Background


Posted on April 4th, 2015 in Background by Graeme

I gained a BSc(Hons) degree in management and accounting at the University of Aston in 2011. Apart from the business side of the course, I took optional modules in IT and Web Development, and Systems Analysis. I also worked a year abroad in Gibraltar at STM Fidecs - a trust and company management firm.

In September 2011-2012 I went on to study a masters in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, achieveing a distinction. My Masters dissertation was on devising and creating a visualization and navigational interface for browsing ontologies.

In January 2013, I worked as a junior software developer at NST Travel, an educational travel company. I worked on in-house software, fixing bugs and implementing new features and changes to existing software under the guidance of the lead developer.

In July 2013 I started working as a freelance developer, whilst taking courses to learn new technologies. I worked directly with clients, developing numerous websites from start to finish, whilst experimenting with different technologies to build each site. I took the course: 'Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps', an online course from the University of London. This enabled me to use my programming skills in a more creative way, and learn how to develop for mobiles.

During this time, I also took 'Startup Engineering', an online course from Stanford University, with a view to creating an online start-up business called Lostgrad. Leading on from this, I founded Lostgrad.com, a website to help students discover resources. A beta version of the site was launched in February 2014.

In July 2014 I started working at IBM Design. Notable highlights were living in Texas for 3 months on IBM Design Camp, and designing and shipping IBM Developerworks Recipes. Also it has been exciting to see how design can influence a corporation.

In January 2017 I began working at Marvel in the marketing team. This job involved writing articles about design, scheduling blog contributer content, and also scheduling social media content. I also made some workflow tools to speed up some marketing tasks, saving hours for the team.