Back in 2005 after graduating Leeds Metropolitan University with 1st Class honours in MultiMedia technology I got my first job for a little design / development studio called ward404.
Our main projects were building eCards for record labels such as EMI, Warner and Virgin Records, we'd take album artwork and design and build Flash micro-sites to help promote album or single sales. These micro-sites would typically involve an intro animation hook, showcase the 30 second trailer and an audio preview player.
A little while later the rise of Rich Media burst on to the scene so we transferred all of our learnings from eCards over to Rich Media advertisements.
This shift in design and development landed me a job in advertising and I worked for Play (M&C Saatchi) from 2008 where I continued to design and develop Flash Rich Media campaigns and picked up multiple awards for my work... including a D&AD for an interactive out of home sound driven animation to promote RNID. During this period I was also awarded a promotion and managed my first team of two.
Spotting a gap in the market for HTML Rich Media campaigns in 2012 I co-founded and ran award winning digital production agency Super natural, we grew from a team of two to a team of ten and continued to work with top London creative agencies and clients including Channel 4's 4Creative, ITV Creative, Netflix and adam&eve among others. We developed engaging and delightful online campaigns and micro-sites, and picked up a few awards along the way including a BAFTA for our Digital Creativity work on Channel 4's Humans. During this time I was a hands on Designer, Developer and oversaw all creative and technical output, trained and mentored members of the creative teams team and engaged with clients to develop creative ideas.
My primary focus over the last few years has been building custom React Component Libraries / Design Systems using Storybook and StyledComponents but sadly in React application land so much of my work is for internal client tools and can't be shared.
In 2019 I discovered Gatsby and immediately fell in love with the developer experience and feel it's a brilliant middle ground between using a framework like React and brining back some of that internet joy we lost when websites became web applications
I've been actively developing multiple Gatsby themes and plugins, all of which are Open Source and can be seen on GitHub: https://github.com/PaulieScanlon
I’m a huge fan of process and have worked with some great developers in some very well organised engineering teams. I’m familiar with and enjoy agile working processes but...