I'm originally from South Africa and grew up on a dairy farm in a very beautiful part of the country.
Before I ever touched a computer, my life revolved around teasing cows, off-road motorbiking, hiking and wild camping in the mountains, staring up at the stars, canoeing, fishing and sport.
My wife and I moved to the UK at the tail end of 1995 — initially for one year — but as you've probably gathered… we never left. We have 3 teenage children. 2 sons and a daughter.
I write now and then and have written a few posts, jotted down some notes, and bookmarked links to articles I've enjoyed and found interesting. Hopefully some of them will resonate with you.
Some hobby stuff
I enjoy taking photos whenever I can and am a fairly decent drummer. Fly fishing for trout is something I grew up doing and continue to do. I head to the beautiful Lakedown Trout Fishery as often as I can. A gorgeous and tranquil spot away from all the noise.
I absolutely adore aircraft and still plan to pull my finger out and get my PPL one day.
What I'm reading
I'm a sucker for fantasy. The feeling of been transported to another world is intoxicating. Currently I'm making my way through "Dune" by Frank Herbert.
William R. Catton's "Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change" is blowing my mind quite a bit. I'd say I'm enjoying it but that wouldn't be truthful. I think it's more honest to say that it's probably turning out to be one of the most important reads of my life – but in a disturbingly and unnervingly profound sort of way.
Here's a selection of books I've read over the past few years.
What I do
I build websites.
Saying that, I think frameworks like Svelte, Astro, (and possibly Vue.js), are helping redress this imbalance.
Here's a bit more about some of the work I've done.
Am I a designer?
While I can design and do love the design side of things, I'm not a designer per se.
These days, my role often involves collaborating with designers to ensure that the design translates as well as it can into the browser — regardless of the end user's context and how they choose to navigate the web interface (eg. screen reader, mobile phone, browser of choice, etc.).
Webby stuff I'm enjoying
Eleventy, Astro, Svelte, Netlify, Fractal and SVG animation using GreenSock are proving really enjoyable to work with and have restored some of the magic of building websites again.
About this website
Sorry. Not so much about me I know but loosely related nonetheless. 🙄
This website has been the home of my personal blog for a fair few years. Everything written here represents my opinions and perspectives on various things. It doesn't reflect or represent the views of anyone I work for or with.
I also use it as a platform for experimenting with newer frontend web technologies & techniques — so there's every chance it may look a little 'wonky' now and then. Please forgive me if something doesn't look quite right or work properly on your screen at the moment.
If you have any issues, questions or spot any spelling mistakes(!), I'd appreciate it if you could let me know by submitting a GitHub issue, or by emailing me directly.
I've also written about my decision to redesign & develop my website in the open which has both been fun and scary. Not least because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and doing it this way has helped wean me off the need to have things completely polished before showing them.
More information about the technology used to make this website is available in this
Interested in working with me?
Good on you for making it this far!
Do you think there's a web project that I could possibly help you with? Then by all means get in touch.
I'd love to hear from you.