My name is Andy, and I’m a Drupal and Textpattern web developer living in the steel city of Sheffield in the North of England. I currently work for a small digital media company called Futurate as an interface designer and front-end web developer. I also do the occasional bit of freelance work from time-to-time.
I generally develop in PHP and jQuery as well as producing semantic and valid HTML and CSS. I’ve also got experience coding in C++ and Java (and once upon-a-time Fortran).
As well as being a developer, I have an eye for design and an interest in creating great user-interfaces and accessible websites.
I tend to work a lot with open-source Content Management Systems Drupal and Textpattern, building bespoke websites with them. I have developed a number of Textpattern plugins which are freely available from my personal website, the Red Hot Chilli Project, where I also keep a sporadic blog on web development, Textpattern, Drupal, web design and anything else I want to share. I also like working with the CakePHP framework.
Before working full-time in the web industry I worked in Quantum Optics research as a theoretical Physicist. I graduated from the University of York with a PhD on the subject of “twisted light” and worked for a while at the University of Sheffield on the subject of polaritons.
Away from the computer and work I enjoy cooking (could happily spend all day in the kitchen) and world cinema (particularly French films). My claim to fame is that I’ve appeared in an episode of Family Guy.
This website has been built using valid HTML5, CSS3 and a bit of unobstructive jQuery. It’s powered by Textpattern and makes use of the following plugins: arc_twitter, glz_custom_fields, rss_unlimited_categories, zem_contact_reborn. I’m also making use of Oliver Ker’s excellent TXP Mobile.