Good Morning

You’ve found yourself at the home of an English Front End Web Developer and User Interface lover, Simon Taggart.

Who?

Born in Britain, he grew up in a sleepy village called Fair Oak

Map of Fair Oak

It's really dull, NOTHING happens

He then moved to Australia, a much better option, where he fiiiiiiiiinally got his Permanent Residency, so now he really doesn't have to return to that god forsaken dump country, England.

Currently he resides in Melbourne back in Sydney, where he is warmer.

The boring bits

An intro

He builds robust, elegant and exquisite interfaces for the web and mobile devices in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Passionate about quality, obsessive about computed line-heights and font-sizes, he drinks way too much coffee Herbal Tea and can’t eat bread… or dairy… or soy… he’s an odd chap a Hipster…

He’s worked in a variety of industry sectors whilst creating things on the web. He’s done the public sector thing whilst at Southampton Solent Uni, and with Abacus e-media clients, Lincolnshire County Council. He’s worked in online publishing having worked on sites for the likes of Design Week, The Engineer and Meed. He’s produced and overseen work for clients in the consumer and B2B sectors in Australia and the UK including Scotthall BMW and Mini, Southampton Football Club, Derby County Football Club, Queens Park Rangers, Electrolux, Nivea, Pfizer, MCN, Campbells, Equal and Variety the Children’s Charity.

Currently he is plying his trade working with the team at Flippa.

He’s done stuff:

Go to SitePoint
SitePoint.com

SitePoint is the unsung hero of the Australian Start-up scene, publishing books, articles and tutorials on web development since 1999, and spinning out or founding successful companies such as 99Designs, Learnable, Flippa, Tweaky, Developer Auctions and Broadstack.

It was a privileged to be UI Lead on this stunning re-design, bringing the company back to the cutting edge and placing their content in pride of place, in a mobile first, responsive site.

  • HTML5
  • OOCSS
  • JavaScript
  • Zurb Foundation
  • Responsive
Go to Dashfolio
Dashfolio

Dashfolio is a complete re-think of a product that was released in late 2012 and aims to change the way you deal with and monitor your website metrics. Completely re-designed and rebuilt UI, he was heavily involved in it all.

From the major UX work, to a little visual design, to pretty much all of the Interface Development work, this great looking app delivers you insight to your website portfolio, and guides you through key metrics inside a Backbone.js app. You should just use it anyway, it'll teach you things.

  • HTML5
  • OOCSS
  • JavaScript
  • Backbone.js
  • UX Design
Go to Broadstack
Broadstack

Broadstack is the latest company to come out of the SitePoint group. Aiming to give developers a place to manage and provision add-ons to their web applications or development stack.

As UI lead this site is simple and clear to allow a often complex task of provisioning add-ons to your web stack, to be much easier to manage. It’s built on top of the excellent framework Foundation from Zurb.

  • HTML5
  • OOCSS
  • JavaScript
  • Zurb Foundation
  • Responsive
Medibank

A tonne of design work was already done by the time he started at Medibank. He was mainly tasked with the maintenance and improvements of a Backbone.js app in the Medibank quote tool, for new features and full customisation for new corporate clients.

He was also responsible for stabilising and releasing v1.0 of the Medibank Styleguide, the starting point of a new, consistent and easy to build suite of Medibank properties.

  • HTML5
  • OOCSS
  • JavaScript
  • Backbone.js
  • Require.js
  • Make
Go to Medibank
Go to My Coffee My Barista
My Coffee My Barista

This years My Coffee My Barista campaign, brought to the coffee loving world by Equal, is a campaign aimed to help support local barista talent and find Australia's favourite Barista.

Utilising the latest web technologies, the website uses a responsive design to get greater public engagement in any location, using their desktop or mobile devices. HTML5 Geo-location provides a pain free café finding service, to get people voting quicker.

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Geo-location
  • Responsive design
  • Web fonts
MySwitch

A tool provided by the Australian Government to allow the general public to find out more information about the Digital Switch-over and where they live.

A heavily data driven site, Google maps is used to provide visual representation of signal strength, transmitter locations, switch off boundaries, satellite coverage and more.

He provided a rewrite of the UI for Phase 3 of the project, including JS structure and JavaScript templating

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Maps API
  • Underscore
  • JSON
Go to MySwitch

He probably tweeted this…

Tweets by @SiTaggart

…there’s a distinct possibility he took these…

You don’t seem to have JavaScript and therefore you don’t get to see our pretty pictures.

… and more than likely listened to this, possibly terrible album for most of last week…

You don’t seem to have JavaScript and therefore you don’t get to see my most popular album this week.

Still going?

Here, have a kitten…

Kittie