Hi

I am a web designer, developer and creative technologist, writer, occasional film-maker, one time musician and radio presenter and hopefully, a positive disruptor... wait, A WHAT?!1

I work directly with medium and large business in many technology areas and with small business in front end web and end-client technologies and have been fortunate to provide services for the likes of Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Warner Bros, Harper Collins and KPMG. Alongside this I focus on working with performing creatives such as musicians and actors to help them develop their web presence.

I love design, I love structure, I love simplicity and I have a desire to bring the three together through a crisp, clean, "mobile-first"2 responsive3 web space and over the years I have found that maintaining structure and a clear, straight-forward process helps keep mistakes to a minimum just in the same way that keeping a design minimal and on point helps define the message.

Working with performing creatives and Very Small Business (VSB) allows a two-way creative flow and helps develop a relationship that you don't have in larger enterprise where you are working with a "product". At the personal/VSB end of the spectrum you need to remember you are helping to develop a dream, nurturing a future. It's rewarding and exciting to know that you have helped someone achieve something that truly matters.

There are some work streams I choose not to get involved in outside of enterprise, mainly data gathering sites and those with a heavy focus on e-commerce. This is a choice primarily due to there being so many good resources out there already why re-invent the wheel. I really don't want to waste anyone’s time or money developing a feature to sell t-shirts when a link to an established site like bigcartel.com will provide their fans with exactly what they need.

I created my first site back in 1997 for the company I owned which had a bit of text and load of visuals for technologies that I worked in such as Apple, IBM's OS/24, Novell5 and Microsoft. It was nothing spectacular, just plain HTML. In 2001 I discovered a book called Flash Web Design by Hillman Curtis6 and it changed my view entirely of how the whole practice of web design works. Suddenly I, using Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash7, could animate, add components that work dynamically and generate content that incorporated sound and visuals in a way that plain HTML couldn't do and what's more, I could code via ActionScript. In that one chance meeting on a bookshelf in Waterstones I had found a new passion and in some way a mentor in Hillman. I sucked in all I could see, fonts and their structure, designers and their methods, galleries and how they display, buildings and their functionality, colours, shapes and sounds and how they drive emotions... all these things needed to be experienced. I hadn't been to design school, didn't know the history but then, I was feeling lucky to see things from a different perspective.

This is the nth version of this website since its first creation in 2003 and this time I have tried to burn the past, it's gone, done and technology has moved on. You'll find information about projects within the articles and I have hoped to have designed this site as an organic display of knowledge and skills that anyone who is the least bit interested will be able to nose around using the notes and tutorials as a guide.

For those wondering about the design and layout, it was influenced during a listening session of David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy (it was actually Trilogy+ as I like to include Iggy's first solo album The Idiot when I listen as it's recording started just before Low and it was co-written and produced by the genius AKA Mr David Jones). I felt like I wanted something sparce, utilitarian with pinpoints of "almost colour" used for the subscript and some agressive yet subdued colours for the banners influenced by the grafitti on the interior walls at Scharni 38, Berlin.

Some Clarity
  • 1POSITIVE DISRUPTOR A challenger of organizational habits, seeker of positive alternatives; planting the seeds of change in how we think, behave and learn in our day-to-day. If you think there's an improvement opportunity, discuss it. Don't be afraid. I picked up the concept working with US organisations and it was further cemented when I discovered companies had people called "product evangelist". Sounds corny I know but someone has to believe.
  • 2MOBILE-FIRST A development strategy used to focus the initial design of a website in a non-desktop/large screen format, hence "mobile-first".
  • 3RESPONSIVE As an extention of mobile-first, responsive design ensures a seamless flow of the user interface (UI) across devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and large screen desktops.
  • 4OS/2 IBM's premium 32-bit, object-oriented, graphical user interface.
  • 5NOVELL NetWare was the only real solution to the client/server requirements of the 90's. The introduction of NetWare Directory Services (NDS), years before Microsoft's Active Directory, made life as a network admin twenty times easier.
  • 6HILLMAN CURTIS David Hillamn Curtis (1961-2012) was the guy that most people in the game looked up to and still reference. He was at the front of the "New Media" revolution before moving in to film, generating some of the best shorts I have ever seen and the brilliant Ride, Rise, Roar.
  • 7FLASH Some say that like video and the radio star, Apple killed Flash in 2010 when it began restricting and then finlly removing Flash support in iOS. Flash was the premium animation and interactivity production tool in the early 00's but found depreciation with the rise of HTML5, CSS3 and AJAX. In the late 90's I developed a pre-school application in Visual Basic which in it's test environment performed exceptionally well and it was suggested I "Flash it" and jump the dot-com bandwagon. I didn't and... I didn't. Oh well.
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