I am a freelance technology journalist and editor with a background in game development. I currently work as a Contributing Editor for Digital Trends. I have written for Tech Radar, Android Authority, USA Today, VentureBeat, Deal News, and many other places. My work has also appeared on Yahoo! Tech, CNN, Fox News, Lifehacker, and Christian Science Monitor. I'm passionate about the world of technology with a particular focus on smartphones, consumer electronics, games, and software.
I completed a Master’s Degree in Scottish History at Edinburgh University before joining the games industry at VIS Entertainment in 2002, where I served as a tester and then lead tester. In 2003 I joined Outerlight as a game designer and then producer. I managed a development team for several years producing titles for the PC and major consoles.
In 2010 I took on a Managing Editor role at Bright Hub, managing a large team of writers and developing content strategy. I increased traffic in the mobile technology channels from 500,000 unique visits per month to a high of 3.5 million unique visits per month. I took on a Creative Director role at Rock the Deadline in 2012, mainly handling content marketing for various companies.
For the last few years I have been covering technology industry trends, writing reviews, comparisons, analysis, how-to guides, and roundups under my own byline. I have written for many company blogs related to software testing and localization. I also ghostwrite for a number of CEOs in the technology space.
Clients I've worked with include Atlantic Publishing, Barnes and Noble, Barnes Reports, Beckett Media, CA Technologies, Citrix, Crowdsourced Testing, Electronic Arts, Enservio, Envirofone, Fujitsu, Kaspersky, KMS Technology, Localize Direct, McAfee, Pneuron, Symantec, Towerwall, Trend Micro, Universally Speaking, and XebiaLabs.
Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends.
“Simon is one of my most reliable writers. He excels at keeping a good schedule and balancing efficiency and solid research. His knowledge in my field (mobile technology) is deep, which makes it easy for me to assign him a variety of new, challenging projects. He also excels at coming up with unique article ideas that are off the beaten path, and accepts/learns from criticism.”
Libby McMillan Henson, USA Today.
“Simon brings real expertise to the table, and needs little direction. He comes up with innovative content ideas, produces great work by deadline, and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him as a freelance writer.”
Neil Henry, Bright Hub.
“Simon is an exceptional editor and writer - with a meticulous eye for detail, expertise and professional integrity. He contributes exceptional work in various capacities, not only in building a digital media portfolio, but also in guiding and facilitating others. He is held in the highest regard within corporate structure and the online community at large.”