Hi there! As you may have guessed my name is Thomas, I'm a freelance motion graphics designer and website developer currently based in Manchester.
As my job title suggests; I split my time between creating motion graphics videos and designing/developing websites. I've been asked why I choose to mix the two and to be honest I think it's how I've always been wired, I like the mix of methodical thinking I get from web development and I love the creative side of motion graphics. I'm also finding there's more and more crossover between the two.
On the website development side of things I specialise in Drupal theme & module development - Drupal provides a great foundation on which to build all sorts of websites; from a simple blog or website a client can update themselves to an entire social network! Although I am predominantly a Drupal developer I also use other platforms such as Wordpress or Tumblr for creating blogs and smaller sites.
About a year ago I created GotBrief - an online community to help inspire creative people by providing a weekly one word brief to focus on. GotBrief also provides me with a way of exploring my interest in graphic design too - I like to create a new piece of work for the launch of each brief.
I studied at Lancaster University achieving a First Class MSci in I.T. & Media Communications.
My degree course covered a wide variety of topics ranging from the engineering principles of communication systems right up to the production of 3D graphics.
My favourite area of study was definitely to do with mobile communications: the structure of modern mobile networks and potential future of mobile technology. I also really enjoyed experimenting with new technology like RFID - seeing how it could be used to connect offline objects with online actions to create "the internet of things".
As I mentioned previously, although I specialise in Drupal I also like to experiment with other platforms & enjoy taking on little side projects in my spare time to learn more about them. My most recent side projects include:
- Paused TV Faces - a fun side project experimenting with the features of Tumblr.
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I'm also a Coeliac and have been since I was about 18 months old (it basically means I cannot eat anything containing Gluten) - if you'd like to know a bit more then take a look at the official Coeliac UK site.