Steve Halford

Web Developer/Designer

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I am an all round, experienced web developer with a particular interest in front end development. I take particular pride in creating the most efficient and semantically meaningful HTML and CSS I can and enjoy learning new techniques and standards to further enhance the quality of my code.

I code for fun! Something my 'non-geek' friends find very difficult to understand, but I strive on learning new things and solving problems with code.

I also have a background in design which means that aswell as clean, beautiful code, I also endeavour to create an aesthetically pleasing, functional and user friendly interface for the websites and applications I develop.

I like to keep up to date with developments in the web development industry and also like to be a part of the local community, for example, I designed and built designjobswales.co.uk as a free service to those looking for jobs in the local design/development community.

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Employment History

Box UK Web Developer

April 2012 - Present

Box UK is made up of a team of developers, extremely passionate about software development - passionate about playing around with new programming languages, using the right tool for the job, clean and testable code, being lean and agile.

I have worked on a websites for a number of very large companies including a FTSE 250 investment bank and a major UK facilities company.

Basekit Platform Ltd. Web Developer

January 2011 - April 2012

Basekit is a web application start-up that won Techcrunch Seedcamp 2008 and has so far secured £6.5million worth of investment. It is a platform that is designed to allow users to build website, either from Photoshop templates or themes, and add content via a drag and drop interface all inside the web browser. I am responsible for the front end development of the web application UI and integrating it into the PHP backend.

During my time at the company I worked with a small subset of the team to create the new version of the platform. The new version made substantial improvement to the user interface and I was heavily involved in the decision making process at all stages.

I was later also responsible for building a number of client applications for Basekit based on a new API backend. It was my responsibility to implement the application architecture that will be used for all future front end development. The technologies I used for this included Backbone.js, LESS, Handlebars and Zend Framework.

inknpixel.co.uk Freelance Designer/Developer

2006 - Present

For a number of years I have been a freelance designer and developer, creating websites for a number of loyal clients. The work has ranged from simple static websites to custom built CMS and e-commerce sites.

Limegreentangerine Front End Developer

March 2010 - January 2011

LGT is a Cardiff based design agency who's portfolio includes work for S4C, Traveline Cymru, 737 Challenge, Moorhouse Insurance, Cardiff Devils and many more. I was primarily a front end developer here but my responsibilities also included design and PHP Development.

While working here I often suggested uses of front end technology that were not previously considered, for example, I suggested and prototyped the use of the HTML5 geolocation API to locate the visitor, either via GPS on a mobile browser or using wifi location data, to give them their nearest bus or train station automatically. I also built a job management system in PHP here which enabled them to better manage the workload and track time.

Integra Office Solutions Creative Services Manager

March 2004 - March 2010

Integra is the UK's biggest office products buying and marketing group. Here I was responsible for the management of a busy design studio comprising of myself and 5 other Graphic Designers. While having to manage the studio I also kept a very hands-on role and was also responsible for all the web related design and development of the studio.

Lexon Group Ltd. Graphic Designer

2002-2004

Newport Offset Graphic Designer

1999-2002

Scorpio Print Graphic Designer

1996-1999


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