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Engineering Better Software | Declan Tyson, Web and Application Engineer

This is who I am

Multi-disciplined software engineer, Dachshund owner and Bond enthusiast

This is what I do

I work with some of the world's best known brands and organisations, providing software solutions across a wide variety of platforms. I specialise in creating mobile applications and app-like experiences for the web.

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United Nations

Climate action agenda

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United Nations

NAZCA Climate action agenda

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is dedicated to improving the world's attitude to climate change. The NAZCA Climate Portal is one of the tools it uses to convince businesses, cities and investors - both short-term and long-term - to become greener.

I built the front-end and had significant input into the back-end. With over eleven thousand commitments and counting, it is a hugely successful project that is continually changing the world, with international recognition from climate change activists including US presidential candidate Al Gore and Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The tool is built in .NET and visible at http://climateaction.unfccc.int/.

BT MyDonate

iOS and Android applications

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BT MyDonate

iOS and Android applications

MyDonate is BT's free fundraising service - unlike JustGiving and VirginMoneyGiving, all monies raised via the service go directly to the charity (paying out an extra 5p in the pound).

The iPhone and Android applications allow MyDonate fundraisers to keep up to date with their progress. The app tracks donations and tagets for multiple events and facilitates the promotion of MyDonate fundraising pages using text, email or via Facebook and Twitter. It is easy to use and provides fundraisers more opportunities to raise money for their charities. I maintain and update the code, fixing bugs and adding new features.

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Banque Pictet & Cie SA

iOS applications

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Pictet

iPad and iOS applications

Pictet is a wealth and asset management group based in Geneva, Switzerland. It attracts financial institutions and clients with high net worth.

I built the entirety of the Retirement Planning sales tool, which runs on iOS. With a sleek and luxurious design and an intuitive user interface, it allows the user to outline their retirement funding by taking in details about their current finances, adjusting their overall spend and investment options, and provide information regarding what Pictet can do for them.

A demo is available upon request.

BT

Employer Brand Toolkit

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BT

Employer Brand Toolkit

Until now, the BT employer brand simply evolved over time. It's been inconsistently applied and not always very inspiring. The Employer Brand Toolkit is a movement to bring it closer to the core BT brand and values.

The toolkit allows users even with limited technological prowess to build beautiful and on-brand recruitment adverts.

I built the front-end - built in HTML, CSS (LESS) and JavaScript - as a completely standalone set of files to the back-end, connecting it with a JSON API. I also choreographed and edited a video to demonstrate the toolkit's functionality.

A demo is available upon request.

National Grid

Brand and asset management platform

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National Grid

Brand and asset management platform

National Grid is the company that owns and operates the UK and northeastern United States' electricity and gas supply networks.

The Brand Central site is a resource for National Grid's designers and marketers to make sure what they produce adheres to National Grid's brand and tone of voice. It includes a file management system for the company's representatives to approve or disapprove any marketing materials before they are released.

I built the front-end of the site and integrated it with the content management system.

A demo is available upon request.

United Nations

Climate funding snapshot

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United Nations

Climate funding snapshot

The December 2015 Paris Agreement was key for the future of climate change on our planet as we know it, and was hailed by The Guardian as "The world's greatest diplomatic success". However, this historic agreement required huge diplomatic agreements, many of which were only sealed with the use of this Climate Funding Snapshot.

On a Thursday evening, members of the UNFCCC scribbled down an idea to convince some member states of the Agreement's financial prospects, and by Monday morning we had made it into a reality - a fully working, interactive JavaScript canvas application. I developed the front-end and built the specification for the data which was to be provided in a JSON format.

View it at http://climatefundingsnapshot.com/.

Twin

Suite of websites

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Twin

Suite of websites

Twin is a multi-layered business that offers a wide range of services, including employability training, English language courses and working and volunteering programmes abroad.

In 2012 they underwent a merge of multiple businesses and as a result updated their brand identity. I competely redeveloped all of these websites to match their new brand, and have continued to upgrade and maintain them ever since, including extensive integration with their CRM using C#.

BT

Brand Central OS X Widget

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BT

OS X notification widget for BT Brand updates

The BT Brand is ever-changing and evolving, and even minor changes can have a huge impact on the agencies that implement it. So, we were asked to build a system that would allow the brand team to keep them informed.

The OS X widget, built in Objective-C using the Cocoa framework, sits on the dock until a notification is sent from a bespoke C#-based API. Then a custom notification appears on the user's desktop - naturally, in step with the BT brand.

A demo is available upon request.

Poetry By Heart

Web anthology, data solution and educational resource

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Poetry By Heart

Web anthology, data solution and educational resource

Poetry By Heart is a poetry recital competition for UK secondary school students. They wanted a clean, accessible, innovative website with a smooth experience. However, this project is more than just a website.

On top of building them a responsive web application, I designed and built a bespoke data structure to replace their outdated spreadsheet-based system. This allowed them to take charge of their competition registrations with multiple user access, reporting functionality, advanced filtering options and much more. What's more, it all integrates tightly with their CMS for maximum user-friendliness.

In addition to the HTML/CSS/JS triad, this website makes use of PHP and MySQL. You can browse through the anthology at http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/.

StoryStore

Rails-based story collation application

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StoryStore

Rails-based story collation application

StoryStore is a community for writers who want somewhere to share their ideas so that they can get recognition, inspiration and feedback.

StoryStore is an open-source application. It has a GitHub repository and is open to suggestions and bugfixes. The site is entirely of my creation from the Ruby on Rails framework to the HTML, SCSS and CoffeeScript front-end.

http://www.story-store.org/

Utan Gargan

Responsive web application

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Utan Gargan

Responsive web application

Utan Gargan is a packaging solutions company in the North East of England. They previously had no online presence and wanted to promote their brand as an up-market and premium cardboard packaging supplier.

I designed and developed a beautiful and responsive web application making use of their brand imagery and videos to convey their message with enticing transitions using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

http://www.utangargan.com/

People United

Creative Block

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People United

Good Gaming Project

Good Gaming is a collaborative project with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. We were challenged to design creative and positive computer games, with altruism as a central theme and gameplay that encourage players to learn and reflect on how they can make a difference in the world.

For more information about the project, visit http://peopleunited.org.uk/project/good-gaming/.

I was lead programmer on the PC version of Creative Block and the sole developer for the Android port. I also had some input into graphics development. The game is heavily inspired by the 1982 Atari 2600 game Gopher. The game requires you to nurture and develop creative ideas, fighting off creative blocks with brainwaves.

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This is only a sample of what I do. If you want to know the bigger picture, please get in touch.

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