Hey, I'm Dan, a web designer from North Wales. Essentially I make websites for money using various skills and techniques that I've learnt over the last 18 years or so. I work hard and I want to say play hard but half the time, you will find me pottering about at home like a pensioner.
I love the eighties, especially the music and over time have worked on some exciting projects for some equally exciting companies.
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, Dawsons Music, Charlotte Tilbury, We Are Macmillan, The co-operative, Silentnight, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cox & Cox, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Bettys Tea Rooms
Away from the daily grind
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.
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
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
Just a guy doing some writing.
Many years ago, I started a blog. I love writing but don't do enough of it. I find it helps me put the world to right in my head as well as learn a few new things. It has been an invaluable tool in my career. There are witterings about me, the job I do and what I think. All opinion mind so happy to talk about it. Just play nice.
Have a look at my latest post to the right or below depending on what device you are on or you can see a full list of posts here
Aside from the day job, I still love to make things in HTML & CSS in my spare time. Here are a couple of my most recent things. I'm always on the lookout to do more side projects so if you have any ideas feel free to get in touch.
Photoshop design, CSS & HTML Build
.Net Design Challenge
In October, 2018, 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.
CSS & HTML Build
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.