About Me

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Opening Statement

I am currently employed as Web Graphics design lead at a data visualisation company based in Shropshire after graduating the University of Liverpool with a degree in Architecture, with a focus on Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD).

I have worked freelance as a web designer for several years and have gained experience in both UI and UX design. I love to solve problems and find the best and most innovative solution to design requirements.

Design Statistics

Although classically trained in art techniques such as sketching, painting and sculpture, a large proportion of my time and design work is based around using various computer programs to create my web-based and print designs.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about how my time is often divided up between the different disciplines of PC-based design.

  • Web Graphics, Photo Editing & Manipulation
    GiMP & Adobe
  • Photoshop Vector Illustration
    Inkscape & Adobe Illustrator
  • Front-End Design, UI & UX
    Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, Github, Atom, HTML5 & CSS3
  • Front-End Development
    Javascript, jQuery & WordPress
  • 3D CAAD Modelling
    Trimble Sketchup & Google Earth

Experience

I have always been creative, growing up I dreamt of being an illustrator like Quentin Blake. I am lucky enough to be employed in a job that I love – and I’d love to share some of my enjoyment for my work with you. See below for some of the places that I’ve been to gain my experience.

Squarefountain
Founder (2004 – )

Squarefountain, though it has undergone several name changes, has been my personal vehicle for all my freelance design work for many years. I have been lucky enough to work on various design projects, as well as exploring new techniques and expanding my abilities on many self-driven exercises.

A number of highlights from Squarefountain history include:

Shropshire-based Data Visualisation Company
Web Graphic Design Lead (2009 – )

Being the creative lead at a company that regularly punches above it’s weight is a truly exciting experience. Specialising in web applications and dynamic data-driven interfaces, I have been in charge of delivering understandable and innovative user experiences and interface designs to a varied range of informative and socially interactive projects.

Noteworthy projects have included:

Education

University of Liverpool
BA Architecture (2:1) (2006 – 2009)

Though it could be seen as a strange direction for a future web designer, I took my degree as an opportunity to use my art and design skills to solve problems in a 3D space, rather than the 2D space that I’m usually presented with on a website or poster design. Exploring the construction and design of buildings throughout history satisfied my love of architectural design and help influence my other creative works.

Particularly fulfulling moments include:

  • Winning the 2009 School of Architecture competition to design an exhibition space to represent Liverpool at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
  • Receiving a 1st for my CAAD module, creating a virtual tour of the School of Architecture.
  • Completing various design scheme projects including a wildlife centre on the edge of the River Mersey created entirely from paper, or a centre for the visually impaired with an interactive light facade – capable of playing Tetris.

Mid-Cheshire College
Art & Design – BTEC Foundation Diploma (2004 – 2005)

After completing Art, I.C.T and Media Studies at A-level, this was my first experience in art-focused education. Although I was currently undecided as to the path that I wanted to take into the creative world, this course allowed me to broaden my skills in various disciplines including sketching, exhibition design and typography.

Highlights include:

  • Gaining a distinction for my Art History dissertation on the Globalisation of Mass Surrealism, a study of bizarre and surreal elements used in modern advertising.
  • Receiving a City & Guilds certificate in Life Drawing.