James has spent most of the last 17 years as a software engineer, problem solver and web developer. The first website he ever worked on was the Barclays Bank homepage back in 1995. Since then he has worked for Yorkshire Electricity and the Sheffield based digital agency Technophobia.
Last year he turned freelance with his own company, ShedCode, and is now able to work on the kind of projects he always dreamt about. The first of those projects was Happenstance, a Digital R&D funded project where he was Technologist in Residence at Site Gallery, Sheffield. As part of his residency, he had the opportunity to work with Arduino kits, re-igniting his interest in making things work with electronics.
One of his latest projects is to create a steam powered, internet enabled, thermal printer from existing kits and components.
You can watch his TEDx talk about the Happenstance project.