After 15+ years of graphic design work, the 'coder' in me finally came out to play... I now get to enjoy both the design and development aspects of this crazy world called the internet.
I specialize in clean, simple, responsive (mobile friendly) designs that give your brand a solid platform to shout, "Here I Am World... Check Me Out!"
Affectionately dubbed, 'coding geek' — a backend web developer deals with the 'nuts and bolts' of web pages, apps, social media networks, e-commerce platforms and more. Staring at line after line of code for hours on end, programming tends to make us coders like a proverbial fire-cracker at parties!
Once the shell of the site or app is laid out, its time to 'paint the walls' and make things look as pretty as a daisy on a spring morning! Design brings together color schemes, logos, font styles, even good use of space... to give a 'look and feel' that helps sum up who you are, what you do, and why people need what you have.
Think of 'UI' and 'UX' as the architects directing the developer and the designer. Between solid code and snazzy graphic design, UI and UX makes sure that only essential and thoughtfully positioned elements are used on a site or app — ensuring maximum usability & engagement from your users.
"It's a mobile world..." and any site that isn't optimized for mobile devices, will automatically lose roughly half of its users.
More and more people are using their mobile devices to browse the web and connect with services.
By using scalable grid systems, I make sure your site looks sharp and professional on any device - from the latest iPhone or iPad, Samsung tablet, Blackberry or any other screen.
SPA's - single page apps (like the page you are now looking at) give a company a sleek site that flows smoothly for the viewer.
Using tools like bootstrap and jQuery libraries, I can make a static page come to life, and give a solid voice for your services.
A popular way to get a SPA site up and running quickly, is to modify whats known as a 'paralex theme'. Alternatively, I can personally work with you and create your own unique SPA from scratch.
Ruby on Rails is a fantastic programming language that sites like Shopify, Groupon, The New York Times, Airbnb and Soundcloud use.
The 'bread & butter' or 'meat & potatoes' of web site development — the latest versions of HTML5 and CSS3 build on decades of greatness.
The glue of civilization, the fabric of society, the most important thing in life... Love of my family is what truly drives me forward!
What can I say... I just love looking at a computer screen filled with funny characters trying to create something both functional and beautiful.
Known as both 'the gentle art' and 'human chess' jiu-jitsu is a life-long passion that keeps my brain sharp and my body loose.
After visiting over 20 countries, I have to say that nothing humbles the spirit and opens your mind like travel. Go do it while you can people.
And who can travel without taking a million photos? I can't, thats who! Seeing the world through the lens of a camera has given me countless treasures.
My Danish grandmother gave me my first taste of coffee at just 5 years of age. They said it would stunt my growth, but I'm 6'3" so maybe it was for the best!
Kerikeri, Northland - New Zealand