Hi! I'm Sam Brown, a full-stack web developer and have recently joined Ustwo!
From 2011 - 2014, I was part of UNIT9's web force as a technical lead. There, I worked on challenging productions, for a range of interesting clients like Google, Disney, Nissan, The Nature Conservancy & J&J.
I'm 23 and from North Somerset but now live in London. I graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2012 with a BSc in Web Applications Development, having started my professional career 3 years earlier.
Stuff I love: solving weird and complex problems, building things, open source software, football, games, all sorts of music, being lucky enough to work with absurdly talented people, achieving things I never thought I would, funny subreddits and occasionally making stupid stuff.
Role: Tech Lead
I led this project's technical side from pitch and discovery phase right through to delivery in about 7 weeks (great job team!). The site, aimed at parents-to-be, takes any name you give it and finds out interesting data from the web about it.
Key tech: Django, Celery, Backbone.js, GSAP/TweenMax, SoundJS
Client: Johnson & Johnson, DM9 DDB
Role: Tech Lead
I lead the technical side of Google's showcase site for the Nexus 5 phone that launched last year. A responsive, retina-compatible & parallax project with interactive 'moments', this site was visited by millions during the annoucement week. A challenging but rewarding project including integration with some internal Google systems.
Key tech: AngularJS, GASP/TweenMax, Maia
Role: Front-end Developer
Slavery Footprint is an interactive platform that estimates the amount of slavery likely to be taking place based on lifestyle choices of the user. Developed for a US non-profit. One of my first projects at UNIT9, I helped build the core backbone app with the tech lead.
Key tech: Backbone.js, RequireJS, Google Swiffy, Underscore
Client: Call & Response, MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER
Role: Co-Lead Developer
In 2011/2012 UNIT9 underwent a minor rebranding process and part of this was getting a new website (which was a simple blog for the past 5 years). A colleague and I were given the project and managed development ourselves. We developed a highly sophisticated and feature-rich bespoke site on top of Wordpress that has provided a massive boost to the agency's visibility and is actively maintained and developed today.
Role: Assisted as Front-end Developer
This project was an extremely impressive WebGL experience for Disney's 2013 Oz film. Studying at the time, I was drafted in to assist the final few weeks of development. I built an early version of the interactive music jukebox.
Key tech: Backbone.js, Grunt, WebGL, SoundJS
Client: Disney, Google
Developer for this scrolling experience made for nature.org.
Front-end developer for this project.
I developed a 'dashboard' front-end that lived as a facebook app.
I recently did some prototyping and research for a pitch to promote Google's Chromecast device. An example of the R&D I typically do.
A 3D-like circular carousel plugin for jQuery.
I was lead front-end developer for this music aggregation project. Also for a university module. Works better than youtube.com on the PS4!
An express.js & websockets experimentation project for a university module.
A personal side project that was a precursor to Playback. A much more simple and unsophisticated music aggreation place.
A very simplistic project that aggregates interesting data from the web community - from a 12-hour hackathon.