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Benjamin Fox Studios

computational art // interactive development // creative code

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Selected Work

HYPE Framework contributions

May 2010 - present

Additional behaviors, bug fixes and features contributed to Joshua Davis' HYPE Framework, including magnetic poles, orbiting, wave amplifier on oscillation, 3D grid layouts. This is an ongoing project of love and creative inquiry, results of experiments and play are posted on tumblr.


CNC Milled Skate Decks, built with Processing

July 2012, Anderson Ranch, "From digital to physical" w/ Joshua Davis


Resident Evil 6 Viral Marketing

November 2011 - November 2012, Agency: Brothers & Sisters / Chroma

Wordpress theme development and multiple language support, load balanced server set up, content delivery network

Site available at: www.nohopeleft.com (now maintained by third party)


Sky Sports Formula 1 HD

September 2011, Agency: Brothers & Sisters / Chroma

HTML5 & CSS3 animated site with responsive designs optimized for tablet and mobile layouts, Twitter feed integration, geo-targeting for access restriction for rights holders.

Site no longer available


Automotive World

June 2008 - October 2008, Agency: Core // October 2012 - January 2014, direct

Originally a rebuild from an old ASP site with a massive unorganised MSSQL database, into a lean Zend Framework solution with a normalized MySQL database. A custom shopping cart and subscription service was built, with payment integration with WorldPay, and a bespoke email list manager was built to send daily and weekly custom email digests to customers, sending on average 10,000 daily emails and 40,000 weekly. Front end work was carried out with SEO and accessibility in mind, achieving high rankings in Google News.

A follow up project was completed directly with the client, porting the old data from the rebuild into WordPress. Around 65,000 news articles and several gigabytes of tags and category information was exported from the proprietary format into WordPress. Additional WordPress custom plug-ins and theme optimizations were also carried out.

Site available at: www.automotiveworld.com (now maintained by third party)

Racing UK digital products

October 2010 - present, Agency: Chroma

Development services for the full suite of digital products by the UKs leading horse racing television channel.

Work includes the full site rebuild (front and back) in early 2011 using Expression Engine (templating and custom add-ons). Daily processing of large data sets, including XML feeds from the Press Association of news, races & results, betting partner integration, mass email distributions, and real time betting odds using Java message queues (resulting in the first non bookmaker app to support in-app betting). Single sign on support and back end services for iOS/Android apps.

Site available at: www.racinguk.com


Keiichi Matsuda's Prism

September 2012, V&A Museum, London

Data visualizations of London city data, built with Processing. The visualizations were used as part of Keichii Matsuda's projection mapping project, Prism.

For more information, see: http://km.cx/projects/prism/


Shinpad sports insurance

July 2013, Agency: Chroma

Expression Engine templates and custom add on development, providing the online purchase and payment for sports injury insurance policies. Complex business logic was converted into an easy to use system, integrating with SagePay, with custom PDF generation of policies on successful purchases.

Site available at: www.shinpadinsurance.com


Rhizome // Recode Project

November 2012, commission for the Rhizome 2013 Fundraiser

A recode of Roger Coqart's "From the Square Series", 1977, as part of the ReCode project. The project aims to recode old digital artworks into Processing to preserve them for future learning and experimentation.

Photo courtesy of Zoƫ Salditch / Rhizome

For more information, see: http://recodeproject.com/


Clients

Clients worked with, either in the past or currently, include:

  • Aintree
  • Automotive World
  • BT
  • Channel 4
  • Comic Relief / Sports Relief
  • Capcom
  • Coral
  • DEC WA Government
  • Durham County Cricket Club
  • Epson
  • John Smiths
  • Ladbrokes
  • Panasonic
  • PMU
  • Press Association
  • RMG
  • Racing UK
  • The Rose Bowl
  • Sandown Park
  • Sky Sports / Sky F1 HD
  • Turf TV
  • UK Sport
  • Universal Music Group
  • William Hill

About

Benjamin Fox is an interactive developer with expertise in all aspects of web development. His skills in computational design and programming are unrivaled and knows languages such as Processing, AS3, openFrameworks and Cinder.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Carter / Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Ben has been producing websites professionally since 1999. He is a seasoned back-end developer with full exposure to the LAMP stack, is an expert in PHP, MySQL, Apache server administration, various frameworks and CMS products. Prior to specializing in back-end development, he fully immersed himself in the world of HTML, CSS, web standards and is competent with the latest front-end technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, accessibility and usability issues.

Beyond web development, Ben is a key contributor to Joshua Davis' Hype Framework. He started in 2010 with extensions for the AS3 version to more recently being the leading contributor to the Hype Processing port and one of the core team which maintains the project.

With a love of technology and art, he enjoys exploring the intersection of aesthetics, computation, generative design, randomization and mathematics. He is always experimenting with 3D printing, leap motions, kinect sensors, CNC milling, projection mapping and midi controllers, all while using them to produce physical artifacts of interest.

Skills & technologies

  • PHP
  • MySQL / PostgreSQL
  • Apache (install & configurations)
  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • Javascript / JQuery
  • AJAX

  • Linux server admin (shell scripts, software updates, user management)
  • CRON tasks / server scheduling
  • Load balancing
  • Cacheing / Content delivery networks
  • Cloud servers (specifically Amazon & Rackspace)

  • Processing / Processing JS
  • Hype Framework
  • Actionscript / AS3
  • openFrameworks
  • Cinder
  • WordPress (theme & module development)
  • ExpressionEngine (templates & extension development)
  • SquareSpace (template customisation)
  • CodeIgniter
  • Zend Framework
  • Laravel

  • Cross browser & mobile device support
  • Payment gateway integration / eCommerce (Paypal, WorldPay, SagePay/Protx)
  • Email marketing (MailChimp / Campaign Monitor / bespoke)
  • SEO
  • Google analytics
  • XML / JSON data handling
  • SOAP / JMS / Java Message Queues
  • Version control (git / SVN)

Articles

Whilst a blog remains currently unattended, I've written several articles and code experiments in the past that may be of interest, mostly for the Actionscript 3 flavor of the Hype Framework.

Read more articles in the archive

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