I specialise in designing and developing clean, easy-to-use websites, eNewsletters, and online interfaces using best design and coding practices and a mobile-first approach.
My focus is always on good usability, time-honoured visual design principles, and thinking about the everyday people at the end of the line who'll be using (or maintaining) what I've built.
After that I wrap them up in the very client and SEO-friendly MODx Revolution CMS, test them on browsers and mobile devices, and release them into the wild.
I've also completed Scrum / Agile development training with Scrum Alliance, and have worked in a fortnightly sprint rotation with my colleagues for the past two years. Our fortnightly sprints include morning stand-up, backlog grooming, sprint planning, and retros.
- Website & online interface design
- HTML / XHTML & CSS (hand-coded)
- MODx Revolution CMS
- Mobile / responsive stylesheets
- Wireframes / Prototyping
- Web Usability & Accessibility
- eNewsletter design & development
- Campaign Monitor
- Agile development / Scrum
- HTML5 & CSS3
- Usability testing
- jQuery implementation
- Social Media implementation
- Web analytics
- Web content writing
- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- eCommerce implementation
software I use every day
- Adobe Photoshop
- Sublime 3 (text editor)
- Chrome & Chrome dev tools
I'm a Web Designer and Front-end Web Developer with over 18 years industry experience.
Yup, that's right, I cut my teeth on things like Flash, Netscape Navigator, and table-based layouts. I used to follow Zeldman when he was only just slightly famous, and I still remember how excited we all were when CSS1 and the WaSP came out.
18 years later I've re-learnt my craft two or three times, and now my everyday work revolves around responsive websites, usability, accessibility, and thinking about how the work I do today is going to fit in with the Internet of Things tomorrow.
I also had to walk 50 miles... in the snow... BAREFOOT... just to get to work back in the day (I'm kidding I'm kidding!).
So Harmony... why isn't your own website responsive then huh... huh!?
Well I guess it's for the same reason most people don't generally want to come home after a long day at work and... you know, do some more work ;) Seriously though I know I need to re-make this website, and I will at some point.
Anyway, moving on. In those 18 years I've worked for a range of organisations including Queensland State Government, TAFE, Suncorp Metway, GBST, IGA, various Councils and a number of fun, fast-paced Design Studios.
I take a people-driven approach to my work which means I'm always thinking in terms of how user-friendly a website can be made for everyone involved; from my clients and their customers to the next web designer to take over the work.
I also test with real data to make sure what I've built won't break once it leaves my care.
My speciality is web design and front-end development (more about that in the box on the left there).
My sub-specialities include eNewsletter design and development, website usability and accessibility, HTML & paper prototyping, search engine optimisation (SEO), social media integration, and simple web content writing.
MODx Revolution is my open-source content management system of choice - powerful, scalable, secure, easy to use, and with the added advantage of paid commercial support.
I enjoy working with others, I'm very organised, can provide accurate estimates for how long things will take, and I take responsibility for my own deadlines and projects.
After many years of working in the middle between pure designers and hard-core developers I've developed a knack for translating complex technical info into plain English, e.g. from programmer-speak to designer / client-speak and back again :)
My complete resume, work history, and references are available on request.