About this website

If you are here for the first time, I made this site as a place to share my experience of designing and coding websites.

You will find me writing about useful topics such as design, development and marketing. A few of the essential skills it takes to build a successful solo business.

I’m also using it as a place to document my design process, build useful tools, and record everything I’m learning from books, articles and various other material. Hopefully you might pick up some useful lessons whilst you’re here.

A little more about me

I started teaching myself design and code in 2006 whilst I was studying art.

I tried a “real job” in Insurance after graduating, but in 2010 I quit to focus on making websites for a living. I quickly realised my time was better spent doing something I enjoyed — helping people solve problems with design.

My mission for 2017 is to utilise my background in art and printmaking (which I often neglect) — combined with my skills as a developer — to help others achieve their goals.

Right now i’m living between London and Hamburg where I work remotely with a handful of clients. When I’m not at my desk I enjoy hiking, climbing and taking pictures.

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This is me! It's nice to meet you.

Where to go next

There are a few places to go from here. You can read some of my articles or check out my reading list where I keep notes on the things I’m learning.

You can also follow me on Twitter or see my full resume on LinkedIn.

If you’re interested in working with me, you might like to check out a few recent projects i’ve been working on:

Recent projects

Other things i’ve made

How I made this site

For the geeks out there, here’s a quick overview of how I built this site:

I’m using Hugo, a lightening fast static site engine. It’s hosted for free on Github.

The CSS is written in Sass, and follows the BEM methodology for writing scaleable CSS architecture. I use GulpJS to run development tasks and build a site ready for production.

I’m using the CDN Netlify for continuous deployment, so when I push changes to Github it automatically deploys the live site.

All the code can be found on my github page. Use it for your own learning and development but please don’t just rip it off. If you have any questions drop me an email or a tweet. I’d be more than happy to help.

Let’s keep in touch

If you made it this far, thanks a lot. I appreciate you taking the time to look at my website.

If you’d like to keep in touch, head over to my newsletter page and leave your email address. Once a week, on a Friday morning, I send out a brief email containing a few useful tools, articles and other things worth sharing.