Niall McCormack

Head of Software

Level
Senior
Location
Hong Kong
Availability
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Professions
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About me

I’ve been making digital things since 2001. I have helped launch hardware startups, lead projects for global brands, built and launched products for innovative companies and collaborated with some of the most talented people in the industry. I love working with capable teams of designers and engineers and find crafting an elegant product incredibly rewarding. I have in-depth knowledge of mobile platforms, especially iOS, but have a general passion for all technology and love tinkering, playing and prototyping with anything that comes to hand. Coming from a traditional design background, and with a career history spanning award winning digital design, moving image, flash animation and video editing, I feel at one working with a strong design team. I’m comfortable leaning in and getting involved in the design process, but also sitting back and help the designers craft a beautiful product.

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Skills

  • Software Development
  • IOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Application Development
  • UX Design
  • Strategy

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • R/GA

    R/GA

    • Advertising
  • Apple

    Apple

    • Technology
  • Beats by Dre

    Beats by Dre

    • Music
  • ROLI

    ROLI

    • Technology

Work history

Currently

Head of Software

BleepBleeps

May 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I was heavily involved in the design, ux and engineering of Sammy Screamer and Suzy Snooze - the first two products from BleepBleeps. From a technical angle I managed iOS, Android and hardware engineers both in the UK and China, engineered the majority of the iOS app, designed protocols for Wifi and Bluetooth communications, designed and implemented REST APIs using NodeJS, and designed and managed a synchronised database solution using Firebase.

2018

Senior iOS Engineer

The Dots

Jul 2018 - Dec 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I work in a team of two building the new Swift only iOS application from the ground up. We undertook a complete rewrite using the latest technologies and rebuilt the social network style application in under 3 months. After launch we started to integrate some of the coolest iOS technologies including - ARKit, CoreML and Siri.

2017

Head of Mobile

POLAROID

Jan 2016 - Jan 2017
  • San Francisco, United States
  • Full Time
  • I ran the mobile engineering team at Polaroid Swing, coordinating with design, product and the larger engineering group. I ensured that the user experience is clear, build quality is high, and that the app is released to a regular schedule.

2015

Senior Engineer

ROLI

Jul 2015 - Dec 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I helped prototype the ROLI Blocks instrument, the latest product from ROLI. I was initially brought in to prototype MIDI communications by building an iOS application, but was soon working on the UX of a new software platform, helping with firmware development and creating innovative solutions for case study videos.

2014

iOS Engineer

Apple

Aug 2014 - Oct 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I moved to a contracting position after Apple acquired Beats By Dre, to help maintain the Beats Music iOS application.

2014

Senior iOS Engineer

Beats by Dre

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
  • San Francisco, United States
  • Full Time
  • I was a member of the iOS team working on the Beats Music iPhone and iPad apps. My primary focus was working on signature experiences - Onboarding, The Sentence and The Player. This required having a deep understanding of Core Animation, UIKit, Box2D Physics Engine and optimising for slower devices.

2013

Technical Team Lead and Solutions Architect

R/GA

Nov 2008 - Aug 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I managed teams of mobile developers and lead mobile development for clients such as Beats By Dre, Nike, O2, JJVC, Ray-Ban and Qatar. I also lead multi-platform engineering teams for Beats By Dre and Nike events across Europe, Moscow, Dubai and New York using technologies such as .NET, Python, Django, AWS, Heroku and Java to name but a few. Signature projects include - Beats Music - Nike+ FuelBand - Beats By Dre "Colors" Time Square and Covent Garden Events - Nike+ FuelFest - O2 Priority Sports - O2 Priority Moments - NikeStore.com - Qatar 2022 World Cup pitch

2008

Senior Designer

(Various)

Oct 2001 - Nov 2008
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Senior Designer, After Effects and Flash animator, Video editor, AS3 Engineer

Education

2001

Oct 1997 - Jul 2001
  • Dundee, United Kingdom

Awards

2017

BleepBleeps, Suzy Snooze

Core 77 Design Awards

2015

Wood Pencil, Digital Design - Beats Music

D&AD

2015

Silver, Apps/Service/Utilities - Beats Music

Art Directors Club

2015

Merit Award, User Experience Design/Mobile/User Experience - Beats Music

One Show Interactive

2015

Wood Pencil, Mobile Marketing/Mobile Apps - Beats Music

D&AD

2015

Silver Pencil, Mobile Applications/Media, entertainment & Leisure - Beats Music

One Show Interactive

2015

Merit Award - Intellectual Property & Products/Digital Product - Beats Music

One Show Interactive

2015

Bronze Pencil, Intellectual Property & Products/Software, Programs & Platforms - Beats Music

One Show Interactive

2015

Merit Award - Mobile Applications/Services/Utilities - Beats Music

One Show Interactive

2015

Wood Pencil, Interactive Design for Products - Beats Music

D&AD

2015

Winner/Interactive Annual - Beats Music

Communication Arts

2015

Bronze Pencil, User Experience Design/Mobile/Interface design Craft - Beats Music

One Show Interactive

2014

Silver, Mobile App ( Global ) - Beats Music

Mobile Marketing Association SMARTIES Award

2014

Gold, Mobile Application, Best User Experience - Beats Music

The Lovie Awards

2014

Bronze, Mobile Apps: Media, Entertainment, and Leisure - Beats Music

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2014

Gold, Mobile App ( UK ) - Beats Music

Mobile Marketing Association SMARTIES Award

2014

Silver, Web Platforms: Web Service/App - Beats Music

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2014

Gold, Product/Services Launch ( UK ) - Beats Music

Mobile Marketing Association SMARTIES Award

2014

Silver, Integrated Multi-Platform Campaign - Beats Music

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2014

Silver, Cross Mobile Integration ( Global ) - Beats Music

Mobile Marketing Association SMARTIES Award

2014

Gold, Digital/Social: Mobile Apps - Beats Music

Clio Awards

2014

Silver, Branded Tech: Utility/Tool/Service - Beats Music

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2013

Gold, Apps Award - Nike+ FuelBand

Clio Awards

2013

Interactive Merit Award - Ray-Ban Ambermatic

The One Club

2013

Bronze Design / Exhibitions and Live Events - Nike+ FuelFest

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2013

Yellow Pencil, Mobile Marketing - Nike+ FuelBand

D&AD

2013

“Grandy” Award - Nike+ FuelBand

ANDY Awards

2012

Winner of Best Mobile App For Branded Content - Nike+ FuelBand

MOBI Awards

2012

Mobile Silver Lion - Nike+ FuelBand

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2012

Titanium Grand Prix - Nike+ FuelBand

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

2012

2006

Nomination - The Month, The Sunday Times

BIMA

2006

Nomination - The Month, The Sunday Times

Bafta Interactive

2001

Commendation - Student D&AD Awards

D&AD