I make websites.
My current full-time job working for New Internationalist Australia is pretty close to my ideal workplace. They're a Fair Trade employer, have great ethics and it's a fun and relaxed place to work. Here are the websites I work on for NI, and a couple of extra sites I've built in my spare time:
The NI magazine reports on injustice around the world. From environmental issues to exploitation, corporate corruption and pharmaceuticals. The stories make for pretty heavy reading, but the perspective gained really is empowering.
Framework: Ruby on Rails
I also work on the NI Australia website and on-line shop. This ethical, Fair Trade shop helps support developing world producers by giving them a fair price for their products. It's also one of the ways NI funds its magazine production, as we're a non-profit and completely independent co-operative. I built the NI Australia site with Brian from the Adelaide office. It runs on a custom CMS that intergrates with our suscriber database software.
Where on Earth is the temperature similar to Mars? This was the question we tried to answer for our 48 hour 2013 NASA SpaceApps Challenge. It was a pretty fun weekend, hope you enjoy our entry.
Framework: Ruby on Rails
This year I also took part in the 48 hour GovHack weekend, in which the government open up a bunch of datasets for us to play with. We built Time Traveller - which combines a number of photographic datasets, including Adelaide City Council Historic Photos and the SA Memory archive, and visualises them on a map, enabling a user to see what an area looked like in the past.
Framework: Ruby on Rails
Hackerspaces are open community spaces for working on electronics and software projects in a friendly group setting. After Dorkbot fizzled out, a group of us decided to start the Adelaide Hackerspace. I'm currently the Treasurer.
I really enjoy the annual Format Festival in Adelaide. The two week long festival of DIY (do it yourself) is a fantastic combination of workshops, exhibitions and talks on zines, street art, electronics & literary culture. I designed the website for the 2009 Format Festival and volunteer behind the bar from time to time.
I'm a designer too.
When I'm not developing websites I'm usually creating graphics for printed catalogues, posters and t-shirts. Here are some of the designs that I'm most proud of.
New Internationalist Planner 2008 & 2009
These two diary/planners were probably my favourite graphics projects I've worked on to date. The brief was to create a diary aimed at a young audience, with lots of street art and provocative photographs from around the world matched with inspiring quotes and interesting dates marked throughout the year. They were on sale around the world and were quite popular, selling out in most countries.
New Internationalist ethical gifts catalogues
Working for NI is a real pleasure. Every year I get to design 4 gifts and books catalogues full of amazing Fair Trade, organic, ethical, solar and educational goodies.
Eat Money, Silent & Live Simply posters
I designed the Eat Money poster in 2002 to highlight the fantastic cree Indian saying on materialism and consumerism. In 2011 I designed a couple of follow-up posters, featuring Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi.
Hackerspace logo & T-shirt
We needed a logo and t-shirt for the 2011 Tour Down Under science community day that members of Hackerspace Adelaide volunteered at. So I designed a little logo and t-shirt screen print for the event.
iPhone/iPad applications & ebooks.
I've always been fascinated by the miniturisation of technology and after owning an original iPhone for a couple of years I decided it'd be fun to code for it. Here are the projects I'm currently working on:
New Internationalist Magazine iPhone/iPad app
I'm currently building the app with the help of Steven Pickles (Pix), who's had over 15 years experience in various programming languages. We're currently in the early stages of development, so check back for updates.
Built for: iOS 7 News Stand
I'm a big fan of using technology to see a different view of our surroundings, and so timelapse photography really appeals to me. It also happens that a fellow Hackerspace member Dan Thompson is into it too and wrote a neat little program to calculate the time needed to shoot a scene and the playback time it would produce. He released his math under a GPL license, so I decided to use it to build an iPhone version of his desktop app, my very first iPhone app.
Apple produced a really nice ebook reading application that renders epub books beautifully. Here's a list of books I've converted for New Internationalist: The Global Vegetarian Kitchen, The No-Nonsense Guide to Conflict and Peace, Democracy, Global Finance, Global Media, Globalization, Green Politics, Religion, Tourism, United Nations, World Health and Vegetarian main dishes from around the world. I also converted a beautiful cycling book by a good friend of mine, Ianto Ware, called 21 Nights in July. If you'd like to have a read of any of them, either click the link (only works if viewing this page on an iPad or iPhone), or search for "New Internationalist" in the iBooks application.
I'm a web developer from Adelaide, Australia currently residing in Toronto, Canada. I have a bachelor of Design, majoring in Industrial Design. I'm an avid cyclist.
Name: Simon Loffler
Email: sighmon //at// sighmon.com
Job: Website developer for New Internationalist
Other versions of me
Here are some of the other places you'll find me on the internet.