Web Design in the Heart of Canterbury

Web design is a large part of my day-to-day work. I have worked for agencies and also as a freelancer direct with businesses across the UK. A wide range of skills allow me to provide a complete package to business or simply an individual skill as part of a larger team. Everything from the design and brief to development and implementation is a consideration that should be factored in when planning your web application. This is exactly what I can help you achieve.

Based in Canterbury, Kent, I generally work from my own office but also do work on site for some clients on a regular basis. From home I have access to a wide range of tools to get the job done. This toolset is also largely portable so I’m often able to bring everything required to site if the need arises. Web design, whilst being a major part of my work, forms part of a larger skillset including App development, photography and videography, editing, sound recording, and many other creative skills.

I have worked for many Canterbury based businesses and like to work directly with local business where possible to help them improve their digital branding. I have helped them develop a web presence and engage with the technology available to make running their businesses easier.

Web Design Portfolio

Below are some examples of projects I have worked on. Most are completely my own work and some I have been brought in to provide a specific skill, such as SEO or an upgrade to a responsive site (one that works across multiple platforms like mobile and tablet as well as desktop).

Atkin Guitars – www.atkinguitars.com

atkinguitars.com - Web Design & Development

A Canterbury based guitar builder. I redesigned their site and updated the photography. Ongoing work includes adding to their digital library with videography and further photography of new models on an ongoing basis.

Tonerider – www.tonerider.com

tonerider.com - Web Design & Development

Tonerider make guitar pickups. The site was designed and built using a variety of different tools to leverage the needs of the client at the time. Future updates will be coming to this site as we look to roll out phase two. Many of my clients retain my services for the future as opposed to a single one-off task.

Guitarshop Folkestone – www.guitarshopfolkestone.co.uk

Guitarshop Folkestone

This guitar shop in Folkestone wanted to revamp their web presence and focus on online sales. I designed and built a complete web store for them. Future updates will include a POS system for their physical store which enables stock level management between the store and website in real time.

Graham Waller – www.grahamwaller.com

grahamwaller.com - Web Design & Development

Recording engineer Graham needed a site to promote his freelance work. He chose not to have a web store in this first iteration but the facility is there for us to expand on that in phase two.

Lucy Lister Flowers – www.lucylisterflowers.co.uk

lucylisterflowers.co.uk - Web Design & Development

Florist Lucy Lister came to me with a design she already had so this was simply a build project. Because of the styling in the design there were some challenges to overcome in the development and build process, but the result is a site that she uses daily so it was well worth the effort.

Future Projects

On occasion a project comes along that requires a larger team to complete. Having worked with a variety of other skilled local professionals and agencies, I have developed strong, lasting relationships with them. Therefore,  scaling up resources to meet the demands of a project as needed is no problem at all.

If you’re looking for advice on your next project, be it web-based or another platform such as Mobile Applications, get in touch and we can discuss your requirements in depth.

About

I am an experienced App and Web Developer, based in Canterbury, with several mobile applications available in both the App Store and Play Store, with downloads currently totalling in the thousands. I have a wide range of skills in both design and development. As a freelance developer, the majority of my work has been individual, requiring a range of skills and good time management. Whilst working for agencies I have often worked with a team of developers, usually as a lead to manage the resources effectively.

Skills

iOS Development using Swift, Objective-C and Xcode. Android Development using Java and Android Studio. Web Development using HTML, PHP, Javascript and MySQL, along with a variety of frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal and CakePHP. Experience of the complete development lifecycle, including release into both the App Store and Play Store for free and paid apps. Use of APIs and Services (particularly Parse and MixPanel) to provide backend data to mobile and web applications, including media streaming services and analytics. Experience with Git and SVN. Recently I have begun working with React and React Native to leverage their cross-platform development possibilities for future mobile and web applications.

Experience

App Developer / Web Developer, Self-Employed – July 2013 – Present

Whilst self employed, my focus has shifted from Web development to App development. I have been hired to build several small apps and also joined a startup as the sole developer of their iOS and Android apps focussing on relationship development (intimacy and communication). There are currently three active apps in the iOS store and two in the Android Play Store.

Web Designer & Developer / App Developer, nbat Digital – January 2010 – June 2013

This role involved the design and development of multimedia websites for a variety of clients, largely in the construction industry. Technologies used included ASP, ASP.NET and PHP, including the use of frameworks such as CakePHP and Drupal. Whilst there I trained in iOS and Android native development using Objective-C, Swift and Java.

Web and Multimedia Designer, CornishWeb Services – September 2008 – January 2010

I was responsible for design and development of the full range of websites and marketing campaigns for this agency. This required the use of the whole Adobe suite, producing both digital and print work for all types of clients, including many in the healthcare industry and local councils.

Teaching Assistant, University of Kent – September 2006 – June 2008

This role involved the instruction of 3D modelling and animation to 1st year students. It gave them a grasp of the basic concepts and an eye for animation accuracy.

Education

University of Kent – MSc Computer Animation (Merit), 2007

University of Kent – BSc (Hons) Multimedia Technology & Design (2:1), 2006

Enfield Grammar School – A-Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry and I.T., 2002

Interests

Music, Guitar Collecting and Restoration, Lutherie, Audio Recording and Production, Digital Photography, Silversmithing, Glass Fusing, Leather working