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Sam Latif

Creative Technologist @ RMA Consulting

Contract Javascript Developer. React, React Native. Redux, Typescript, GraphQL

London, United Kingdom

Ranked #1,033 out of 20,660 for Creative Technologist in United States

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RMA Consulting

Creative Technologist

August 2015 to Present

Shoreditch, London


Contract Frontend Developer

August 2015 to August 2015

Shoreditch, London

InSitYou (INSITU Software Ltd)

Senior Javascript (full stack) developer

March 2015 to August 2015

Holland Park, London

Sam Latif's Education

Goldsmiths College, U. of London

Master’s Degree

The Interaction Design Foundation

Professional Education

University of East London


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Creative Technologist @ From August 2015 to Present (4 months) Shoreditch, LondonContract Frontend Developer @ Two week freelance gig, purely frontend based. Built two websites for major real estate clients, promoting new landmark buildings in London. Tech used: HTML5, JS, jQuery, Skrollr (for a parallax landing page), SCSS, Gulp and Bower From August 2015 to August 2015 (1 month) Shoreditch, LondonSenior Javascript (full stack) developer @ Keen to take on a challenge, I relished the opportunity to join this young and ambitious seed-stage startup - to solve difficult problems for real-estate space planners and facility managers. Specifically, the aim was to develop a client-facing SaaS platform with a novel approach of automating arduous tasks associated in the industry. This allows for faster relocations or reorganisation of existing seating allocations in minutes; opposed to several days when done manually. Initial stack: Java (J2EE); Tomcat 8; MySQL; JSP; SASS/SCSS; JS (jQuery), Three.js and Handlebars. Rebuilt with: HTML5, JS (ES6 / ES15), LESS, WebGL (Three.js), D3, Canvas (Fabric.js and Pixi.js), Vis.js, Node.js, Meteor, MongoDB, React, AngularJS, Underscore / LoDash, etc... Developed features: - Parsing client uploaded resource CSVs (e.g. employes, projects, departments, building fixtures, etc...), then referencing theses as separate entities. - Entities can then be linked together in the form of a ranked relationship, which gets feed into our core algorithm (via a RESTful API) - The core then allocates seats based on factors of importance and ranked relationships, allowing for dynamic manipulation of seating priorities to generate new seating plans. - Finally, a seating plan is generated, visualising the new assignments using D3.js to scale and map the coords to new positions on the floorplan SVG. - Seat allocation and utilisation analytics are also generated, allowing for convenient comparison between scenarios. Additionally, I took on mentoring a colleague (SQL specialist): assisting with rapid learning of valid HTML, good practice JS, jQuery, CSS/LESS, MVC, and build systems - with pair programming for full stack Meteor development (Mongo and Node, as well as deployment specifics). From March 2015 to August 2015 (6 months) Holland Park, LondonContract Creative Technologist @ Worked with an incredibly talented team to bring fresh ideas to an existing internal project, and develop rapid prototypes. This involved a range of skills from UX research, pen and paper wire-framing - to Axure/Balsamiq and Sketch to InVision. From January 2015 to February 2015 (2 months) Old Street, LondonContract Frontend Developer @ Brought in as a sole front end/UX resource to help CACI deliver an overdue gamification project for Chelsea FC. Technologies used: Java (mix of Spring MVC, Adobe CQ5, Tomcat7 and Maven) on the back end, and HTML5, CSS/JS/jQuery on the frontend and utilising Gigya's API in order to implement social and gamification integration. From October 2014 to January 2015 (4 months) Kensington, LondonContract Javascript Developer @ - Worked with a bespoke JS MVC framework to integrate front end WordPress HTML templates to a CakePHP driven backend, linking DB objects to a dynamically driven frontend via pre-built web services. Technologies used: LAMP, CakePHP, WordPress, Object Oriented JavaScript and jQuery Also carried out a side work relating to updating email HTML templates that were developed and tested for all email clients. From September 2014 to November 2014 (3 months) Shoreditch, LondonContract Front End Developer @ Another brief gig working with a fantastic and understanding team. Worked solely on the front end for a high profile project for Macmillan Cancer Support. Technologies used: Windows/.NET stack (using Umbraco CMS) on the back end, and HTML5, SASS/SCSS/JS/jQuery with focus on producing highly modular and reusable design patterns on the front end. From August 2014 to September 2014 (2 months) Angel, LondonRapid Prototyper (Frontend) @ Very brief freelance gig - working with the very best creative tech team on a top secret project for a client I wish I could name! Technologies used: Node.js, Three.js, HTML5 (Canvas), Native JS and some jQuery From August 2014 to August 2014 (1 month) Old Street, LondonContract Frontend Developer @ Parachuted in as the only frontend developer to help Quill Content meet their target milestones for delivery on their shiny all singing-all-dancing SaaS platform [ ]. Worked on a pure Ruby (on rails) stack involving HAML templates, SASS (SCCS), Coffeescript, native JS, jQuery, jQuery UI and D3.js (NVD3). The whole platform was reskinned using a 3 page style guide and numerous wireframes, from an external UX consultancy (all fully responsive). Recommended and introduced a new architecture for their CSS - based on SMACSS; and encouraged a refactor of their existing SCSS to minimise the final compiled CSS file size and reduce HTTP requests. See below for before and after screenshots of the platform's dashboard. From June 2014 to August 2014 (3 months) Goodge St, Fitzrovia, LondonContract Frontend Developer @ Delivered a responsive microsite (Millionaire Quiz) for "The Sunday Times - The Rich List 2014"; within a tight deadline. Developed with Node.js, AngularJS, HTML5, SASS, JS (mixture of native and jQuery) and Modernizr for IE8 support. From May 2014 to May 2014 (1 month) Farringdon, LondonContract Frontend Developer @ - Brought in on a short term contract (1 week initially – extended to 3 weeks) to deliver a responsive landing page for Cisco. - Built using HTML5, JS (mainly using jQuery in a private namespace - using an object literal approach), and SASS (SCSS). No frameworks - just simple SASS mixins to define breakpoints. - Part of the spec for the page involved having three different feels to the page, based on time of day (morning, afternoon, evening); SASS was the perfect choice – as each colour scheme could be controlled and changed by simply changing a few variables. - Made use of the HTML5 Video element to provide a full page motion sequence as background. This also changes depending on time of day. - Parsed an XML list to populate high-scores from a 3rd party game app, involving a simple AJAX get request. - Assisted on other projects with involving direct front end bug fixes; also providing suggestions for other issues (from technical solutions to creative input). From April 2014 to May 2014 (2 months) 9 Savoy Street, London WC2E 7EGContract Magento Developer @ • Hired initially for frontend and UX expertise; but also carried out a range of tasks from SysAdmin/DevOps, MySQL to Magento specific backend (debugging 3rd party extensions and writing simple modules). • Took over a project that was handed over to me to finish off (for Tobar B2B) - this involved numerous bug fixes and front end development of new pages; all fully responsive. • Collaborated on a large project for Paperchase, with five other developers (two backend, three frontend). Key pages developed by myself (fully responsive using five breakpoints: iPhone portrait, iPhone landscape, iPad portrait, iPad landscape and desktop): - Home page and Category landing pages: - This was developed using Magento's CMS system, to allow for client control over content. This meant the code had to be minimal, semantic and easily understood by non-technical people. - Wrote documentation on how to edit the different types of blocks (i.e. change the image or product details and link). - This was written in plain English, using images and numbered steps to minimise any potential mistakes the client could make on live servers. - All product pages and site footer. This was quite a challenge with five different designs for each responsive breakpoint. - The store finder using Google Maps API. Extended Redbox's original module to procedurally generate markers; as opposed to using handmade images. This was particularly useful for Paperchase as they have six different store types. • Introduced a new responsive theme built on Foundation, using SASS (SCSS) with providing a streamlined frontend workflow. The aim was to build a base theme for building modern responsive website; that's also reusable and modular to allow for flexibility with design for future projects. • Also supported other projects that had gone live, with front and backend fixes; pushing and deploying new fixes fast and hard: From November 2013 to April 2014 (6 months) Shoreditch, LondonContract UI/UX Developer @ Working on the frontend implementing new (responsive) designs and features - involving technical development and UX based design input. Developing with PHP (Zend and Bootstrap frameworks), HTML5, CSS3, some native JS and lots of jQuery with many plugins. New features were typically hand drawn wireframes (sketched on paper) – then fully prototyped by the end of the day. Experience in a workflow with bug fixes being deployed daily – with a new release of the site deployed to production each week. Built a prototype mobile app (using jQuery Mobile – ported using PhoneGap) in under a week. This was self-taught from no prior experience with JQM. From July 2013 to November 2013 (5 months) Citypoint. Moorgate, London UKContract PHP/SQL Developer @ Brought in for a short term contract to work on HSBC's Expat Explorer. 5 weeks initially; completed initial project in 3 weeks, with remainder of contract based on frontend fixes on other projects (for Natwest) Used PHP and MySQL (CakePHP framework) to parse a large data-set and update the site with this year's statistics. Wrote unit tests for each set of criterion data – matched against raw data from YouGov. From June 2013 to July 2013 (2 months) Reading, United KingdomContract Frontend Developer @ - Brought in as first in-house hire to help take a prototype web app to first public release - LAMP stack with Symfony2 framework - using HAML, SCSS, TWIG, JS (jQuery & HighCharts) on the front end. - Responsible for the decision to use HAML/SCSS in order to create fully maintainable, reusable modular code; produced rapidly under tight deadlines. From January 2013 to June 2013 (6 months) London, UKContract Magento Developer @ - Responsible for front end development and UX based work: involving the creation of custom functionality, extending default Magento and 3rd party extension functionality; as well as ‘polishing’ and finalising several Magento based projects which were initially outsourced. - Developed bespoke functionality to dynamically show appropriate product images matched with colour selection; requiring a mix of front and back end skills (PHP, SQL, HTML, CSS, jQuery) for Kim Winser's latest venture. - Sites include: 31 Dover (alcoholic drinks retail); BlueInc (fashion retail); Baldwins (herbal medicine retail); Winser (fashion retail store) From November 2012 to December 2012 (2 months) Wimbledon, London UKContract Magento Developer @ - Carried out a range of development tasks, from front end to basic back end work. - Completed full PSD to Magento templates, as well as smaller bug fixes and front end amends. - In addition to Magento development, two WordPress blogs were created and themed solely. - Created mobile based themes; which involved redesigning layouts to fit mobile/tablet screens and numerous bug fixes. - Worked on a number of big name client websites, including Slendertone; Hawkin’s Bazzar/Letterbox; ESPA online; Harvard PLC and Kukkle Cards. - Version control with SVN and Git. From August 2012 to November 2012 (4 months) Shoreditch, LondonMagento Developer @ - Completed front end developer tasks, including a full PSD to Magento theme conversion (using HTML/CSS/PHP/JS) - Wrote a basic extension which adds social media bookmark links to product pages - Standard Magento store configuration, including installation; database setup; localisation and multi-store setup From July 2012 to August 2012 (2 months) Richmond, LondonLead Developer @ -Solo developer for a very large scale Magento project (from data migration [180k+ DB entries]; to Magento installation/configuration, including CSS tweaks to template; and integrating with existing back-office logistics system). -Research, suggest, plan and implement a new e-commerce solution - unifying the existing sites into an automated and manageable system. -I.e. Porting multiple OSCommerce sites (all with separate DBs), to Magento Enterprise (with a single DB); thus allowing for efficient site maintenance and product addition/changes. -Evaluate code to make sure it's valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems. -Maintain understanding of current web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups. -Communicate to managers and co-workers, with weekly conference calls, regular email updates and commit to at least 12hr Skype accessibility for direct responses and urgent situations. From September 2011 to July 2012 (11 months) Stockholm, Sweden (when working in-house) & London, UK (when off-site)Postgraduate Teaching Assistant @ Worked part-time (paid contract) as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant [in Practical Lab sessions] for the following modules (teaching Year One Undergraduates,in their second semester): - "Introduction to Programming" [teaching Java, using Processing] - "Website Design" [teaching HTML/PHP/CSS fundamentals] Responsibilities and skills gained: - Pre-preparation of lab tasks before each session. - Assisting large group classes (of over 60 students) through each lab task. - Being able to communicate to a diverse group of people (in skill, background and personality), in an accessible and non-patronising manner. - Grading first-year undergraduate coursework. From January 2012 to June 2012 (6 months) London, United KingdomFront End Web Developer - Freelance Contractor @ Worked on 15+ websites, mainly implementing bespoke CMS templates (on Joomla and WordPress platforms) - using HTML/CSS/PHP/MySQL. See for a number of examples. From April 2011 to September 2011 (6 months) London, United KingdomWeb Developer (OSCommerce Front/Backend) @ - Worked as an on-site developer during the summer months, with continued employment as an off-site contractor (while studying for an MSc part-time). - Developed a number of bespoke features and additions to their nine existing e-commerce sites (including extensive back-end work). - Suggested and implemented relevant social media strategies. - Developed over five concept websites for parent company, Pharabi AB. - Noted for ability to learn new technologies and languages in order to meet client demands. - In addition to web development responsibilities, I was regularly involved in daily SCRUM meetings with project leaders; where I suggested a number of features [including planning and implementation]. - Also helped out with any other responsiblities - from perfecting language for English sites and newsletter marketing; to helping move heavy stock deliveries and hands-on tasks. Notable sites which feature bespoke development: - (Pan-Euro site) - (Swedish eCommerce store) - (Parent Company site - built using WordPress) - (Swedish eCommerce store) - (UK Psychiatry Clinic - with offices based in Harley Street and The Priory) From June 2010 to March 2011 (10 months) Stockholm, SwedenWeb Designer and Developer @ -Sole designer and programmer for two conceptual websites, using Joomla CMS (for fast turnaround, due to tight deadlines). -Developed within a three-month period: from paper-based concepts, to bug-free live sites with a growing public community. -This involved several alpha and beta versions, finalised with a limited invite testing of the sites (~250 testers). -Several bespoke features and modules (both front-end and back-end) written for purpose, based on project requirements and feedback. -After launching the live site, a further three-six months of website maintenance (performed remotely, in London), which mainly involved solving individual member issues and performing site updates and functionality checks. -Regular communication with the project leader and company directors, keeping them informed of progress to gain feedback on future amends. -Project managed a small team of three, to launch the websites using cost-effective marketing techniques. From June 2008 to December 2008 (7 months) Stockholm, Sweden2nd/3rd Line Support Technician @ - Acting as help IT desk support for general staff queries relating to e-mail, and various software and hardware problems - Responsible for the backup tape circulation and checks for all sites in the Brent area - Experience with backup management software such as ARCserve IT and 2000 - PC hardware and software maintenance - Installing PC images and setting up systems on to the network - Set up of printers on to the network - Installation of different types of hardware, such as backup drives, hard drives, Palm pilots and digital cameras etc Installation of various software, such as Windows 9x, XP and NT, MS Office, Lotus notes etc From August 2002 to August 2003 (1 year 1 month) London, United KingdomTrainee Technician (as work experience intern) @ - Setting up LAN networks in various training labs - Maintenance of hardware in training labs - Assisted with display and preparation of educational presentations - Completed and passed several training courses - Various ad hoc duties such as computer maintenance work From June 1998 to June 1998 (1 month) Waterloo, London

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