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New Site – TSW

February 15th, 2009’ve recently completed a new website for a skilled carpenter and general handyman based in Norwich, Trevor Waters.

The brief was to create a showcase for the craftsman’s work and allow clients to get in touch to request quotes and / or more information.

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February 5th, 2009

So, I have finally given in and signed up to another social networking tool. Twitter.

After leaving my Myspace account to rot, and barely touching Facebook since registering, I feel I’m not really the social network entrepreneur’s target customer…

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Snowy London

February 2nd, 2009


All across London, a white sheet fell and halted day-to-day life. For the first time in a long time we have heavy snowfall! In fact, the heaviest snowfall for 18 years.

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Web Standards

January 9th, 2009

As mentioned in my previous post, Push Forward, I have the opportunity to make some vast improvements to the structure and coding of a new website that my employers are launching. Unfortunately, I’ve been instructed to complete the site as it is first, and worry about this stuff later – mainly due (I think) to the people in charge’s lack of understanding surrounding the advantages of designing and building to web standards.

I have therefore been scouring the Internet for ammunition to backup my argument when the time comes to put my case forward. There are a lot of useful articles out there, but for my purpose, this short presentation from sums it up excellently:

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Push Forward

January 7th, 2009

So, we are now well into the year 2009.

Unfortunately my aim to finish this and my freelance site over the Christmas holiday period was thwarted by the flu pandemic which seems to of hit the majority of the UK. However, all is not lost! I have now got my freelance site,, to a stage where I’m happy enough to push forward and get some stationery printed up and flyers/business cards handed out.

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September 24th, 2008
Bill Dan touching his work

Bill Dan touching his work

I thought I would make my first real post about something that wasn’t necessarily related to design or technology.

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The Beginning…

September 24th, 2008

…is here and although I haven’t quite finished the site or even told anyone it exists yet, I have decided that this will be it. The beginning of my blog!

If anyone stumbles upon this in the future, wish me luck… and if you like anything you’ve read here, I ask you to pass a link to those you feel may also enjoy it.

Who knows what’s going to happen – Here we go!

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As a designer, technology is closely linked with every aspect of my day-to-day life. Since an early age I have utilised the software at my disposal to bring ideas and sketches to life.


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