A bit of context
I’ve been making web content in various forms since bodging together my first Wu-Tang Clan fan site in the mid-nineties, beginning with carefully crafted sites using Microsoft Frontpage and hosted on a free Angelfire account. It wasn’t perfect but it was fun, and it put me on course for a life spent slaving over pixels and code.
I’ve worked in various roles from teaching students how to code, to leading an in-house digital production team. Currently I’m a lead front-end developer at the largest independent agency in the South West (UK). In amongst that, I’ve also picked up a 1st class honours degree in Interactive Media Production, and a Masters degree in Creative Media Practice (big believer in education, education, education).
The photo at the top of this page is from a talk I gave at re:develop in 2016 called 10 Little Scraps of Wisdom. I wrote it up here but really, it works best as a presentation. I enjoy sharing my ideas, and have been lucky enough to occasionally get an audience for them. Some highlights include:
- Speaking at Barcamp Bournemouth about Swearing on Twitter, Confessions of an In-House Developer, and sharing Life Advice from Gangsta Rappers (which has been referred to by some as "the best presentation ever" - just saying).
- Talking about Impact by Design at Bournemouth University’s international Festival of Learning in a Pecha Kucha format.
- Zipping through some of the key events in the History of Communication at a Google I/O Extended event.
- Volunteering at a local primary school to do their Code Club which isn’t entirely ’public speaking’ as such but was much more intense and fun than any of those other things.
Hip-hop, photography, being a dad to 2 amazing children, National Trust properties, football, 90’s dance music; these are a few of my favourite things. I write about some of those things, and a few other topics now and then, and I’m always happy to chat over on twitter. Get at me, tell me your favourite Wu-Tang member, we’ll be friends for life.