In 2013 I moved to Tokyo where I currently work at DMM.com as front end engineer.
Prior to DMM I spent 10 years as a freelancer where I gathered broad experience, working with clients on tech and web projects, and graphics and print. My university background was originally in mens fashion design, so I naturally started providing design services to fashion related clients, including a few Royal Warrant holders (companies endorsed by the British Royal Family). I have also worked in a few creative agencies on large-client projects for Sony, Coke, Unilever, Fiat, and for individuals, artists, designers and small business owners. My design background means I think visually but I enjoy technical challenges and aim to pursue more technical work over pure design.
I have used Photoshop and Illustrator for 20 or so years, been playing with HTML since the late 90s.. These days my daily work life is split between planning how best to serve users, building prototypes and writing production code, or on the command line hacking together bash scripts.
One notable experience, in 2011/12 for 9 months I was the sole technical and design lead of an online service startup, and although the startup wasn't successful it was a painful but amazing experience.
I have taken part in a couple of hackathons, one in London where our team won with 'last sandwich'.. a service to help food retailers connect with customers at the end of the day to reduce food waste. Another fashion technology related hackathon at Google in Tokyo with Hearst.
I am always studying to broaden my knowledge, I have and plan to continue working my way through a number of udacity.com courses on computer science, machine learning and statistics.
My wife is from Tokyo, and I have been studying Japanese for a number of years.
Photoshop since 1995
Illustrator 15+ years
DMM October 2013 - Present (~3 years)
This is my first full time job after 10 years of freelance, and also my first job in Japan.
I am the lead front end developer on a small team (adult overseas division), so I am involved in most core site functionality, from concept and wireframe, to design and coding. I also work closely with the system team on integration, and have meetings in both English and Japanese. We use git extensively and maintain a number of internal repos. There are over 200 templates and case configurations for desktop and mobile (it's a large site with ~250k products).
Since we are selling access to video content, I have worked on integrating Silverlight, Flash, HTML5 video (including HLS for protected content), and external protocols to Windows Store applications, HTML5 subtitled content for mobile, and license and payment related flows under PCI DSS.
I have done a number of personal experimental side projects whilst at DMM, including rebuilding portions of the site with new technologies, making prototypes in AngularJS and React, which we are now working with for an up-coming production site.
For another side project I wrote some scripts to visualise and answer some curiosities I had about the sales data, identifying some broad trends that I felt could be addressed with possible design/strategy changes.