Being Creative in the Jungle
Born in England, raised and educated in Scotland; I have chosen to live my life (for now) on an island in the southern Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is my home.
My initial route into IT came through the hardware engineering area until I switched my degree course over to software engineering. By the time I left University I was pretty fluent in Java, was more than capable of coding with VB.NET, and rather enjoyed C++. I haven't used any of them since!
At that stage in my life we chose to relocate from sunny Scotland(!) to a small tropical island in Thailand; as you do. After a few successful years operating a small shop offering computer repair services I grew frustrated watching anti-virus scans and replacing bits of systems. I had always offered website design and development services but was always too busy fixing machines to focus on my true love; code.
I have now successfully operated as a freelance website developer for the last 8 years on numerous projects with clients from America, Europe and Asia. I take projects from initial concepts and wire-frames to design, development, release and maintenance; most of my projects cover the complete development life-cycle.
I would probably describe myself more as a Front-end UI/UX developer as I have leanings towards user experience design methodologies in my skill-set and thought process. Working as a freelancer has ensured I have a wide and varied skill-set across all layers of the web delivery stack giving me a broader understanding across various core concepts.
Working as a freelancer means that you have to do everything yourself. I am self taught in every area of the web design process from wire-framing techniques to designing in the browser. To succeed in this industry you have to be constantly learning and taking in information from as many places as possible. As web developers we have such fantastic resources available to us in the form of blogs, books, tools, code standards and education.
Many people have created wonderful tools, services and protocols and contributed them to the community to make our jobs more efficient and opening up endless possibilities.
I look forward to exploring those possibilities.