Thismanslife : Design, Graphics, Photography. James Mellers, Nottingham, UK. This mans life, Phiculator, webdesign, web design, web design nottingham, website design nottingham

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Who is : Thisman

Essentials

James Mellers, 30, Edinburgh UK, Senior UX Consultant & Visual Designer for Adobe.
Previously, Nottingham UK, Multimedia Designer for 7+ Years at MEDIAmaker.

More? See my CV / Resumé


Ok, what's this website for then?

It's my portfolio. At the risk of sounding pretentious, it's "an archive of my graphical output". But, it's desperately out of date...
It's where I put my stuff for you to look at. Now, look at it, then email me to say hello.


Things you don't need to know

  • Born in November 1978, which means I've lived in 4 decades already. This worries me.
  • 6 foot-ish
  • I lived in standard suburbia in central England for far too long.
    Since 2007 I've lived in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • I've been working as a designer for almost a decade now. What sort of design? Digital, multimedia, "user experience". Primarily working with the on screen medium, I've designed many many websites, user interfaces and online games as well as illustrating, animating, branding, video editing, effects, music, sound... essentially, I make pretty things that you (yes, you) look at and interact with, on screen. I spend a lot of time thinking about you and anticipating your needs and wants, even things you don't know you want.
    I got into the business at the right time. This was a fluke.
  • And now, I'm pretty much where I want to be, moving onwards and upwards...

And finally...

Should you seek a more visual insight, you may wish to view Phontos, my phone cam dumping ground.

James Mellers : Possibly the most handsome man on the planet

Behold : Thismanlife.
James Mellers : Possibly the most handsome man on the planet
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Taken summer 2004 atop a mountain, Palm Springs, California. Yes, that's me.
See more pictures from this trip here.

Lusting for more information my inquisitorial friend? Then why not peruse my ever-so-lovely CV / resumé for more juicy facts about yours truly.

Of course, I also have the obligatory Myspace and Facebook pages.

...and my back catalogue of photographs co-exists both here, and on Flickr.

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Curriculum Vitae: The Facts



Curriculum Vitae

Updated

24 January 2009

James Anthony Mellers Essentials Born:
10 Nov 1978
Nottingham, UK

Current location:
Edinburgh, UK

Tel: Email to request
Email: james@thismanslife.co.uk
Web: thismanslife.co.uk

Skills UX User-centred design processes
User interviews
Process flows
Wireframing
Visual design
  Design Creative concepts
Branding
Artworking
Art direction
  Web RIA design
XHTML / CSS coding
Flash animation and coding
SEO basics
Sound knowledge of accessibility issues
  Platforms PC and Mac

Employment
Full time
April '07 - Present

Adobe Professional Services Edinburgh

Title:
Senior UX Consultant / Visual Designer

Role:
Designing interfaces, defining user experience and helping to pioneer the use of Adobe technology as a platform for developing highly usable, visually stunning and innovative RIA's

Site:
adobe.com/consulting

  Feb '00 - April '07 MEDIAmaker Ltd. Nottingham

Title:
Multimedia Designer / Head of Design Dept.

Role:
Wide ranging graphic and multimedia design. Produced design work from concepts through to final products. Layout, graphics, typography, illustration, photography, branding. Static, animated and interactive. Extensive use of standards compliant XHTML / CSS. Also responsible for managing design workload and overall graphical output from the multimedia design department.

Site:
mediamaker.co.uk

  Sept '99 - Feb '00 Evening Post Group Ltd. Nottingham

Title:
Scanner Operator

Role:
Liaising with editors and designers. Scanning, colour correcting, retouching, cropping and cut-outs of photographs to be included in publications produced by the Evening Post Group.


Employment
Work experience /
placement during studies
Mar '99 - Aug '99 Unit 5 Digital Ltd. Nottingham
2 Weeks placement
+ 1 day per week, March - August 1999

Title:
Mac Assistant

Role:
To assist in many areas of the studio.
Montage, retouch, and colour correction of photographs.
Creation of virtual room sets.
All making extensive use of Adobe Photoshop.


Further Education Sept '97 - June '99
South Notts College Nottingham
BTEC National Diploma
Photography & Imaging (2 years full time)

Grade:
Distinction

Core Modules:
Photography (Practical, Theory and History)
Digital Imaging
Design Studies
Communication Studies

Other Modules:
Video: Shooting / Editing
Book Binding

College Awards June '99 Best Digital Imaging
Awarded by South Notts College / Jigsaw Systems

Best Student
Awarded by South Notts College / Fuji
  June '98 Best Environmental (outdoor) Photography
Awarded by South Notts College / ProColour


 Early Education Pre '97 A-Level
Grades:
A: Photography
C: Art and Design
E: Physics

GCSE

Grades:
A*: Photography
A  :  Art and Design
A  :  Design and technology
A  :  English Language
A  :  English Literature
A  :  Geography
A  :  Mathematics
A  :  Science: Double Award I
A  :  Science: Double Award II
B  :  French


Press & Accolades Young Creative's Network Interview on YCNonline. Page archived here
TAXI design network Awarded website of the day: 06 Feb 2006 on TAXI design network
  Itchy City Guides Restaurant photography for Itchy Nottingham guide books
  Computer Arts Magazine Quoted in article on typography: Everyday inspiration
  Computer Arts Projects Magazine
"Perfect Portfolios"


Featured in article about online portfolios. Article image here
Other Qualifications Oct '96 British Driving License


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Design : Portfolio

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Photography : Portfolio

Photography sets

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TIP: Click the large picture to view fullsize

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Phiculator: Homepage

What on Earth is Phiculator?

Phi, the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, the golden section, the golden mean, the divine proportion. It’s known as many things, but the ratio they all refer to is the same, 1 : 1.61803399...

Found in art, architecture, design, and most intriguingly, in nature, this ratio has been used throughout history and today for its aesthetic beauty.

Phiculator (pronounced "fye·cu·la·tor") is a simple tool which, given any number, will calculate the corresponding number according to the golden ratio. Useful to anyone wishing to create anything with divine proportions!


How do I use it?

phiculator demo

Basics...
Simply type a number into either of the number entry areas and click the big Φ (phi) button at the bottom. Phiculator will calculate the corresponding number according to the golden ratio.

Two ways to calculate...
Enter a number into the larger box at the top, to calculate the smaller number below, or enter into the smaller box below, to calculate the larger number above.

Rounded results...
Use the Φ INT (phi : integer) to make the calculation rounded to the nearest whole number.


In more detail...


phiculator guide

Number Entry

Enter the number you wish to calculate a corresponding figure for into either of these two areas. Enter a number into the top area to calculate the smaller proportional value in the smaller box below, and vice-versa, enter a number into the bottom area to calculate the larger proportion in the larger box above

Pointer

Indicates which way you are performing the calculation...
CB>AC or CB<AC (small>large or small<large)

INFO

Displays the Phiculator information screen

Φ (phi) INT

Clicking here calculates your divine value to the nearest integer (no decimals!)

Φ (phi)

Clicking here calculates your divine value to 8 decimal places

CB:AC

Resets your Phiculator to the default values,
1 : 1.61803399


Disclaimer

This tool is offered free and with no guarantees! The author does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy of this application resulting from its use or misuse.

Created and published directly from Flash, there should be no reason why Phiculator is not safe. However, any loss of data, or other destructive effect occurring while using this tool is not the responsibility of the author. The author will not be held responsible or liable for any damages resulting from its use or misuse. You use this product entirely at your own risk. If you do not agree with this disclaimer or these conditions of use, you should not use Phiculator. Upon using Phiculator, you have agreed to these terms.


Try it online

Phiculator V0.9 BETA : LaunchPhiculator V0.9 BETA : Launch

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Reference material

Related links

Users

To my knowledge, Phiculator is used by:

Graphic designers
Fine artists
Architects
Engineers
Mathematicians
Kitchen designers
Aquarium designers
Origamists
Glass blowers

Thanks to everyone who's emailed me,
or linked to the site!

Contact

Email me

james@thismanslife.co.uk
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Contact : Thisman

Contact Details

Email : james@thismanslife.co.uk        Phone : Email to request


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Reasons why you might want to contact me...

  • To ask me about Phiculator
  • Because I like getting emails
  • Because you're bored
  • Because you think I might be bored
  • To ask me how I made my contact form (the answer is here)
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Previous : Splash Pages

The Archive

1999

V1

2000

V2

2001

TD Pic

2001

Rusty

2001

Life Weaves

2001

Trapped

2001

Riverside

2001

Inconsistent

2002

Corp Fun

2003

Pills

2006

Leaves Weave

Future

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Splash pages?

Yes, splash pages. A page which typically acts as an entry point to a site. An introduction. A taster. A teaser. A page which I updated sporadically from 1999 to 2006. Ever feel like you're getting old?

This page is an archive of the pages which previously fronted this site since its conception - sorted into chronological order.

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Phontos : Phone Cam Dumping Ground

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Pay thisman

Information

I use PayPal to accept a transfer of funds to my account but you don't need a PayPal account to use it, you can simply use a credit or debit card as you would to make any online purchase.

To make a payment, simply click the button opposite to be redirected to the PayPal site.








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Extras : All else

Animation

Flash

Projects

Monotony : photo-based narrative

Holiday Over : photo-based narrative

in'con'sis'tent / failing to regulate : photo-based, animated image

The Cube : photo-based narrative
The Cube Preview : trailer / teaser


Experiments

Teleport : experimentation with flash and JS


Doodles

evo. experiment : digest this one

TML TV ident : bouncy animation

Hole : simple tunnel effect

Impossible : simple optical trickery



Other

Junk I will probably remove soon

Life Tastes Good (QT) : feline based webcam 'doodle' (6.8mb)

Life Tastes Good (ZIP) : zipped version (3.8mb)

Mock Webcam : no idea why I did this


Images

Bad Photography : but is it art?

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