I've been putting things onto the internet since the wild and hazy days
of the late 90s, when
spinning gifs and Comic Sans were legitimate design choices1,
could be enjoyed by the majority of your visitors2 and
Larry and Sergey were still opposed to "advertising funded search engines".
Around mid 2004, static HTML
started to feel restrictive and the idea of being able to update sites using a
content management system became more and more attractive.
Despite my lack of programming experience, a combination of strong coffee, a Dummies' Guide, and a flagrant disregard for normal sleep patterns led to me teaching myself PHP.
Seven years and countless projects later, I'm lucky enough to have turned that decision into a career choice.
Working with dedicated designers, I don't get chance to fire up my creative side as often as I would like. I do, however, try to regularly dedicate time towards improving the aesthetic side of my work, whether there's an end product in mind or not.
Naturally, my main focus is web related and I'm excited by the possibilities
that widespread support for CSS3
and HTML5, as well as
increased connection speeds, will bring in the next few years.
I also love designing for print, which indulges the control freak in me that working on the web can't accommodate.
“ Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual. „Edward Tufte
Before the internet had ensared me within its series of tubes, I began a love affair with music and performing.
Over the years this has persisted, starting with a decade of performing arts and progressing through another decade playing bass in various bands.
Kerrang! (28th Jan 2006, p.50. KKK)
Recently I swapped strings for decks, after being introduced to DJing in early 2008. I learnt the ropes at Fibbers' alternative night, Distortion, and became the resident in October 2009. During 2010, I became involved in running the twice-monthly night following a move across town to Stereo, though I'm much more of an occasional DJ these days.
Eventually, I will get round to recording and uploading some mixes but for now a selection of my setlists can be found at Serato.com.
Without wanting to rehash the old "seven things" meme too much, it does seem a fitting way to end this; so, here are seven things you may or may not know about me.
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