Who am I?
I am an UNICORN, I design while coding, in love with Vue.js & React-Redux, BRUNCH-ing my way LESS with SASS
- :~$ git config --list
- user.name= Catalin Magirescu (a.k.a. Darth Vader / Cat Skywalker)
- user.DOB= 30 March 1984
- user.made.in= Romanian
- user.location= CR2 6LL, South Croydon, UK
- user.email= cat[at]catcodes[dot]com
I make things that surprise and delight the world, creating visually appealing native and web based applications. I bring design and code together to build and scale high-performance web applications and to make incredible UI & UX.
16+ years of commercial experience working in various lead and senior web related roles. For the last 10+ years I’ve worked with clients from around the world, providing/writing frontend and full stack maintainable code, architecting and building SPA masterplans, mobile apps, responsive web design and CMS integrations.
Visuals work in every language. Keep it simple. My focus is also on helping clients tackle their hairiest business problems, not just their advertising challenges. I believe that it doesn't matter where, how or in what medium an idea is expressed, you still have to start with a good one.
Charity and dreams
BE A FOUNTAIN. NOT A DRAIN.
Charity work for Carefreebreaks. Building a React-Redux/React Native frontend/native app & the CMS (Vue.js) for Carefreebreaks holiday booking app powered by a elasticsearch serverless API. Carefreebreaks is a non-profit social enterprise that enables unpaid carers to take short breaks in accommodation donated free-of-charge by owners. For the majority of carers a break is a lifeline, not a luxury. For owners, donating weeks during the low season is a generous and worthy expression of community support.
Charity work for helprefugees.org Project X, a social good hackathon aimed to solve a technical problem for Help Refugees. Continuous open source integration on all the projects I can help.
It's not just about being here, it's about leaving the world a better place because I was here!
My Professional Background
2017 July - PRESENT
Lead Frontend Developer
I use Vue.js, React-Redux, Node, Git, Brunch, Webpack, and REST APIs to develop complex, responsive enterprise web applications. Maintaining Backbone-Marionette apps and delegate tasks to a full-stack team of four; provide training and coaching for junior developers. I am using Atlassian JIRA & perform PCI audits on front-end pull requests and add bug fixes to features on large-scale, multi-repository retail interface projects using VueJS, ReactJS, BackboneJS, AngularJS, NodeJS, LESS, SASS, HTML5, Git, Babel, ES6, Gulp/Grunt and others.
I create new features and apps, make updates to existing features, and consume JSON microservices in an Agile environment. Responsible for the front-end architecture, pull request reviews, post-merge deployments, and releases. I research, establish, document and maintain company coding best practices, development organization and workflow standards.
Leading & building a SPA store with chats, articles and fashion community TAG using the hevnly/spore API.
2015 October - 2017 July
Senior Frontend UI Developer
Specialised in building the front end/client-side of web applications focusing on intuitive design and seamless interaction. Collaborated with art directors, project managers, and designers to develop websites, SPAs (Single Page Applications), landing pages, LMSs (Learning Management Systems), mobile APPs, JS games and electronic direct mail campaigns. Also a core contributor to project bids, either creating high-fidelity prototypes or strategic microsites for pitches.
Recent fun includes the building and involvement with the development of new websites and SPAs for BMW, TfL, Nationwide and Siemens. I was also responsible for Glasgow City Council and 2 sisters Food Group LMS production.
my latest work:BMW Group Education website/s, BMW Group Education Launch video (video guide) and all the Single Page Applications (i-Living & SOTS)
SGN - Employee Value Single Page Application (SPA)
Siemens Education interactives and apps: Matuta SPA, Matuta APP, Formula fot Thrills SPA, Life without STEM, Lean Machines and Energy Island
Transport for London - Young Road Users website, SPA's & quiz
Nationwide - Your Student Money website
Glasgow Council - Go Safe Glasgow website & Road Users Apps and LMS's
Syngenta - The Farm Tech Challenge SPA
Nationwide Education website and SPA's: S1E1, S1E2, S1E3, S1E4, S1E5, S1E6, S2E1, S2E2, S2E3, S2E4,
Zinc Media website
Zinc Communicate website
2008 March - 2016 August
The Red Hearer
2008 - 2016 Senior/ Lead Front-end UI Developer
2008 - 2016 UI/Visual Designer
Senior/ Lead Front-end UI Developer
I combined the art of design with the art of programming, planing, creating & translation of the UI/UX design wireframes to actual code that produced visual elements of the application. I'm doing the UI/UX designer part and bridge the gap between graphical design and technical implementation, taking an active role on both sides and defining how the application looks as well as how it works. Responsibilities: develop new user-facing features, designing the website's visual imagery and ensuring it is in line with company branding policy or the requirements of the client, build reusable code and libraries for future use, ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs, optimize application for maximum speed and scalability, assure that all user input is validated before submitting to back-end, collaborate with other team members and stakeholders, designing graphics, animations and manipulating digital photographs, continual professional development to keep up to date with new software developments.
Senior UI/UX Designer/ Owner
In charge with determining the best ways for clients to visually represent their company’s identity online. People-oriented position, involving development of high-level concepts for design projects. I was also involved working with internal and external clients, pitching designs, and understanding client needs. Developing visual designs, and at other times, responsible for recruiting and managing third party design firms as well as internal design resources. Responsibilities: lead creative sessions for project kick-offs, manage multiple projects from concept through completion, develop creative programs and design concepts that meet the business objectives of the client organization and that advance brand strategy, establish creative direction for the entire line of online services and programs, supervise and inspire the creative team of vendor partners, generate multiple concepts for a campaign or project, work with the account team, strategy team, and copywriters to develop concepts and present to management, work with internal teams to generate ideas for pitching and proposals, manage team members, provide quality control over concepts and projects.
2005 March - 2010 August
Phoenicia Hotels & Resorts
2005 - 2008 Graphic & UI/UX Designer
2008 - 2010 Front-end Developer
Graphic & UI/UX Designer
Responsible for conceptualization and implementation of design of solutions that meet marketing strategies from concept to completion. Played the lead role on projects and supervise intermediate and junior designer(s) in creating concepts, comps, layouts and final art. Strong knowledge of printing procedures, photography, illustration and verbal and written communication. High level of proficiency in design, web and multimedia software and applications, such as Adobe Creative Suite. I managed for entire marketing campaigns, not just the production of specific pieces and keeping team members working within established deadlines.
Front End Developer - Remote
I built all the company websites, created clear, easy, fast pages and interfaces that will make clients understand and care about the information, by putting it in context, expose its legitimacy or lack thereof, and reveal their implicit or explicit interconnection. Keeping the company websites up to date regularly, visitors and search engines engaged with fresh, relevant content, clean up and maintain, software patches and upgrades (CMS), resize and optimize images, improvements and fix errors.
2000 January - Present
Senior Front-end UI Developer
UI/UX Visual Designer
I produce designs that get clients messages across with high visual impact. I work on a huge variety of products, including websites, packaging, books and magazines, corporate identity, advertising, exhibitions and displays, and computer games. Extra hours are common :), especially to meet critical project deadlines.
2010 January - 2011 August
Avantaj Consulting Bucharest
Advanced Level 2 Advertising Graphics
DTP & Prepress Mockup
Advanced Level 2 Web Design
PHP / MYSQL Web Programming
Advanced Wordpress Web Programming
2003 September - 2007 June
"George Bacovia" University
Management & Business Administration
School Profile Description
Management & Business Administration - Marketing
Skills: analysing and selecting information, communicating effectively, working in groups and/or teams, understanding and interpreting numerical data - numeracy, problem solving, computer literacy, meeting deadlines, organising your time, writing reports.
1984 March - PRESENT
MY WORK IS ALWAYS MY TRAINING. AFTER IT'S DONE IT BECOMES MY RESULT!
"Mostly an autodidact with a deeper knowledge of design and development."
@ Phoenicia Hotels & Resorts - RO ... It took me a while to find someone who could accomplish what I needed for my websites and advertising challenges. I have to say it was well worth the wait. Catalin Magirescu was a total and utter pleasure to work with. His hard work, patience, and professionalism far exceeded my expectations. He never once made me feel like I was pestering him with questions, any ideas I had he would expand on them to make them better, and his attitude was always positive and upbeat.
Thanks Catalin, for breathing life into my websites!
Digital Media Strategist
@ Havas Media - International
Catalin took some very challenging RFP with a ton of specifications and pulled it all together very effectively into clean and elegant designs. I love the way it worked out … aesthetically and functionally it’s just what I imagined it could be. As he worked on projects I kept getting new ideas and changing my mind and he never balked at anything, he was right there with me, making it happen. Catalin anticipated and created several fabulous features for the projects that were not even included in our RFP. I would recommend Catalin for any development project, no matter how complicated or demanding.
@ HC Kitchens - Boston, MA
I emailed Catalin with hopes to work with him on my new Haute Couture Custom Kitchens website to help with new customers, sales and online notoriety. I viewed his portfolio, and really liked what I saw. This gave me all the more confidence that Catalin was right for the job, but what really made Catalin perfect for the job was his kind attitude. He was really open to allowing me to see different ideas, and was really open to suggestions. I have worked with several different people and it just seemed like having anyone else do my website would be a pain—luckily I found Catalin Magirescu. Thank you Catalin!
Sales & Leadership Trainer
@ Self Trust Academy - Bucharest, RO
Colleagues recommended Catalin to us for helping create our graphic and web needs. We weren’t sure where to start, so at our first meeting he came to us with various options and approaches to what he could do for us. He showed us many draft layouts, rebuilt the ideas based on our input, and combined our ideas with his professionalism to create exactly what we were looking for. We would recommend working with Catalin to everyone, for his creativity and talent, but also his approach to his clients.
What I’m best at
Skills & Knowledge
Software & Coding
2010 - 2011 / Bucharest - Romania
6 courses: 3.9 GPA
Tipo Activ Typography
2008: 6 months / Bacau - Romania
DTP & Prepress full specs
Marketing Research Institute / Bucharest - Romania
dataentry | datacoding | data analysis | graphic illustration | Quality & Quantity departments
- Lead Role
- Front-end Development
- Google Analythics & SEO
- Instal and Configure
- E-commerce Platform
- Color theory knowledge
- Web Usability
- Grid & Layout
- UI/UX Design
- UI Developer
- Full Stack
- Adobe CC
- Fast Learner
- Video Editing
Hobbies & Interests
I love running. I go for at leat 5 miles every 2 days.
Love speed. Love racing. Love cars.
Not experienced ... I like pictures that calm my eye.
New movie in cinema ... I'm already there.
I dream to see the whole world ... and more.
I only work listening to music!
My latest work
TBC (late 2017)
Web Design & Development
Logos & Business Cards
Web Design & Development
Get in touch
- CR2 6LL, South Croydon, UK
- (+44) 7401 807 289
I'm also on social networks
Why we should work together?
» I focus on making things that surprise and delight the world.
» I am about people first. Courageous soul and fearless thinker more interested in making history than repeating it.
» I never give up. Quality means QUALITY!
» I believe that it doesn't matter where, how or in what medium an idea is expressed, you still have to start with a good one.
» Ability to find quality information.
» Ability to conceptualise and think visually.
» Ability to work within a team or alone.
» Very Good understanding of the principles of design and design theories.