Curriculum Vitae: Martin J Thompson

Career journey

Education

  • First Class Honours in B.A. Sound Arts and Design.
  • 2009 - 2011, Bachelor's degree in Sound Arts and Design, London College of Communication, London.
  • 2008 - 2009, Bachelor's degree in Sonic Arts, University of Middlesex, London.

Coding & tech focus

  • HTML / Sass / Angular
  • Sublime / Git / Beanstalk
  • Statamic / Mailchimp
  • Gridset / Typecast
  • Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop
  • Affinity Designer / Affinity Photo
  • Trello / Clubhouse / Jira
  • Agile / Scrum

Career change

After 10 years walking the streets for Royal Mail, I left postal delivery behind and moved to the amazing city of London.

That was 2008.

Experience

I am largely a self-taught coder, and have surrounded myself with talented people to ensure a greater development of my skills. I have delivered to high standard in all my opportunities ranging from freelancing for unique and passionate creatives, developing small startups, to supporting the fast-paced environments found in larger corporations.

Over the last 8 years I have enjoyed working with backend developers, founders, marketing teams, investors and passionate clients. I employ a practice of inspiring, developing and optimising both in code and core values.

I enjoy and embrace fully the constant challenge of change, innovation, problem solving and strategy. I am intensely self-disciplined, self-driven and focused.

I am very comfortable when postitioned in leading and inspiring roles, and relish the excitement and motivation that emerges from team empowerment.

I have high analysis skills and I am always seeking out new perspectives and approaches to problems.

I design websites in code and utilise solid grid systems, strong typography and white space. I don't make pictures of websites.

Design extends way beyond perfect pixel placement on a screen, it is in everything we experience, touch, feel and appreciate. It helps us navigate, communicate, learn, inspire and redefine. It is fundamental in how we shape and exist in our world.

Design is a mindset.

Personal

I enjoy incredible coffee and recommend Has Bean Coffee, not only for its great taste, but also for the inspiring and incredible achievements of founder Steve Leighton.

I enjoy playing table-top games such as Dead of Winter and Kingdom Death: Monster, and love designing decks and playing FFG's LCG Android: Netrunner.

I am the founder of a record label called SM-LL which I run with my talented and beautiful wife Lucia. We are in our 4th year. SM-LL borrows from Agile practices in the way it operates, develops and releases music. We work with a variety of incredibly talented artists from across the globe.

I also programme electronic music into computers and hardware and have done so since I was 10 years old.

My dream design job would be in Wayfinding.

Selected clients

Contact

  • The quickest way to reach me is by email.