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Profile

A highly creative web designer and front end developer with experience of working on a diverse range of projects from small business websites to large scale websites with a global user base.

Currently working as a lead designer/front end developer and regularly involved in freelance work, I’m constantly developing my skills, experience and portfolio or work.

I am able to meet clients, gather requirements, create concepts and build modern, accessible websites with great user experience.

I'm currently on a fixed term contract and am interested in freelancing opportunities and/or a permanent position in a design agency.

Education

1999 - 2002 University of Wales, Newport

BSc (Hons) Information Technology - 2:1

Employment

January 2011 - Present

Interaction Designer at Welsh Government

Contract designer and front end developer delivering a number of projects for Welsh Government. Projects include redesigning the Cadw website (Welsh Heritage Division). I was responsible for all design and front end coding requirements and worked closely with external developers (Alterian) for the site to be integrated into Morello (CMS). The website has been designed to be fully accessible and coded to work in IE6.

I have also been responsible for gathering requirements, producing wireframes, design concepts and assisting with IA.

I was also the lead developer on the main Welsh Government corporate site redesign project.

January 2007 - Present

Freelance Web Designer (Box A Design Ltd & at various agencies)

I also like to work on freelance projects as often as possible, mainly to keep myself designing, building, learning and earning.

I look at each project as a new opportunity to help a business communicate online and help me expand my portfolio and push my skills further.

I use WordPress for pretty much all my projects from simple blogs to full e-commerce sites.

I also freelance from time to time at agencies in and around Cardiff mainly Sequence and Precedent.

June 2007 - January 2011

Font End Developer at International Baccalaureate

Designer and front end developer for the main public website (ibo.org), blog network (blogs.ibo.org) and html emails and e-newsletters.

The public website has around 19,000 visitors per day from every corner of the world and is available in three languages. The site has to meet strict accessibility guidelines and web standards.

Skills & Knowledge

The following skills chart is based on the projects that I have used each skill in. For instance on a Wordpress project, I can get 90% of what I want done with my own bare hands and brain.

  • XHTML/CSS
  • jQuery
  • Wordpress
  • Photoshop
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • I am able to develop fully responsive websites using media queries and flexible layouts.
  • Experienced in using code pre-processors such as SASS & HAML.
  • Designing websites using a User Centred Design process - surveys, card sorting and developing personas.

Vital stats

me
  • Born - 20th February 1979
  • Location - Cardiff, Wales
  • Tools - MacBook Pro, Coda, Photoshop

About me

I consider myself a true web designer because I spend almost every waking hour designing, coding, learning, reading, searching or sharing. I love it and couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Outside of the web I enjoy listening to good music, playing guitar loudly, travelling & socialising.

About this page

Feel free to view source, pop open your inspector, resize your browser or view it on your phone or tablet. I created this page using the following modern web techniques:

  • The mark up is written using valid HTML5 code.
  • I have used CSS3 to create animations, nice hover effects and to draw shapes (like the arrow bullets).
  • The animated bar graph uses jQuery.
  • I have used CSS media queries to provide a responsive design across devices.
  • The fonts are delivered through Typekit.