I really, really like making the internet.

I'm the lead designer and front end developer with the marketing team at Heroku.

Before that I looked after design and front-end development for the London based crowdfunding publisher Unbound, and co-founded the Melbourne based social film site Goodfil.ms and the creative agency Codename.

“Charlie has a formidable blend of talents: a grounded, empathetic design sense, an artist's eye for subversion, and the tenacity to do whatever—and learn whatever—is necessary to ship projects.”

I have worked as a technical lead and lead developer at a top Melbourne agency, and have taken on development and design roles in London, Perth and Melbourne. I have designed, built and managed everything from large-scale international projects through to small-scale labours of love.

Me, against a brick wall, looking awkward
Photo by John Barton, proving that I can look awkward from any angle.

On the technical side I work primarily with standards compliant HTML, progressively enhanced CSS, JavaScript (with Standard JS), Webpack, and Rails. Though many of my projects have been built on React and ES6 / ES2015, I think creating accessible and usable applications is more important than the stack behind them. I have managed small and large teams, set up internal processes for agencies and studios alike, balanced multiple third-party suppliers and implemented bespoke test plans with great success.

“Charlie's nicer friends will say great things about his creativity and empathy, which is true, but not interesting. Charlie has hustle. He works and he works and he works, and that is how he got so good at what he does.”

I am a fast learner, and thrive in challenging environments that offer opportunities for professional growth. Mostly I want to surround myself with people who are as excited about the web as I am.

“Charlie has a unique, articulate, polished understanding of design, art and how people interact and care for one another.”

In my spare time I like to work on micro projects, from tools for creative coding, to tweet-based music videos, to random episode selectors for Arrested Development. I also like to write about web development, contribute to open source, and share design resources.

My work has been featured by Google's Creative Sandbox, and has received numerous awards, including from Awwwards and the FWA.

I believe there are very few things that can't be made easier with consistently named variables.

“Charlie is a developer of exceptional talent. He is personable and fun, and these qualities made him universally loved by the team around him.”

— Becky Bolton, Junior Developer, Unbound

Built with create-react-app, react-router, react-helmet, react-snapshot, and styled-components. Hosted by surge.sh.

Education

  • Masters of Computer Science
  • RMIT University, Melbourne
  • 2011 - onwards (on hold)
  • Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design) with First Class Honours
  • Swinburne School of Design, Melbourne
  • 2003 - 2007

Talks & Workshops

2017

  • Master of Ceremonies: JSConf Budapest

2016

  • Decompress: Blending WebGL and video

2012

  • Web Directions South: You are a developer, the internet is your friend
  • What Do You Know: So, you are great (and so is Less CSS)

2011

  • What Do You Know: How to make your life more awesome with CSS3 media queries

Awards and achievements

2017

2016

  • The FWA, Site of the Day, Kōya
  • AWWWARDS, Honourable Mention, Kōya
  • The FWA, Site of the Day, Rugby
  • AWWWARDS, Honourable Mention, Rugby

2015

2014

  • Futurebook Innovation Awards, Best Publisher Website, Unbound

2013

2011

  • AWWWARDS, Site of the Day, The Story of Mick Roberts
  • Caples, Silver, Pop What You're Not
  • Award, Bronze, Pop What You're Not

2010

  • AIMIA, Nomination for Effectiveness, Pop What You're Not
  • ADMA, Bronze for Art Direction / Craft, Pop What You're Not
  • ADMA, Silver for Automotive, Pop What You're Not
  • MADC, Bronze for Best Microsite, Pop What You're Not

2007

  • Design Institute of Australia, Encouragement Award

Marathons

  • 2017 London Marathon
  • 2015 London Marathon