It’s been an insanely busy year here in the studio, so much so that any notion of keeping my website up to date has gone out of the window!! But finally a few extra evenings put in and I have updated my website examples page at last. I have created more websites than ever this year but as a result have not had the time to add them to my examples page. At the same time I decided I needed to make it easier to browse the examples, add more information for them, make it easier to reach the websites themselves from my pages and re-boot the page so I get more mileage out of the keywords in these examples to boost SEO (search engine optimisation) by making use of the inbuilt “post” functionality of WordPress and a handy WordPress plug-in.
I Finally got around to doing something today that I keep putting off but is really quite essential; my “Website Examples” page on my business website. It’s been a lot of hard work and I set myself the goal of listing 100 websites I have created along with preview pictures and links. When I counted up I had actually listed 103. For each one of these websites there is probably another one I have forgotten about (as it’s hosted elsewhere) or has been upgraded or just deleted as businesses come and go. After 17 years you work on a lot of different jobs and systems, some not even public. Anyway, if anybody is feeling bored or if you’re genuinely interested in asking me to do some work and would like to see some examples then please pop along and have a browse…
(Please remember that not all websites will be super wow amazing as they are all created to varying customer’s budgets, just contact me if you have any questions)
How “geek” is this! My lucky charm! After 15 years working in printing and a brief stint as a graphic designer for a corporate consultancy agency, I decided to take a change in direction and teach myself web programming. Not as weird as it sounds as I spent many years in my youth learning to program home computers in the 1980s (BBC, Vic-20 and ZX Spectrum) in both BASIC and Machine Code, writing several games in the process. The combination of coding and graphics required for web design just seemed to be a natural progression considering my experience and skills and at the time it was obvious the print trade was suffering and the future of small printing firms was in question. That was 15 years ago and this book was where I began that change. It is no longer of any use but back then I read it 3 or 4 times and built my first web-shop in the process ( Raucous Records first on-line shop ). This still has the two worn down grooves on the spine where I used to secure it on the carrier of my pushbike every day the take to and fro from work to read in break times. This book is the reason I’ve had steady work for the past 15 years despite the fluctuations of the print industry, it will always have a place on the bookshelf in our house.