I have been designing in one form or another since I can remember. Throughout my childhood I was extremely creative, drawing landscapes, people, animals and cartoons. After discovering The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, I started painting happy little objects with with oils and canvas. Although, if I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t very good. In my late teens I discovered photography and Photoshop. I was manipulating photographs and creating digital imagery fora couple of years when I designed my first website, in order to sell my pictures from. From that day I was hooked, and I ditched the imagery in favour of website design which I have been doing ever since (for 13 years).
Enjoying web design as a hobby for a number of years and honing my web design skills, as well teaching myself website development and coding (which are two very different things), I was ready to start selling and entered the commercial marketplace in 2005 part time.
By 2007, I was generating enough business and looking after enough clients to quit my regular part time job and go it alone. Since then, business has steadily grown and my client base increased. I have been employing other designers and developers to meet the needs of an increasing business, as well as staff specialising in internet marketing, social media and iOS & Android app development.
The latest big move in my journey was a move from Norwich, England to Toronto, Canada where I now live, as well as work. I am working with a fantastic Toronto company called Elora Consulting, where as well as heading up their web department I am also doing project management in other areas including mobile apps, computer software and other digital display projects. This is a perfect move for me, where I can utilise my current skills and experience, while learning about a whole whack of new industries.
The Elora team is extremely diverse in personality as well as skill set. This means an inspiring and motivational environment to work in, something that’s priceless for me after working from home for 7 years.