I wish I could say that I studied at a prestigious design college, but life has a funny way of making you take the long way home sometimes. I’m a self-taught designer, but having always been artistic as a child it’s probably not much of a surprise that I found my way back to it in the end.
I have an Bachelor of Arts (International) Degree in German and Information Technology as well as a H.Dip. in Systems Analysis from the National University of Ireland, Galway. I also spent a year in Germany studying at the Otto-Friedrich Universität in Bamberg, which was an experience to say the least. Not that those language skills come in useful much these days.
After graduating university I spent 4 years working in a small design studio, but eventually decided to move home to set up my own business. I'm lucky to say that 10 years on it’s still going strong.
When I’m not working I love to travel and take photos, play my guitar, drum on the cajon, listing to music, watch movies, play soccer and spend time with family and friends.
This first phase is one of the most essential.
Discovery is like a compass. It helps set the direction your project will take. It's impossible to develop an effective solution without a full understanding of the problem or goal. We will work as a team to reach that goal. We’ll also discuss the nitty gritty of scope, budgets and timelines.
With a strategy in place, the visual work can begin.
I’ll take the knowledge gathered from our discovery phase and begin brainstorming, sketching and wireframing. I'll consider aspects such as information architecture, content hierarchy and user experience until the puzzle pieces come together and a solution emerges.
Here's where the plan comes to life.
Visual elements, typography and colour theory will be carefully combined to ensure your unique brand message is being communicated. When it comes to websites, this phase will involve coding, making it mobile friendly, revising and testing to ensure they adhere to current standards and best practices.
Now you've got to get in front of your customers.
What use is a website that customers can’t find or a brand that no one has seen? Sadly, they don't become successful on their own. They often need promotion, management, on-going monitoring and maintenance. Don't worry though. I'm here to help you with that.
Over the past 10 years I’ve had the pleasure of working with businesses ranging from small to large, from California to Cape Town. The majority of my business come from word of mouth referrals. Below are just a handful of clients I’ve helped in the past.
I'm also honoured to have won the prestigious Spiders award and been nominated for multiple web awards.