Curriculum Vitae - Adam Taylor
adam @ removethisbitmortalwombat.org.uk
I'm a creative, skilled and efficient developer who is hugely enthusiastic about the Web in all its forms. I'm an independent learner, able and willing to spend as much of my own time as necessary to crack a problem - solving problems in an elegant way is something I love. I'm a born communicator, verbally and in writing, and able to put across complex concepts in an entertaining and relaxed way.
I've built large-scale MVC-based sites, using Backbone and Handlebars in a custom build system leveraging server-side Node.js.
I've built and managed SQL Server databases through several versions. I've created many sites from scratch and redesigned many more. I've been very successful with building sites for SEO, especially with Google.
Here's the local anonymised copy of my original proof-of-concept for LexisNexis International's Global Design Standards Initiative, showcasing the project's clean, Responsive HTML5/CSS3 goals. The site went live in September 2014, to great acclaim.
The end result of Bupa's year-long Web Refresh project; all the custom JS and most of the HTML and CSS are my work. The Carehomes and International areas in particular display the results of some extensive JS coding.
A small but perfectly-formed site for an attractive skiing chalet in Bulgaria - as always, accessible and Standards-based. Briefed as 'comforting and welcoming'...
This is a set of assorted CSS3 conceptual demos, mostly cribbed from design cognoscenti across the Web in my attempts to teach myself the latest CSS and apply it. It serves as a test-bed for advanced CSS techniques - all the code is available for others to take and adapt for their own uses.
The latest version of the first site I ever created. It was originally built with the venerable NetObjects 2.0; since then I've continually improved it, moving to a more accessible and standards-compliant hand-coded design. It's now built with PHP includes, HTML5 and CSS3.
Playtech International, London NW1
Feb 2015 to July 2015 (renewed once)
Contracting Web Developer
- Member of Web Development team dedicated to implementation of UI and new features for Playtech's branded Bingo sites (Sky Bingo, Mirror, Gala, Mecca and others).
- Targeting a wide range of mobile and tablet devices as well as desktop on HTML5, CSS3 and modern native JS. Using LESS via Grunt, Subversion for version control.
- Agile project methodology
LexisNexis, London NW1
April 2011 to Dec 2014
In Dec 2014 UK Developer roles were moved to the US as part of a global cost-saving exercise.
Lead Technical Architect
- Led member of the Web Development team for LexisNexis International, handling LN's web properties in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
- Responsible for defining LNI's front-end coding approach for future applications. Ensuring that we remained ahead of the curve in new developments in the field, and that the team was continually pushed to expand and improve their skills. Became the international ‘go-to guy’ on new client-side methodologies, browser engine advances and upcoming possibilities in CSS, JS and HTML.
- Expanded the team as our responsibilities grew; during my time the team increased from four members to nine, including four FTEs. Recruited all new members as part of ongoing responsibilities for maintaining resource levels.
- Responsible for maintaining and strengthening relations between the LNI WD team and their counterparts in the US, Product teams and business units around the world.
- I was LNI's technical representative on the Global Design Group, whose role was to preside over a complete branding and UI refresh across LNI and US web products.
- Created Global Design Initiative templates; LexisNexis' first fully Responsive, HTML5 + CSS3 site intended for worldwide rollout across all platforms. Gracefully degraded down to IE8 support, low page weight, minimal HTTP requests and highly accessible; functional and attractive on any capable device.
- Lead international developer on the 4.2 launch; an Agile project to bring the US site onto the latest versions of the newLexis .NET platform from a client-side perspective; integrating cutting-edge HTML5, CSS3 and JS into a Handlebars/Backbone-powered MVC environment. Used the in-house build system (Node running on a Visual Studio + TFS setup) to build several major modules for 4.2 and supervise several more being built by other member of the team, including offshore developers.
IDBS, London W6
August 2010 to March 2011
- One of a small team of developers who worked on InforSense and ClinicalSense, IDBS's innovative healthcare analysis tools; advanced JS-powered web applications with a Java backend.
- Used SVN code repository, Jira and QC defect/task tracking software; documentation and approval flow via SharePoint.
Bupa, London W1
May 2008 to July 2010
- Part of small team with responsibility for amends and new code for 50+ existing websites; front-end layers running on the BWA back-end; Java Struts, Oracle and Apache, serving an average of 1 million hits a month.
- Ongoing advocate for progressive enhancement as Bupa's front-end development philosophy. Obtained buy-in from Bupa's Steering Committee that this technique would be a mainstay of the Refresh.
- Experience of CVS-powered revision control and Quality Center defect tracking software.
- Experience of working under both Waterfall and Agile (Scrum) project development methodologies.
Happy Ltd, London E1
1998 to 2008
Web Developer - Happy eLearning
- Converted Happy portal site to new, cleaner and modern design. Accessible, XHTML Strict.
- Converted current Happy Computers sites to run via Joomla CMS; I heavily modified the backend PHP to output accessible/Standards-based code.
- Built, designed and coded Happy Manuals from scratch; site for free and licensed training manual downloads. Includes homebuilt shop integration with WorldPay.
- Built XML/XSLT templating system ('Content Machine') from scratch; coded in 'classic' ASP as replacement for 'Control Station' application. Vastly speeded up production of course materials as a result.
- Creating bespoke CBT materials for Happy eLearning's corporate and government customers.
- Continuing responsibility for full re-vamp of Happy eLearning sites; dividing materials into proper content, presentation and behavioural layers, while allowing for easy corporate branding where needed.
Web Manager - Happy Computers
Jan 2003 to Jan 2005
- Continuing responsibility for troubleshooting, updating and managing Happy's sites.
- Created site for Pan-African Development, Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) as part of voluntary charity contribution. The success of the new site led to other web design projects.
- Campaigned for and undertook re-working of original table-based FrontPage Happy Computers site to follow WAI Accessibility and usability guidelines under XHTML Strict.
- During allocated six-month period I used my own time to learn cross-browser CSS, XHTML and ASP.
- Redesigned and rebuilt the site using home-grown CSS / ASP templates, meeting the deadline to go live in January 2004. NB: I no longer have responsibility for this site, and it's since been altered.
- Redesigned and rebuilt sister site Happy eLearning, going live on schedule in September 2004, as a companion to the Happy Computers design.
- Created XSLT templating to transform old online learning material into standards-based accessible XHTML as part of large-scale revamp of Happy eLearning.
Senior IT Trainer
1998 to Jan 2003
- Specialising in Web Design and Network Admin courses, I trained full-time for Happy Computers on- and off-site.
- Became Happy Computers lead web design trainer; created HTML, Dreamweaver and FrontPage courses for all levels of expertise.
- Took responsibility for introducing CSS and semantic XHTML design techniques into existing courses. Transferred these skills to other trainers to bring them up-to-date with modern web design theories.
- Responsible for answering all Happy Computers web-related helpline calls; met all agreed SLAs in this area.
- Gained experience of full Microsoft Office suite, FrontPage, Photoshop, and Quark Xpress to a high level.
- Lead Trainer for Yell.co.uk project with Yellow Pages in 1999; trained over 1000 Sales and Admin staff in Internet principles, concentrating on web hosting and Domain name sales.
Mortal Wombat, London SE11
Writer, Editor and Administrator
- Wrote and edited one-off project of half a million words; contributing approx one third of text; organised historical research and work of six writers.
- Developed formatting and layout for resulting work The Feast of All Souls using Word 6.0.
- Created first website using NetObjects Fusion v2.0 and 3.0. for Mortal Wombat (here's the latest iteration).
Mac Supplies Ltd, Perivale
Testing and Returns Administrator
Responsible for returned stock for entire group; Macintosh and PC software / hardware. Administration of above; testing of suspect hardware. Created bespoke Returns database for group. Gained experience with Macintosh GUI, apps and hardware.
Dolomore Group Ltd, London SE1
1995 to 1996
Group Buyer in Chief
Overview of wine and spirits group purchases (UK and Overseas); responsible for stocks of largest UK agency lines, reporting directly to CEO. Produced reports on all stock levels; increased work with spreadsheets, pulling in data from in-house database to Excel for analysis. Sourced new national lines.
Ebury Mathiot Wines Ltd, London SE1
1992 to 1995
Feb 1994 to Sept 1995
Sole responsibility for maintaining stock levels of all UK purchases; some 500 lines involved. Overseeing the work of two clerks and organisation/administration of departmental budget and accounts payable. Administration of exports. Lotus 1-2-3 / Windows 3.11 / MS-DOS experience gained.
Nov 1992 to Feb 1994
Sole customer liaison for sister company (Michael Druitt Agencies); dealing with prestige hotel/restaurant and national accounts, handling orders and invoicing; some organisation of delivery schedules.
Porter and Laker Ltd, London SE11
1988 to 1991
June 1988 to Dec 1991
Customer liaison and organisation of groupage shipping of wines and spirits; up to ten full trailer-loads a week from wine-producing countries all over the world. Administration of invoicing and international customs procedures.
Jan 1988 to June 1988
Basic accounting; purchasing and sales ledger; chasing payments and fending off creditors.