I started out as the son of a pastor in the village of Ferring near Worthing, where I lived for most of my life up to this point! I became interested in computers when I was about 9 years old, when my family got our first computer (way back in 1997!). By the time I was 12 we were on the internet (dial-up of course!) and I became aware of things like websites. Messing around on Microsoft Frontpage making simple websites (about Pokemon, of course…!) became a bit of an obsession for a while!
I branched out from there and learnt all sorts of things over the years. Computers were a bit of a lifeline for me throughout my teens as I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which left me quite isolated. I do still have CFS now but it’s not as disabling as it was then!
I got into doing computer jobs for people at first through my church, and also as part of my degree coursework (I have a BA in e-Communications from Sheffield Hallam – distance learning worked wonders for me!). In that course I learnt more about how to mentor others and help them to learn how to use computers better, and soon started putting that into practice! Later on I met Nick Rodgers from Fit Well and Connected and started doing websites and computer installations for charities supported by them, and my business developed from there.
These days I live near Bognor Regis in the little village of Eastergate, since my Dad retired from the ministry. If you want to find out more about how I work, check the Computer Help page!
Perhaps your laptop that a kind relative got for you a few months ago is just sitting there collecting dust, or the iPad that seemed like such a good idea at the time has managed to come up with a weird warning message almost as soon as you picked it up…!
Or it might be that you use your computer/tablet occasionally to do emails and maybe look at the odd website, but feel you could do so much more with it if you just knew how or had some guidance.
Whatever your situation is, I’m sure I can help!
I can come to you where you are and prices for a lesson start at £15.
I also can come to you to fix issues that you have with your computer/tablet, or you can bring it to me (enquire for my address!) and leave it with me for a day or two while I work on it. I can fix most problems!
At the moment I’m often subcontracting for Fit Well and Connected, who help to set up charities with Lottery grants for IT equipment and services (such as websites!).
Bognor Regis, West Sussex
39 Youth Club is a group for teenagers that meets near Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. I decided to challenge myself and do a slanted design as you can see! This was partially to reflect the printed materials that already existed for the club. It seemed to work well! As usual, I set things up so that the client can edit the site as they need to and it’s designed to be fully flexible for mobile.
Ferring, West Sussex
Ferring Baptist Church is a church in the village of Ferring, unsurprisingly! I was actually a member here for some time and I did their previous website for them quite some time ago. We decided it was time for an upgrade (and for them to be able to edit it themselves as I’m moving out of the village) and so I made this for them! It’s serving them well so far.
Littlehampton, West Sussex
Arun Sunshine Group is a charity that provides regular activity for adults with various special needs, and so we wanted to go for a colourful and fun but not too childish design for the website. It was also vital to include their logo, and so I did my best to incorporate it into the design. Photographs also needed to be included extensively to illustrate the charity’s various activities. Thankfully various folk in the charity are avid photographers, so there was no shortage!
This was another website where they needed to be able to edit it themselves, and so once again I included a Content Management System for them and trained them in how to use it. There were a few new challenges with this one, such as figuring out how to let them post their own video content to a page and to make various “blog” style posts to illustrate their latest outings and news. It all worked out well though!
With The New Montessori Pre-school website I attempted a colourful playful design with clear and readable typography and plenty of good photography. Thankfully a professional photographer (Charlie Chant) had worked with them earlier in the year, and she captured some excellent photos.
I kept to a consistent colour scheme throughout the site and tried to break up and arrange the content logically for the viewer (there was plenty of it, much of it in PDFs sent to me by the client!). I was pleased with the flexible navigation; throughout the project I concentrated on keeping the design consistent across different screen sizes.
This was also the first site where I implemented a Content Management System, allowing them to edit the website themselves. Training in how to use it was included!
Ferring, nr. Worthing
This was a local job that I did for a church just round the corner from my home! It was a pleasure to help them realise a more modern website, after years of relying on a perfectly serviceable but outdated design that didn’t function well on mobile devices. The flexible mobile design of this site functioned particularly well, managing to keep the website looking presentable and fast.
No longer active
Ferring, nr. Worthing
I did this project as part of my e-Communications BA, and was the first of its size that I had attempted. It was also the first charity that I had worked with.
There were plenty of design possibilities to consider, within the confines of a design brief that was provided to them by the wider Abbeyfield organisation, influencing the colour scheme and typography. They employed a professional photographer on my advice and the results showed, allowing me to use plenty of large photos throughout the site to break up the content. The body copy of the site I mostly wrote myself, with help and advice from a member of the website subcommittee.
There were a lot of meetings and back and forth in this project, and I learnt a lot about the internal workings of a charity!
Ferring, nr. Worthing
This was another project that I did as part of my e-Communications course, and was the first website that I had done in some years, having taken a break from what was previously just a hobby for me. It was a good way to brush off my skill set and reminded me how much I enjoy web design, and introduced me to the process of working with a committee etc.
I’ve continued to help them update and maintain the site over the years and we’ve developed a good working relationship!
Tel: 07519 293788
I’m always happy to hear from you, whether it be to book an appointment for some computer help/lessons or to discuss a possible website design.