John Watson

Hello! My name is Watson and I'm a freelance full stack developer. I create web sites using the latest tech for clients of all sizes. Contact me and I'll help you build your dream project.


Available immediately for short and long-term contracts.
I specialize in JavaScript, PHP, and SQL — but more importantly, I provide solutions to problems.

Selected Projects

Bask Digital
christian audio
Mission: Mapped
Game Mechanic Explorer
Big Huge Labs
Big Huge Thesaurus
Kids Weather Report
Sun Tzu's Art of War


A long time ago, I worked at Mattel, Inc., in El Segundo, where I was the lead developer behind the first few iterations of and I'm listed as a co-inventor on the My Design Barbie patent (#6,206,750) — no, seriously — because I helped design and build the website and backend systems for personalizing the dolls online and communicating with a fulfillment process in China.

Later, I was a lead developer at Channelwave where I helped create customized web e-commerce systems for major manufacturers like HP, Sony, Toshiba, Maxtor, Western Digital, Sharp, Kia Motors, ATI, Hawk Clothing, Logitech, Lexmark, and many others. Then I started freelancing.

I have a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Irvine.

I contributed to the O'Reilly book Flickr Hacks. I'm also a published photographer with photographs in JPG Magazine Issue 7, Flickr Hacks by Jim Bumgardner & Paul Bausch, How to Use Flickr by Richard Giles, Create Your Own Photo Blog by Catherine Jamieson, Digital Photography and Lighting by Catherine Jamieson & Sean McCormick.

I'm a husband and father of two. Raising children is simultaneously the toughest and most fulfilling job I've ever had.

I believe most people are fundamentally good.