I design attractive websites, that are easy-to-use and fully accessible.
On every single project I make sure the website I produce is one you'll be happy with.
I treat every project uniquely, meaning you end up with a design that feels your own.
All my websites are coded in succinct HTML and CSS. Accessible and SEO-ready.
I try to be available to talk with you at any stage of the project, helping you claim ownership of the site.
I encourage as much or as little involvement as you want.
Other work including web and print banners, and various marketing collateral for customer campaigns.
If you have a project that goes beyond the scope of services offered here, I am happy to work on isolated parts of the project or take ownership of the project and outsource avenues of work to other reliable folks in my network.
From as far back as I can remember, various artistic channels have always been inspiring influences to me. Marth Rothko and Andy Warhol are two of my favourite artists, whilst two of my favourite films would have to be Being John Malkovich and A Single Man.
I also love the movie Drive and the novels of Brendan Behan.
When not sat in front of a screen, I enjoy keeping fit at the gym and playing tennis!
During my career I have tried to spread my attention over various modern design techniques.
These are my core competencies:
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator 90%
Adobe Dreamweaver/Visual Studio, CSS, HTML 90%
Wordpress, Joomla, CMS management 80%
As a designer, I know my job entails helping you sell a service or product. I have honed a process to follow each time which has helped tremendously in achieving the required results for your project.
One of the most important steps in the design process is accumulating the information I need. This is usually achieved by either a face-to-face meeting, a questionnaire, or even a Skype - whatever you prefer.
Topics for inclusion in the design brief vary but a few good starting points can be:
At this stage I usually request a 25% deposit of the overall estimated project cost.>
After we’ve met and I have a firm understanding of the task at hand, it’s now time to put my nose to the grindstone. After reviewing the materials exchanged, I'll promptly move onto the research.
This phase usually entails taking into account competitors, market trends, product/service differentiators, the history of the business, and the future of it as well.
This step may vary depending on the scale of your project, but generally I find it’s best to develop a strategy before putting pencil to paper or finger to mouse!
Through this I analyze the research gathered and decide on design and functionality criteria. I often aim to incorporate a singular theme to be carried across the different components.
The idea is to then create preliminary design concepts based on the strategy that's agreed upon. Ideas are shortlisted, and sense–checked against the Creative Brief. I will sketch layouts and storyboards from collected inspiration, play around with colour schemes and typography until a direction strikes.
The idea here is to create different options before choosing the most viable one. With your help, these ideas can them be narrowed down to a couple of ideas for further development and refinement. Once we are ready, a first draft mockup is worked up and ready to be presented.
It's now time to present a URL with the first draft of the design, or of it's print based work I'll usually present the work as a PDF file with the design in context. It’s now your time to review the designs and provide feedback based on your objectives and target user needs etc.
I'll then be tasked with making changes to the aesthetic elements based on your request or putting the final touches on an agreed upon design. This process can cycle between the two parties a few times, but I find with consistent communication from start to finish, expectations are more clearly managed.
Once the design is approved, it's now time to implement the finished piece across all deliverables, which may include both print and web. Depending on the project and/or media, the materials may often be handed off to a third-party, which includes:
If it’s a web project, I'm more than happy to provide instructions and documentation for future maintenance.
Got a question or want me to get started on your next project?
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Im based in Stockport, just South of Manchester.
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