What I do
I'm a Frontend Web Developer.
There are other names you may have come across that try to describe this role — like Frontend Designer, UI Developer, UI Engineer and Design Engineer.
Am I a Fullstack Developer?
Some may read what I wrote earlier and ask… "Wouldn't you call yourself a Fullstack Developer then?".
Nope, I wouldn't.
I've often struggled with that title anyway — and even more so these days. Not least because of the unrealistic expectations that accompany it; but also because building websites has become increasingly complex and it's virtually impossible to be competent - (let alone an expert) - across the entire stack.
Personally it doesn't interest me much either. I love working on the frontend (HTML, CSS & JS) and that's where I've spent the most time honing my skills.
Am I a designer?
I'm not a designer per se, but I love the design side of things. My role often involves collaborating with designers to ensure that the design translates as well as it can into the browser — regardless of the user's context and how they choose to navigate the web interface (eg. screen reader, mobile phone, browser of choice, etc.).
A few things I wouldn't be interested in doing
It's probably worth mentioning some of the things I'm not interested in. Hopefully this will help you better decide whether to contact me about a work opportunity or not.
- You're looking for a “quick website”. Sorry, I don't do rush work.
- You're looking around for the lowest price. This is always an alarm bell for me I'm afraid. I don't really do 'cheap and cheerful'.
- You need a designer to design your Website / App UI. I do love design. However, I am not a designer. I work with designers by bringing my strengths to the 'engineering' side.
Interested in working with me?
If you've read this far, good on you and thank you.
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.