Hi, as you’ve guessed I’m Ross, a freelance web developer based in Glasgow, Scotland. I fell in love with web development when I picked it up as a hobby back in 2002. My hobby convinced me to go university, study Computer Science, and I’ve been doing it professionally since I graduated in 2009 with a 2:1 from Strathclyde University.
It’s a field that’s rapidly advancing, everyday I learn something new and I suppose this helps fuel my enjoyment. You can’t beat the feeling when a project’s complete, and witness how excited clients are to use something you have designed and build with your bare hands.
I enjoy breaking down complex problems into user interface wireframes that are clean, simple, easy to use. I then use a variety of techniques to establish the best solution, including rapid prototyping, usability and A/B testing. Once I have implemented a solution, I like to do further analysis, to see what we can do to improve the design, and ultimately, website conversion rates.
Freelance Web Developer 2008 – Present
I enjoy freelancing and experimenting on several mini web projects in my spare time. This is a great way for me to get to grips with different technologies that I might get the chance to use during office hours. When it comes to my freelance work, my Content Management System of choice is usually WordPress, as in my opinion it has the best community of developers. I’m also familiar with MODx and Drupal, and of course there are times when these Content Management Systems are the best tool for the job.
As well as the technology side, I also have a keen interest in digital marketing. When I work on a website, I try my best to help my client step back, and look at the bigger picture. Why do you want a website? How will your website provide a ROI, and how will we measure it’s success? All important topics that I help my clients consider before a project even starts.
I’m always looking for new projects. If there is something you would like me to help with, please get in touch and we can organise an initial chat.
Gael Ltd, Senior Developer, October 2010 – Present
I joined Gael Quality Ltd back in 2010. I now work as a Senior Development Engineer, working primarily on the front-end (including implementation/design and UX) of a ASP.NET MVC4/Backbone.js/jQuery CQRS application. This is great fun to work on, and various aspects such as the Asynchronous UI provide me with new challenges on a daily basis.
I have experience of leading my own team of both designers and developers. My job is to work closely with Product Owners, Stakeholders, Developers and Graphic Designers to ensure that our solutions and products are well coded, efficient and easy to use. My challenge is to verify and validate design decisions using user data rather than personal opinion.
For a more detailed look into my employment history, checkout my LinkedIn profile.
Thanks for visiting my website. If there is something you would like me to help with, please get in touch.