Hi, I'm Thomas Digby, a freelance web developer based in Warwickshire, near Birmingham, UK.
I first started web development as a hobby when I was a teenager, making sites for friends and family.
Since then I have gained a first class computer science degree and have 5 years experience working as a web developer for Blitz Games Studios, one of Europe's leading independent games developers.
Whilst at Blitz I enjoyed working on a variety of projects ranging from static micro-sites to larger scalable e-commerce platforms such as IndieCity.
Unfortunately Blitz Games Studios ceased trading in September 2013, but on the upside this has given me the opportunity to focus on freelancing, which I have wanted to do more of.
I'm mainly looking to work with small companies and start-ups, helping them to establish a web presence.
If you would like to work with me, get more info, or get a quote please don't hesitate to get in touch.
This is where it starts - but it's much more than just the appearance of the website.
Preferring to take a content first approach I will make sure the message you're delivering reaches the user.
By reducing the amount of effort on their part they're more likely to have a positive experience and remember/refer your site.
I have the experience to make sure that your website is built thoroughly and properly using the latest technologies and standards.
I also ensure code is clean, well structured, and documented, so that it is easily maintainable.
I understand how modifying website content can be a daunting task.
With a wealth of experience creating editors I can ensure clients/users will update their sites with ease.
This can be provided by either an off-the-shelf or bespoke solution dependant on your needs.
If you want to sell something you'll need an e-commerce site.
I have experience in producing both small and large e-commerce websites as well as understanding how to encourage users to make a purchase.
I'm also familiar working with PayPal for handling payment transactions.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
If you have a website that is under performing I can help you find the reason(s) and fix them.
It could be to do with your page content, URL structures, or other discrete factors.
When I create a website I make sure all these factors are correctly implemented.
The Solihull BID website promotes businesses and events in and around the Solihull area.
Working with Chapter Agency I implemented the website into a CMS so that content could be easily managed.
The site also offers a BID members area from which vouchers can be downloaded for use in local shops, restaurants, etc.
Specializing in veggie/vegan world street food Fresh Rootz wanted a website to better their online presence.
It was decided early on that their iconic caravan to food vending conversion was an iconic part of their business so should take center stage.
The rest of the site was then developed around this, creating a clean and professional feeling.
Radiant Worlds is new game development studio based in the UK setup by games industry veterans Philip Oliver, Andrew Oliver & Richard Smithies.
The company needed a website so that they could market themselves to the world.
I was provided with a design and 'webified' it into wordpress theme so that they could make use of the built-in CMS facilities.
Memrica (Oct - Dec 2013)
An online retail store for jewellery.
However it also offers a social sharing system to which users can attach content and associate it with a physical item.
With the use of photo recognition the system allows the user to retrieve said content by scanning the physical item with a mobile device camera.
I was responsible for creating the back-end RESTful JSON API on this project.
Former IndieCity developer and good friend Andy Esser (lead developer of Zero Dependency) came to me armed with a wireframe and a vision for his latest company website.
I got straight to work and within no time his vision was online and ready for browsing.
Serving as an online e-commerce platform through which indie developers can sell their games and applications the site is largely a CMS.
It allows indie game developers to create a presence, upload, manage, and instantly sell their creations to the indie gamer market.
This site is where I showcase photos I have cherry picked from various days out and about.
It encompasses CSS media queries to create a responsive design allowing the site to work on mobile devices of any size.
It also retrieves images via Flickr API.
This site is where I showcase indie games I have made.
I originally got into making games as a way to test the IndieCity UI/UX from a developers perspective.
It later became a bit of a hobby.
Once again the site implements a responsive design for mobile devices.
I have worked with the following companies: