Hello, I’m Dan. I’m a front-end developer and web designer but ultimately, I make websites.
I've written this bit numerous times now. All I am trying to say is that I've been building websites for over 15 years. I work bloody hard, live in North Wales and have worked on some amazing projects for some amazing companies over the years.
Skills & tools
I tend to build Magento or WordPress websites using HTML, jQuery, CSS (Sass or occasionally Less). I know my way around Photoshop pretty well, use Gulp and Git.
I'd be lying if I said I knew reactJS, Vue, Angular, Knockout but one day who knows. I'm also learning French.
Stuff I've done
I've worked on some interesting projects both large and small over the years for various brands and organisations. Here's some to name a few. Like most people, a lot of the stuff I've done has changed beyond recongition since it was taken over.
Virgin Money, London Marathon,adidas, Lucozade, Waitrose, John Lewis, Aldi Recruitment, Holiday Inn, We Are Macmillan, The co-operative, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis Trust
.Net Design Challenge
In October, I was asked to take part in the .Net design challenge where I had to design a homepage for a fictional national park. As part of this, I decided to create the actual site for a CSS grid exercise.
Murder She Wrote
As part of a training drive and wanting to learn CSS Grid, I decided to combine that with a real topic. And what better topic than the classice TV show Murder She Wrote.
Ecommerce Theme Design
I spend my days building eCommerce sites but have never designed one so I wanted to try my hand at it. This is work in progress but there is a homepage to see.
A few years back, I used to build landing pages and microsites before responsive became a thing. I found some old designs and decided to rebuild for responsive. Lots of fun.
It's not all work work work. I'm a dad to 2 kids and an uncle to 3 more. I like to do other things aside from Web Design. If I'm not putting pixels in their place, I'm either watching football or cricket, listening to music or watching a film. I also attempt some graphic design.
People say I'm not a social person and they'd be right to be fair. I am a bit of a grump but I'm 40 so I think I've earnt the right to a moan.
Stuff I adore
Aston Martin – Car
Liverpool – Football teams
Alan Partridge – Character
Luther / Game Of Thrones – TV shows
James Bond / Star Wars – Films
Muse / ABBA / Goldfrapp – Musical artists
Tuna & Pasta – Food
Cornwall – Holiday
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
What people say about me
Dan wants to do what’s right - always. He doesn’t bullshit. He absolutely hates trains.
Dan presents the image of a grumpy old man but under that exterior and sarcastic humour is a heart of gold that would do anything for his friends and family and someone who is extremely passionate about his work and helping others learn.
I asked Dan if I could be added to this. I sit next to him on the train. He does the CSS and I like how he does it. Dan is a good egg and deserves to work on good stuff. Save me a seat tomorrow. Don’t include that last bit.