About

Phil Thompson is an experienced freelance front-end web developer; currently splitting his time between a number of different digital agencies and clients across cities in the UK and living in London.

Specialities

Phil specialises in front-end (e.g. user interface or UI) web code and WordPress. For those of you who don’t understand digital jargon, this means he converts web designs (usually from Photoshop) into fully-functioning websites built upon the incredibly easy-to-use WordPress platform.

Working onsite at numerous digital agencies over the last decade, phil has become very adept at coming in and getting straight to work. Every agency (or in-house team) works slightly differently and each one thinks their methods are *the* best and that everyone else’s are wrong. His job is to finish the project he’s been assigned, impart some of the techniques he’s learnt elsewhere (without, of course, ruffling feathers) and then move onto the next project without the permanent developers cursing the code he’s left behind.

Examples & work history

Working directly with clients like Topshop, The Economist and Viacom along with digital agencies.

Through his work with digital agencies, Phil has worked with some large global and national brands including Playstation, The Rolling Stones, Boots, EA Games. This work is usually as part of a team.

For those interested in some of the projects Phil has been involved in, there is an online portfolio and for those interested in reading about what Phil has done in his career so far/his skills, there is an online CV. You can also see Phil’s Linkedin profile to see more about him work-wise.

Phil is available for freelance/contract work. If you’re a digital/design agency why not get in touch to see what Phil can offer.

Chosen charities

Currently Phil’s chosen charities are

  • The Christie, a Manchester-based Cancer centre that treats over 40,000 patients a year. Phil currently donates £600 a year.
  • Wood Street Mission, a Manchester-based charity providing practical help to children and their families. Phil currently donates £180 a year.
  • Shelter, a national UK charity working with homeless people. Phil currently donates £180 a year.
  • Booths Centre, a day centre that offers advice, activities and support to homeless people in Manchester. Phil currently donates £180 a year.
  • Mind in Haringey, provides information, advice and support to people affected by mental health problems, primarily in Haringey.
  • Magic Breakfasts, provides healthy school breakfasts to hungry and malnourished children in disadvantaged areas of the UK.

Phil also makes one-off donations as and when friends ask (if they are running/cycling an event for a charity). Stand-out events like Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Children in Need, etc always seem to tug at the heart strings so they usually get a donation too.

What’s with the yellow?

The short answer is because Phil likes loves it; the longer answer is that it makes the website stand-out. It allows for a very simplistic, some may say, minimalist design that maintains some character.

Some people like the yellow and some don’t.