My written stuff

  • Getting conversions and making more sales on your website

    Sales, known as conversions are often a mine field, working inside e commerce (online sales websites) means I have the “insider” on getting as many sales as possible and improving them during the design and build process (often leading to a huge uptake in sales!). As I said, i’ve worked on many e commerce sites […]

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  • Google Plus for your business

    Quick post! Often, I get clients who are wanting just that little extra push in getting Google Rankings, and I share my secrets, often they are simple “best practices”, and other times they are just a little fixes – but the main one I always recommend is grabbing all your social media accounts as quickly […]

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  • End of 2nd week in DWP (Fraud and Errors)

    It’s been two weeks already? So far I’ve loved every minute of it, its been interesting as much as educational. What i’ve learned as of yet: Sprint meetings make complete sense and work, Agile – learn it, use it, be one with it. Having a team of good UX’ers to talk over issues with is […]

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  • Reponsive websites – are they worth the fuss?

    Is having a responsive site all that important? Let’s cut to the chase, YES it is! It seems everyone has a phone now a days, and all accessing the internet on the move – for an easy example, on average (per day) 41% of my visitors are on mobile devices – which is a lot […]

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  • Fixing the divide between front-end developer and back-end developer

    As you may know, I recently joined DWP, as their Creative Front-end Developer, initially working on a the Fraud and Error team (where people go to inform gov.uk of fraudulent activities, giving a name, birth date and reasons etc), and if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been discussing my findings quite a lot with other designers […]

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  • I’m often told that I’m a workaholic.

    Workaholic is just another word for “designer/developer”. Something this industry strangely celebrates and embraces till we all reach our breaking point. Being a workaholic, something I know I am guilty of, I started out with a plan, refusing to work weekends, late hours and miss out on quality time with my wife and my incredibly […]

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  • Do you have a snorkel?

    This is a blog post I’ve toyed with doing for sometime now, its risky to come out with it and admit it -not to my peers – they don’t pay my rent – but to my employers. I’m struggling. Us as an industry are struggling, so many of us are painting over the cracks with […]

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  • FREEdom time

    Being freelance is incredibly consuming, it can take you all in, by this, I mean the line between free time and freedom are incredibly blurred. Free time against freedom Since going solo, I’ve noticed my time is split up with being a husband, father and worker – which I find incredibly tough to manage. Sometimes, […]

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  • Hustling..no thanks

    Just don’t tell me you are hustling. I will officially announce – I do not hustle. Never have, never will, never want to. Hustling, just is not the lifestyle for me. Hustling has no time for family, friends or fun. My father in law, for what it’s worth (he will never read this blog post), […]

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  • DWP – the end of the first week

    Friday morning – 6am. On my way to DWP to end my first week. So much to take in, the code, the new names, how much food I’ve consumed! My team: Fraud and Errors are really really good bunch, a great mix of managers and do-er’s who have a real problem to solve – and […]

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  • Starting a new

    Today’s marks my first day at DWP – I will be releasing posts about my time there, as a diary on how they do meetings, work processes and the future of, what I believe – to be the future of web design/process and development. Since I started being freelance, there has been two or three places […]

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  • Job titles – the who, what and why?

    Lets be honest, our industry has an amplitude of job titles, ranging from “designer” to “Senior Engineer” to “web ninja(?)”, but the one I keep coming back to (or never leave) is Front-end Developer. Why? I have no idea, but it’s not what you are..it’s what you say.

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  • Who, over the years has inspired/inspires you?

    ‘I’ve worked with some amazing people over my eleven years as a web person and a few stand out as inspirational characters. People who shaped my career, gave me confidence and helped realise my ability.

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