Ctrl+Alt+Donate was a 25 hour charity gaming marathon, running during on the weekend when the clocks go back. The event was run at the University of the West of England and the aim was to raise money for toys and games at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
A website was needed and developed as an aide to promote the event, as well as provide information on how to participate and what happened last year.
The website uses the Bootstrap framework, is mobile and desktop optimised, and was developed on top of the MSL content management system. The website was available from ctrlaltdonate.org as well as uwesu.org/ctrlaltdonate as a minisite.
As well as developing the website I was a core organiser and in charge of the technical running of the event, including organising networking with the university IT department and AV provisions.
The event was a success, and raised over £1000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Between 2012 and 2014, I produced shows and content for The Charlie Roper Show, ranging from live show preparation and production, creating podcast clips and video content recorded for after the show or as a live radio visualisation webcast.
I have co-produced an edition of the Student Radio Chart show alongside co-producer Mikey Burton. The show was syndicated across student radio stations nationally. The show can be listened back to on Mixcloud.
I have also produced the UWE Freshers’ Lineup Show in 2014, which was a visualised show.
In May 2014, UWE Students’ Union was commissioned by the University of the West of England to build an “interactive” and engaging website for the new iteration of the UWE Charter, a document that sets out expectations between the University, students and the Students’ Union.
After being provided the relevant information and after initial mock-ups and feedback, I had set on a full screen page design, where the content was broken up between different sections using the fullpage.js web library and using bright, inspiring and diverse imagery throughout. The website functions fully on desktop, mobile and in print.
The website was regularly mentioned by UWE marketing, and in the first few months it was seen over 7,000 times by students and staff at the University.
As of 2017, the site has been replaced with a UWE branded version as part of their rebrand, and is no longer available to view.
Union Design is the web portfolio for the company run by Jack Smith, a former colleague at UWE Students’ Union and someone who I have worked with many times in the past.
Following detailed discussion with Jack and running through design mock-ups in Adobe Photoshop, I took Jack’s designs and worked to create a web mock-up using HTML5 and CSS3 drawing as much as possible. Many of the shapes such as ribbons in the design are a pure CSS3 implementation.
I then worked to incorporate the design into a WordPress template and to create a complete WordPress website. I made use of the skeleton by simplethemes template as a base and worked with Jack throughout the implementation phase.
As part of the project, using openly available WordPress plugins such as ‘The Subtitle’ and ‘Post Gallery Slider’ and writing my own plugins, I was able to create dynamic project pages which needed minimal effort to create from Jack’s point of view. Adding thumbails and images into the page with a slider was as simple as uploading images to a post, and does not require custom tags or modifying code.
The site also has a responsive design, this site being the first time I had ever done a complete site responsively. The website works on a multitude of mobile devices without impacting on functionality.
I have also helped installed the phpList emailing system and have helped Jack with developing successful email newsletters.
RiotSchedule is a Radio/TV scheduling plugin, which allows you to create recurring ‘scheduled shows’ within a schedule. The project was forked from the Weekly Schedule plugin and modified to work as a more post orientated plugin, rather than a completely separate interface and unlinked post information. The plugin is customisable with CSS class tags that the user can hook on to.
The plugin was used on the Hub Radio website to display the schedule of shows and shows now and next on the main header.
This plugin will record global listeners, number of mount points, and individual mount point figures.
RadioPanel is a basic Icecast listner stats logger. The app is fairly basic, it stores listener data by polling every minute, records, and generates statistics and figures.
Future improvements to be made is to acquire information by hooking onto listener connecting and disconnecting APIs in Icecast, Shoutcast compatibility and serious optimisation in how data is stored.