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.
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.
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.