Hi, I'm Andy Valentine, a Bristol based developer specialising in front-end UI, UX and mobile application development, utilising modernised JS build environments and compiling engines.
I've been designing and developing websites since 1997, and in that time have seen the Internet change in remarkable ways. Now, almost 20 years later, I have spent my life learning a multitude of languages and systems in order to find the best approach to a problem and to create systems and solutions that I'm happy to put my name to.
I pride myself in my attention to details and ability to create visually pleasing interfaces, whilst maintaining a "content first", uncluttered, and modern design approach.
Over the last few years I've had the opportunity to creatively lead on some amazing projects, and it's afforded me the chance to create a number of website builds, micro-campaigns, and online / offline marketing platforms that I'm particularly proud of. These are just some of the clients I've worked with, often on projects focusing around User Generated Content (UGC), its capture, and its seamless integration into a variety of platforms.
I remember a time where knowing solely HTML and CSS was more than sufficient in order to be a web developer. This is obviously no longer the case, and the Internet is a much different place to that which I grew up working with in the early '90s.
As the Internet has changed and grown, so have I with it, and I now focus on development using a MEAN stack methodology, utilising frameworks and compilers where appropriate to make robust and streamlined solutions which allow for rapid updating and prototyping, and are beautifully optimised for every device you might use them on.
I feel that being properly educated on the subjects that you consider your expertise is vital, so spend a lot of time learning, doing personal development, and gaining qualifications in areas relevant to my career. These are some of my more recent attainments:
Front End, UI & UX Developer
Oct 2013 - Present
I spend the majority of my time working with Social Response's international partner Wyng, designing building UGC (User Generated Content) visualisation systems which harness the power of "real people" in order to promoted campaigns or products. Outside of this I lead the internal Front-end Development team and act as a UX Specialist for our extensive client list and spearhead SR Labs, creating new and innovative visualisation, input, and interaction methods; as well as anything else that we want to try making "because it's a cool idea".
April 2015 - November 2015
As Bigg Media's senior developer, I oversaw the day-to-day production of the development team, nurtured and trained the juniors whenever opportunity arose, and planned and executed the majority of the more complex or more time sensitive and urgent development work.
February 2011 - July 2013
Kwiksurveys was a small tech start-up that had a system that allowed users to create forms, quizzes and surveys with no coding knowledge. In my time there, I rebuilt the entire creation platform from the ground up, as well simultaneously leading the design and development of the reporting and analytical side of the framework.
February 2010 - November 2010
BaseKit is a seed funded platform that allows users to create websites using a simplistic drag-and-drop interface. As part of the development team I created widgets, functionality controls and updates to the core framework, and managed the mailing list design and distribution systems.
Freelance Personal Training 2009 - 2010
In 2009 I took a small hiatus from development to see if I could be a successful personal trainer. I could not.
Global Lead UI Developer for SEO
2007 - 2009
When I joined lastminute.com, "SEO" was the buzz term in web development, so I lead a team based out of six countries in completely overhauling the website for SEO, as well as the ongoing maintainance and optimisation of over 150,000 pages in five languages.
Data Solution & MSiP Support Designer 2003 - 2004
I worked at British Telecom during my University placement year designing resilience techniques for large client ATM backbone infrastructures. It was during this year that I decided I did not want to work in networking.
If you want to get in contact, either drop me a message on the email address below or fill out the form here and I'll get back to you as soon as possible, unless you're just spamming me or trying to sell your SEO services, in which case it's going straight in the trash.