Chris Dews


Full-Stack Web Developer based in London


Full stack web developer with a previous career in IT & operations project management.
Passionate about learning web development. Experienced with React, JavaScript & Ruby on Rails.

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Work

Umusambi Village
Website Build - Coming Soon!

Brief:
Create a new website with the purpose of generating interest and visitors to Kigali's first nature reserve.

Visit umusambivillage.org »

Used on this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Photoshop
  • Wordpress
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Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association
Website Build & Email Campaign

Brief:
Create a new website which told RWCA's inspiring story, incorporated CTAs to encourage contact and donations. Digital marketing to promote the fine work RWCA does in Rwanda.

Result:
I customised a Wordpress theme to create an attractive website that met all of RWCA's requirements and more. I trained the team on how to add new content themselves and kicked off an email marketing campaign using Mailchimp. Olivier Nsengimana, the founder of RWCA was delighted with the result and referred me to his contacts for other projects.

Visit rwandawildlife.org »

Used on this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Photoshop
  • Wordpress
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
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British Education Korea
Website Build

Brief:
Create a new website befitting the top-tier level of education offered by BEK, the focus was on driving an increase in student numbers by presenting the school in a prestigeous way.

Result:
Using a bootstrap template as a starting point, I used high quality imagery and modified CSS to ensure the end product was an appealing, responsive, fast loading website. CTAs were placed strategically to encourage prospective students to get in touch to arrange a tour.

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Skills Used on this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Bootstrap
  • Photoshop
  • Google Analytics

"Chris has always been approachable, responsive and extremely professional and we are sorry to see him leave! After launching our organisation website, we were so satisfied with the result, we asked him to help us with two separate sites connected to our organisation. I can highly recommend working with Chris."
- Olivier Nsengimana, DVM, MVetSci
Founder and Executive Director
Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA)

Projects

Footy Royale
A premier league football battle royale style prediction game.

on Github | live demo

  • Ruby on Rails backend – RESTful JSON API using serializers to minimise API calls for each user.
  • React frontend with Semantic styled components.
  • JWT authentication to handle user login/sign up.

Tech used to create this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Semantic UI
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Photoshop


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Westworld Showdown
A Westworld themed top trumps statistic selection game.

on Github | live demo

  • React with React Router to optimise user experience.
  • JavaScript - ES6 arrow functions.
  • Ruby on Rails to persist user and league data with PostgreSQL.

Tech used to create this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Semantic UI
  • Ruby on Rails
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Beer or Horse
An addictive selection game. Is it a beer? or a horse?

on Github | live demo

  • Vanilla JavaScript with AJAX calls.
  • Ruby on Rails with Action Cable to handle WebSocket connections for user’s score live updates.
  • Bootstrap CSS framework.

Tech used to create this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Bootstrap
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails
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ShoutR
A Twitter clone built entirely with Ruby on Rails.

on Github | live demo

  • Ruby on Rails – MVC design model. User authentication and password hashing with Bcrypt
  • Bulma CSS framework.

Tech used to create this project:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Ruby on Rails
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About Me

Full-Stack Web Development

I'm a full-stack web developer who takes great pride in creating attractive, responsive and user friendly web applications. Currently i'm loving working with React.

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • JQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • Photoshop
  • Wordpress
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Analytics
  • Mailchimp
  • React
  • Semantic UI
  • Ruby on Rails


Project Management

I have previously worked in IT Project Management and have led projects from hardware upgrades to website overhauls. This experience has certainly helped me to look at my work through the eyes of my clients.

Always driven to look for the most efficient way to get the admin done, I learnt, and eventually trained others in the advanced use of Microsoft Excel.

  • Google Analytics
  • G Suite for Education
  • Prince 2 Project Management
  • Microsoft Excel



Education

Mathematics BSc, University of Manchester - UK
Full Stack Web Development - Ruby on Rails and JavaScript program, Flatiron School - London
Frontend Web Development, Wcoding - Seoul SK


Away from work

My wife works for the British Foreign Office so we have travelled a lot. We've previously lived in Seoul, South Korea and Kigali, Rwanda. Both such interesting places with difficult histories and inspiring stories.

I love sports, i'll watch anything and play what my aging joints will allow! At the moment i'm getting back into Tennis after a long hiatus.

Contact

I'm in London at the moment and i'm looking for a full time position. Contact me if you want to talk: