I'm a designer, developer and writer. I aim to make things that are a pleasure to use. So, I concentrate on clear, engaging copywriting and simple interfaces. But then again, who doesn't, right? Right?! Never mind.
I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in English. My ambition was to become a writer and I started learning to code as a way of publishing my work online. Today, I combine my writing and coding skills to develop websites and publish ebooks.
So, if you're looking for a creative, thoughtful designer with a touch of literary panache, drop me a line.
I aim to make things as simple as possible and no simpler. Here's how I like to work.
I start by talking to the client, finding out as much as possible about them, their business and their customers. From there, I can make an informed assessment of their needs.
I ensure that the content is the best it can be – succinct, pertinent and enticing.
Once the content is up to scratch, I organise it logically and clearly. I work fastest with a pencil and paper. This allows me to arrive at solutions quickly without committing to a particular look and feel too early.
- Problem solving
- UI design
- Responsive design
- Pencil and paper
Using fonts selected to complement the brand, I start with a base font size and build a typographical framework using golden ratios to ensure that all text is legible and balanced.
- Graphic design
- SASS mixins
Designing in the browser
With firm foundations laid, much of the design can be refined in the browser. This allows for faster prototyping and gives the design a chance to mature.
Designing in the browser also favours a responsive approach, making it easier to identify sensible breakpoints and make progressive enhancements.
Where necessary, I also use image editing software to produce graphics and icons.
- Designing in code
- Image editing
Well structured content doesn't stop with what the user can see. I write clean, semantic, accessible code to make it easier for people to find and navigate a site.
- Project tools
Interactivity and animation
HabitRPG is an open source habit building program which treats your life like a Role Playing Game. I'm collaborating with the project on GitHub as a designer, working to improve their navigation elements.
I built a website and created a brand for local builder, Alex Paterson, integrating social media (Open Graph, Google+), designing a logo and creating print marketing. Alex has since secured more than £10,000 of business directly from online enquiries.
Sycamore Family Tree
I wrote, coded and published this interactive picture book featuring complex CSS3 animations, sound effects and tappable elements.
Want more information?
Have a browse through my site to find out more about my work or check out the links in the footer.