Dan Sheerman, Curriculum Vitae
Work and Experience
Technical Lead / Front-End / UI Developer (2011 – Present)
Working closely in conjunction with our designers to oversee transition from wireframes, initial design ideas and designed mockups into fully responsive, custom modules, page templates, and more recently component libraries in HTML / CSS / Sass / jQuery, either to be delivered to clients as a static template package/framework for outside CMS integration, or integrated with systems such as Drupal, WordPress or PHP (or occasionally legacy .NET) projects in-house. Liaising with project managers and back-end development team to ensure consistent quality and smooth project progression, whether working in-office, remotely or from home. Co-working with other development team members made easy with tools such as Slack, Basecamp, Jira and of course, Git (currently via Codebase) for source control.
Have been involved in a long list of projects for a diverse range of clients such as Macmillan English, Palgrave Macmillan, Nestlé, various universities, communication specialists, and some US based law firms.
Front-End Developer / Designer (2010 – 2011)
Transforming the Photoshop templates crafted by our creative lead into functional, compliant, optimised markup, and ultimately working sites. Experience with learning an in-house CMS based in C# .NET, some exposure to Ruby on Rails, and also developing extensions and integrating in other CMSes including WordPress, ExpressionEngine, Magento and vBulletin. Involvement with writing copy, wireframing, and creating user interfaces for client-facing admin areas. Liaising with our creative lead, project managers and back-end developers to ensure smooth progress and handovers for project stages, use of source control (SVN/Git) for collaborative input.
Placement Opportunity (2010)
A placement (partly for my university course) of two weeks working primarily alongside Keir Whitaker and Mike Kus, including furthering back-end programming knowledge in PHP/SQL, designing new logo for Think Vitamin Radio, and formatting and publishing content for Future Of Web Design and Future Of Web Apps London 2010 sites. Also assisted the team at the FOWD London 2010 event, and FOWA London 2010.
Sales Professional/Technical Specialist/'O2 Guru' (2006-2010)
Including day-to-day customer service, solving technical issues, working both with other members of the team and independently to meet store and individual sales targets. Also use of design knowledge to create temporary in-store POS material, promotional flyers and internal communications as required, and achieved consistent results at the top of sales indexes in store spanning several quarters, and also top individual sales index for our store's area for a quarter.
Freelance Work (2005-2010)
Working on a number of projects for clients ranging from individuals, clubs and small businesses to a County Council, including but not limited to front-end development, design from concept wire-framing through coding in standards-compliant (X)HTML/CSS, graphic brand identity and design for print jobs.
Skills and Knowledge
I've ample experience with HTML / CSS (Sass). I've been using them both since animated GIFs
, the <marquee> and <blink> tags... Actually, they were never cool were they, strike that were cool. I'm interested in debating the semantics of markup to the point it's probably a little bit weird, but hey, that's a good thing... Right?
I'm a keen (and fast, I've been told) learner. Everyone says that, but really, I am. My Computing A-Level gave me insight into basic programming concepts (some of which I even remember) and the chance to build a killer little shopping cart app in 'old flavoured' ASP Classic (which was out of date even when we were being taught it *sigh*), which I really enjoyed, after which I went to do a creative degree, which I regret a little having not taken a Comp/Sci course, but has given me a taste of several diverse areas of design and digital media and some great foundation principles and knowledge, the opportunity to explore both my creative side while keeping up my markup skills, and get back into bits and pieces of more programmatic development wherever appropriate or required since working full-time in industry.
Once something's explained to me by someone, I tend to pick it up fairly quickly, though admittedly I'm not excellent at jumping straight into deep-ends with no prior experience or guidance as the industry can sometimes demand.
Software experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Motion, to name things that might be slightly relevant off the top of my head. My coding app of choice is currently
Coda Atom PHPStorm.
Education and Qualifications
Bath Spa University (2008-2010)
FdA Digital Design, Photography and Motion Graphics (Pass with Merit)
The College of Richard Collyer (2006-2008)
- Computing (A-Level, Grade A)
- Graphic Products (A-Level, Grade A)
- Photography (A-Level, Grade A)
Tanbridge House School (2001-2006)
10 GCSEs (3 x A* Grade, 7 x A Grade)
Keeping current with all kinds of tech, tinkering, diagnosing (and normally solving) technical issues, driving (especially nice deserted country roads at night), photography, television and film, gaming, anything involving something with an Apple logo on or near it. Always keen to try new things.