accessibility, documentation and debrief. Worked closely with other developers and academics for aspects of design and content, end-users for interface elements and members of the disabled community for accessibility features.

Constructed site using HTML, PHP, MySQL CSS, XML and JavaScript with jQuery. Used Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, phpMyAdmin, MySQL GUI Tools and MS Project.

Education

University

University of Plymouth
September 2006 – June 2010

BSc (Hons) in Digital Arts and Technology with first year degree honors (1:1) and a Certificate of Professional Industrial Experience (2:1 overall)

Further Education

Bideford College 6th Form
September 2003 – June 2005

3 A2-Levels in Physics, IT and Music, 1 AS-Level in Theatre Technical Studies and 2 AS-Levels in Mathematics (Old and new syllabuses)
"The Physics Prize" and "The IT Prize" for the highest achievements in A2-Level Physics and IT

Secondary School

Bideford College
September 1998 – June 2003

10 GCSEs with 9 A–C grades, including Mathematics (A), English (B) and Science (Double A)

NVQ

North Devon College, Mountain Warehouse
September 2005 – September 2006

NVQ Level 2 in Retail Operations and Environments

Personal Achievements

Volunteering

Projectionist

Bideford College Cinema
September 2004 – July 2006

Assistant Trampoline Coach

Bideford Bouncers
September 2002 – July 2005

Primary AV Technician

Bideford College Theatre
December 1998 – September 2006

Martial Arts Instructor

North Devon Budo Centre
September 1996 – July 2004