About me

My name’s Matt and I’m a web developer. I specialise in Front-End, writing HTML, CSS, and Javascript, but my background is really in design (especially UI/UX). I love clever puns, Gill Sans, and one day aspire to have my own library... complete with sliding ladders.

Relevant Skills

  • UI / UX Design & Mock-ups
  • Wireframing / Polished prototypes
  • Asset creation (icons, illustrations, etc.)
  • Branding identity, and marketing design
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch
  • Testing (WCAG, responsiveness, cross-browser)
  • HTML5 (Haml, Markdown)
  • CSS3 (SASS, ITCSS)
  • JavaScript (ES6, React, Coffeescript)
  • Version Control (GitHub)
  • Ruby (Rails framework)
  • Rspec (Test-driven-development)

How I got started

After studying Graphic Design at university, I started working as a young freelance designer and spent the better part of a year being asked if I “did websites”. Eventually, I found myself saying “yes”.

I began to play around with Wordpress and started to write my own basic code (it was crude, but it worked). I finished a web design course, whilst working a job in tech support, and enrolled in a coding bootcamp.

The bootcamp was Makers’ Academy, so I moved to London in February of 2014 and started their full-time, three-month program. We covered seemingly everything from the command line to Ruby and Rspec. Those three months were some of the most exhausting and exhilarating of my life, but I loved every second.

After that, I landed my first job as a junior web-developer at Edukit (a start-up working out of a co-working space on Silicon Roundabout). Meeting other developers for the first time really introduced me to the fast- paced world of modern web development. Since then, I've been lucky enough to work with a variety of talented teams in London.

Me in October of 2018

About this website

Built with Gatsby, I started designing this version of my website in 2016. My very first website was a monument to my own stubbornness, cobbled together using only a text editor and a free FTP client (sometime in 2011). There have been long periods of time since then when I've not had a personal website but the idea has always appealed to me. You can read more about this website build here.