BEN MARLEY CV

FRONT END WEB DEVELOPER

About

I am a motivated, self-taught Front End Web Developer with a range of creative and technical skills, as well as professional expertise gained in the Fine Art industry.

Following twelve years in a technical information management role in a fast-paced creative environment, I am now focused on consolidating my skills in Manchester’s digital industry. Over the past two years I have developed several WordPress sites and completed online courses in front end development as well as working in an agile environment in my current role at Street Support Network.

I am keen to continue my development within a progressive digital team, where I can utilise and enhance my skills.

Employment

Junior Front End Web Developer / Data Administrator

Street Support Network, Manchester (Since March 2017 and March - May 2016)

Providing front end and administrative support within a small software development team.

Front End Development:
Contributing to client side interfaces to add features, develop new pages, update content and resolve front end issues using CSS3, Sass, handlebars.js, BEM and Git
Testing
Cross Browser Testing | User Accepted Testing | Checking and improving site functionality and requesting new usability features | Finding, documenting and fixing bugs
WordPress:
Developed their WordPress blog in Spring 2016, utilising front-end skills: HTML5, CSS3, Sass, WordPress, PHP, Git
Working in an agile environment:
Exposed to source control, test-driven development, agile project management, task automation
Data:
Sourcing, fact-checking, writing, editing and publishing website content
Admin:
Managing volunteers | Supporting site users | Responding to public enquiries

Freelance Front End web Developer

Manchester (Since Jan 2016)

Designed and developed five custom responsive WordPress sites to date

Responsive Design:
Designed five live responsive websites & developed a 6th to existing design | Used media queries to ensure device compatibility
Theme development:
Used Automattic’s underscores starter theme to create bespoke sites | Local installation | Writing and editing HTML5, CSS3 and PHP templates | Child theme development
Version control:
See my Github page here
Client liaison:
Collaborating with clients to reach goals

Parental leave

Manchester (September 2014 - December 2015)

After leaving my full time role at Chris Ofili’s studio I became the primary carer for my daughter, prior to her starting primary education. During this time I enhanced my professional skills by studying web development, as well as carrying out consultancy work in the Fine Art industry.

Independent Archives Consultant

Ben Marley Consultancy, Manchester (September 2011 - December 2016)

Freelance consultancy work on archival matters for artist and gallery clients.

Archivist and Publications Liaison

Chris Ofili Office, London (October 2006 - August 2014)

Afroco is the studio of the Turner Prize winning artist Chris Ofili. I set up and managed the artist’s entire digital and physical archive from scratch, documenting over 20 years of practice. Fully responsible for coordinating photography of the artist’s works and all digital and print image reproductions.

Collaboration across multidisciplinary teams:
Collaborated across time zones with numerous national and international private clients and public institutions to deliver major art exhibitions and publications
Time management:
Worked to strict print deadlines when project managing and coordinating the production of fine art prints, exhibition catalogues and posters
Project management and support
Project managed and coordinated the major exhibition catalogues: Chris Ofili: Night and Day (2014) | Chris Ofili, Ovid - Diana & Actaeon (2012) | Chris Ofili (2010) | Chris Ofili (2009)
Developed digital image specialist skills:
| Used Adobe Photoshop for digital image manipulation and colour correction | Coordinated and signed off online and print image reproductions from postcards to billboards | Prepared image files for output
Improved workflow efficiency:
Created systems for storing digital assets to ensure the smooth running of the studio | Dropbox: Migrated 1TB of Data to the cloud to enable the artist and collaborators to access digital assets remotely | Upgraded collections management database from local to online system to enable wider access
Attention to detail:
Meticulously catalogued 11000+ database records | Copy-edited and proof-read print and online content
Image specialism:
Coordinated and signed off all online and print image reproductions consisting of billboards, London underground exhibition posters, gallery banners, invitations, postcards and merchandise
Information coordination and dissemination:
Collaborated with the artist and Tate Britain to deliver the artist’s largest exhibition to date - solely responsible for the accuracy of all biographical, historical and artwork related information both online and in print

English Language Teacher

Contextinc (Language School), Cologne, Germany (January 2000 - July 2001)

Taught English as a foreign language to adults from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.