Looking for a Junior Creative person…

7 03 2011

Recently, despite some tangential geek outs in the realms of Linux, EC2 and iOS development (more about that another time) I am doing more creative direction, pitching, presenting and sales support. It’s going extremely well and basically I am very overworked and looking to hire a full time assistant who can get involved with any or all aspects of our process – which I can loosely define as:

  • Receive initial pseudo brief from client first contact
  • Interpret their agenda, research the problem space, turn this into an internal brief
  • Brainstorm & come up with several innovative, interesting, cross platform ideas
  • Pick the best of these and ensure it fits with the wider campaign/brand platform
  • Ensure idea is achievable (time/budget/legal) and technically feasible
  • Devise a way to sell the client the idea (email/illustrations/scamps/flats/proof of concept)
  • Turn the above into a beautifully presented, coherent presentation, swiftly and effectively
  • Maintain high levels of client service in written and verbal communication
  • Be agile and flexible and modify this pipeline whenever suitable
  • I don’t care if this person comes from a background which is classically considered as technical (BEng/BSc) or creative (BA/Illustration) or even if it is a non graduate who has taught themselves CSS whilst goatherding/wakeboarding/waitressing. We can teach you the tools you will need and don’t have unreasonable expectations as to what you will have worked on so far. I just need you to be clever, creative, enthusiastic, positive and motivated. Sound good to you or anyone you know? Please send them on the brief below.

    Job Brief:

    We are looking for a Junior Creative who is interested in what is effectively an apprenticeship in the creative industry. The role will be very diverse and will require an imaginative person with an interest in the areas of media, marketing, advertising, software development. This person will gain loads of hands on experience in an expanding, fast paced small company that is going places in a growth industry. We particularly wish to seek keen, enthusiastic, self motivated, hungry to learn, bright eyed/bushy tailed problem solvers with excellent communication & interpersonal skills.

    The only prerequisites are that you are an active consumer of digital media (Facebook/Twitter/Youtube/Vimeo/Flickr/Soundcloud etc...) so you understand the paradigm and the culture that we work with and that you want to learn the art and craft of imagining and realising content for these platforms and the wider web, wherever that may be - think Android/iPhone/Tablets/Kiosks/TV/Whatever.

    Anyone with a qualification, blog or online portfolio of photography/music/illustration/art/design/code/life experience will be considered. We can offer you a good starting salary of 18-25k dependent on skills experience & qualifications. If you have skills in any Adobe Creative Suite software or any web/mobile development platforms e.g HTML/JavaScript/PHP/Flash/Linux it will help you greatly and you will be able to get your hands dirty fast and learn from seasoned professional designers/developers/copywriters/project managers/account handlers etc.

    If you are interested please send a concise (<200 words) email and link/cv to :

    Rob OOSocial Contact Details

    N.B I’ve blurred out my number on the above to deter OCR bots but if you are capable of getting this job I’m sure you can work out how to get hold of me :)

    P.S I’d also be interested to hear from anyone who has read this from the perspective of one who has experience finding and hiring (or is looking to hire) a person in a similar role. Where did you publish your brief? Do you have any recommendations? Does requesting a less defined role yield better or worse responses? Ta!

    PureMVC Forum is ultra useful & friendly

    18 02 2009

    Pure MVCAbsolutely brilliant forum over at PureMVC. I had some heavy questions today and Cliff & Jason helped me an awful lot with some wide ranging and tricky concepts.  Thanks for the assistance guys :)

    Beardyman B-Live Beatology site live

    15 01 2009

    The latest site I’ve been working on has been live in Germany for a week or so now and is running nicely so thought I’d do a quick post in case anyone reading is interested in what I’ve been building lately…

    Beardyman B-Live Beatology

    If you can read Deutsch – the live site is http://www.blivebeatology.de – the version I’m linking is a showcase version in English so you’ll have a clue what’s going on. The basic premise of this site is that you upload a picture of your face and get back a video of yourself beatboxing but there’s a hoard of other functionality to explore and a big social element including a Facebook App so you can post your generated videos and share amongst your friends. The amazing video assets are all custom shot by Superglue and we’re very proud of it all. A holiday is in order for me but I shall probably do a bit more of a write up on it at a later date.

    So… if you want to try it out or see an example grab a passport style photo of you – higher res and higher contrast the better ( sub 500KB) or if you don’t have one to hand, save this one below to your desktop. You’ll need a decent video player like VLC to watch .FLV directly but our system also generates an AVI. I’ve linked the image below to the generated AVI for this image and you can watch the FLV for it here if you prefer.

    German Girl test photo

    The back end will map the image onto one of 4 3D meshes, analysing it and applying one of several matrices to get the best fit and generate the videos on the back end which then send it back to you in Flash. We’re also creating 3GP videos for mobiles which are downloaded via a QR code link and allowing Webcam upload as a photo submission method so have been very busy.

    Beardyman B-Live Beatology

    Enjoy the beatboxery :)

    Flash AS2 Justgiving.com RSS Parsing

    5 12 2007

    Here’s a quick method of parsing your justgiving.com RSS feed in AS2

    As a little background – here is my Just Giving Gorilla Run 2007 page and here’s the corresponding RSS feed


    This AS2 Actionscript function returns the total online donations as a Number, it’s a bit quick and dirty but will do a job ;)

    [code lang="actionscript"]

    function parseRSSForTotalOnlineDonations(justGivingURL:String, justGivinGroupID:String) {

    var jgGrID = justGivinGroupID;
    var jgStr = justGivingURL+jgGrID;
    var rssSend_lv:LoadVars = new LoadVars();
    var rssReply_lv:LoadVars = new LoadVars();

    rssReply_lv.onLoad = function(success:Boolean) {
    if (success) {

    var rssXML:XML = new XML(this);
    var st:String = new String(rssXML.childNodes[0]);
    arr = st.split('Total');
    st2 = unescape(arr[1]);
    arr2 = st2.split('');
    st3 = unescape(arr2[0]);
    arr3 = st3.split('#');
    st4 = arr3[1];
    arr4 = st4.split(';');
    st5 = unescape(arr4[1]);
    arr5 = st5.split('.');
    st6 = unescape(arr5[0]);
    var totalDonations:Number = new Number(st6);


    } else {
    trace("Connection Failed!");


    rssSend_lv.sendAndLoad(jgStr, rssReply_lv, GET);




    As ever if this helps you please distribute this link via any of the provided Bookmarking tools. Cheers.

    Copy Embed Tag to Clipboard from Flash

    3 12 2007

    Just finished an AS2 Flash cross browser “Copy to clipboard from Flash” solution (copies a MySpace pastable tag). You can see the final widget clicking through on my MySpace page. Here’s the tag generator site featuring said copy to clipboard functionality that lets you copy the code for this widget:

    Respect to Jeffothy for the DHTML solution of using encodeURIComponent() I updated this somewhat and made it write the MySpace tag to a hidden div. To get a clearer view of what’s going on please feel free to have a nose at my test version:


    Here’s the (mega simple) AS2 :

    [code lang="actionscript"]

    copyToClip_btn.onRelease = function() {


    Where _root.copyURL is a variable appended via a query string (as MySpace doesn’t allow FlashVars) e.g.


    I’m sure those of you savvy enough to do a view source will benefit enormously from my JS/CSS code ;) If this helps you in any way please distribute this link via any of the provided Bookmarking tools; thanks!

    Enjoy ;)

    Flash getURL clickthrough workaround for MySpace

    3 12 2007

    Found a way to get around the fact that you can’t use getURL to do clickthroughs from Flash embedded in MySpace. (They banned using getURL due to last years Flash injected XSS “Samy is my friend” worm crippling many a benign Flash app)

    The way round it is to position images in the places where you want the clickthroughs. Now this sounds easy but there’s no documentation, you can’t use DHTML layers or JS or full CSS layouts (have to use tables), theres a million CSS bits you have to override and the editor does a search and replace on certain strings when you save the tag in MySpace and sometimes treats whitespace as line breaks – very frustrating!

    Finally nailed it – the London Marathon Countdown Widget app I built is hosted on my MySpace http://www.myspace.com/lordrobertmc, clicks through ok and is tested in IE7, Firefox & Safari. Here’s the code if you’d like to benefit from my painful experience ;)

    N.B I also discovered that you can’t use FlashVars to embed variables only ? querystring. Bah

    Here’s what your widget will look like:

    Here’s the code:

    <style type=”text/css”> table.adiflmw { width: 396px; height: 250px; border-width: 0px 0px 0px 0px; border-spacing: 0px; border-style: none none none none; border-color: white white white white; background-color: white; } table.adiflmw td { border-width: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; border-style: none none none none; border-color: white white white white; background-color: white; -moz-border-radius: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } a:link, a:active, a:visited { color:#ffffff; } </style> <table class=”adiflmw”> <tr> <td valign=”top” align=”left”> <span> <a href=”http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/” id=”adiCt1″><img src=”http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/adiflm396x38.jpg” border = “none” /></a><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowScriptAccess=”never” allowNetworking=”internal” height=”130 name=” width=”396″ align=”middle” data=”http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/Clock02.swf?spURL=http://www.justgiving.com/gorillarob&getCountDownLink=http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/”> <param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”never” /> <param name=”allowNetworking” value=”internal” /> <param name=”movie” value=”http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/Clock02.swf?spURL=http://www.justgiving.com/gorillarob&getCountDownLink=http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/” /> <param name=”quality” value=”high” /> <param name=”wmode” value=”opaque” /> <param name=”bgcolor” value=”#ffffff” /> </object> <br> <a href=”http://www.justgiving.com/gorillarob” id=”adiCt2″><img src=”http://adidaswidgets.glueserv.co.uk/v9/adiflm396x82.jpg” border = “none” /></a> </span> </td> </tr> </table>

    N.B You’ll have to manually swap those curly brackets for standard double quotes as Code Snippet doesn’t like this block for some reason :(

    If this helps you in any way please distribute this link via any of the provided Bookmarking tools; thanks!

    Enjoy ;)