Who am I?
I'm a web designer and front-end (HTML/CSS) developer from Hamilton, NZ, however I have recently moved to London to pursue greater opportunities, and to continue to develop myself professionally and personally. My passion lies in applying my skills equally to create engaging, seamless, and memorable online user experiences.
A big aspect of my life is immersing myself in music. If I don't have headphones over my ears, my foot's tapping to some song or beat running through my head. I play guitar and like to write and record music in a strictly amateur capacity. If you know me, it is a certainty that at some point I have tried to recommend a band you should have a listen to, or tried to rope you into coming to see a concert or local gig.
I also like the sound of things underwater, white LED's that slowly pulsate, the colour lime green, drop tunings, the feeling of crushing an aluminium can, the sound of dial-up modems, refined sugars, the smell of gasoline, inanimate objects that look happy, time signatures that confuse me, mexican food, objects that act as I would expect them to, and objects that don't.
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A Manifesto of sorts...
I believe that taking the time to create excellence and provide real value to users will pay off ten-fold, over delivering solutions that just 'do the job'. I thrive in environments that understand this, and believe that people (not numbers) are the key to a successful business. I don't see this as being naive to the realities of business, but rather being intensely optimistic, and it is of course an optimism that I'm always trying to work towards making happen.
I think information and education should be free to all who are willing to learn, and strive to help provide this through embracing and supporting open standards, and through my articles & tutorials. I am largely self taught, and my own development has relied on other people's willingness to share their knowledge.
I am convinced that having a strong user focus ultimately benefits everyone, especially the client who's paying the bills. I think too often, stakeholders are more concerned with the "what?" and the "how?" and don't ask the most important question of "why?". Questioning ourselves leads to constant learning, and better results in our work.