Phil Thompson is a freelance front-end (UI) developer working in Bristol and London.

Front-end? What does that mean?

A front-end developer (or a UI developer) takes website designs (artwork) usually created with Photoshop or Illustrator and converts that artwork into HTML templates using CSS and JavaScript. Front-end development work is just one part of the process; other parts include back-end development, UX, Planning and Project Management and that’s just for starters.

Development process

Phil Thompson builds HTML templates along with CSS and JavaScript making use of Sass and Grunt; using BEM syntax for his CSS as well as alphabetising his attributes and making sure his JavaScript passes JSLint.

This site’s code is available on GitHub for your perusal, appreciation and/or judgement.


Working with well established agencies like e3 in Bristol, Area17 in Brooklyn, Code Computerlove and LOVE in Manchester has given Phil the opportunity to perfect his skills on global brands like Playstation, EA Games, Diageo, The Rolling Stones and Manchester United.

Nice things people have said

Phil has great communication skills. We worked together on a redesign project across different timezones, which ran smoothly. Phil brings strong dev skills and a fun personality to the table.

Angela Bliumis, Project Manager, Area 17

Read the case study for Area17

Phil was an excellent front end developer to work with. He’s the hard-to-find type of person who pays close attention to every detail.

Philip DiBello, Freelance Designer, (formerly of Area 17)

Read the case study for Area17

Phil fitted in really well to our responsive UX and design workflow, creating some really quick and useful pattern libraries for us to iterate on through the development of the project.

Graeme Rutherford, Creative UX Strategist, LOVE Creative (now freelance)

Read the case study for LOVE Creative

We were recommended Phil by our designer and never looked back, he brought the website to life exactly how we wanted and made the user experience fantastic on both desktop and mobile devices. He delivered on time and to a high standard.

Danny Nugent, Managing Director, NUCO Travel

Read the case study NUCO Travel

Phil is an excellent communicator. I am always confident that he will deliver what I've asked (and then some) on time and at the agreed price. He's a clever developer who cares about usability both from a front end and back office point of view. Oh, and he builds websites exactly how they've been designed!

Rachel Tonner, Brand Manager, Ampersand

Read the case study Ampersand

Chosen charities

  • Sparks, fund life-saving medical research into conditions affecting babies, children and mums-to-be. Phil (almost) and friends rode the 2014 l’Ètape du Tour for Sparks.
  • The Christie, a Manchester-based Cancer centre that treats over 40,000 patients a year. Phil currently donates £600 a year.
  • Wood Street Mission, a Manchester-based charity providing practical help to children and their families. Phil currently donates £180 a year.
  • Shelter, a national UK charity working with homeless people. Phil currently donates £180 a year.
  • Booth Centre, a day centre that offers advice, activities and support to homeless people in Manchester. Phil currently donates £180 a year.

What’s with the yellow?

The short answer is because Phil likes loves it; the longer answer is that it makes the website stand-out by allowing for a flat design whilst retaining some personality.

Some people like the yellow and some don’t.

Get in touch

Got a project you think Phil can help with? Email him:

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