Hi, my name is Jimi Bailey. I'm a Software Developer, but more often referred to as a Creative Developer. You've most likely arrived on this page through a link from one of the projects I've worked on. I do work freelance but the majority of my public work is known by 'MeYouAndUs', a creative partnership with Alastair Eilbeck. You can read details of that work on the MeYouAndUs website.
The brief for TILO is quite broad and requires the use of a number of technologies. As lead developer I'm currently researching and using:
The internet is now a very powerful tool. Even for simple web apps I'm now looking at leveraging:
Doing any of these from scratch would be a huge drain on my time, a resource I can't afford to squander. Instead these platforms and services provide an easy jump off point meaning I get to do more interesting creative work sooner. On going, the Third Party maintains and manages their service requiring only occasional input from myself, automatically scaling as my demands on the service grow.
I started out about 15 years ago building websites with HTML and Flash. Flash was my favourite as you could be quite creative. I was lucky to get a job in the industry and for the next 4 years I worked for a couple of Digital Agencies for clients including:
During that time home broadband became more widespread and as a result demands for Flash increased as people came to expect more interactive experiences online. I got to specialise in Actionscript and Flash developing web assets, games and offline touch screen kiosk.
After a while I was itching for a change, the pace at which I was learning new things had slowed. I was offered the opportunity to join a relatively new company doing interesting work with Digital Signage. They wanted me to learn to develop for Digital Signage which was new to me and presented an interesting challenge. At the same time there was a demand for multimedia skills such as Aftereffects and Cinema4d. Over 2 years I really got to work on those skills and had an amazing time.
I wanted to work on my own projects and took the step of going freelance. In charge of my own time schedule I could learn anything that took my interest. Through projects with MeYouAndUs I was presented problems and challenges that required faster code and network connections. I took the plunge and started learning C++ and NodeJS. It wasn't an immediate switch but my knowledge steadily grew.