Philosophy... design, by a bike geek
When we look at design what do we see?
Perhaps the most important part of design isn’t the stuff that’s immediately visible, but rather we should also focus on the not-so-immediate components. At the centre of design is the user (that’s you!), and that’s important because websites have the potential to be something greater than text and images. Through understanding your needs and impressions we can create more than something to look at; we can craft an experience.
There are bikes and there are bikes. We want to ride the fun bikes. If bicycle manufacturing was my forte, I’d like to build you the last bike you’d ever need to buy.
How do you define something to stand the test of time?
I am a front-end developer. I build the parts of a website that you interact with and can see. I also develop “middleware” – the glue that connects the front-end to the back-end (the bits you don’t see). The glue is an important layer in connecting our expectations – expectations built from our interactions with technology – to the behaviour of a website. With it we can create interaction concepts and intelligent websites.
When we pedal a bicycle we know it’s going to move forwards. This simple concept will never change because some things are just built to last.
About... race commentary
Some people call me Chris. Some people call me Christopher. Some people like to yell “affectionate obscenities” as I overtake them on my Brompton (a silly looking, but not-to-be-underestimated, fold-up bike). I am website designer/developer, gadget hoarder and connoisseur of fine cycling apparatus. I’m also a bit of geek.
For me bicycles are beautiful. They are, perhaps, one of the best examples of form and function so seamlessly integrated together that it becomes imperceptible. From stunning looks and flowing lines through to hi-tech componentry and the state-of-the-art, they are a facet to the pinnacle of design. They have revolutionised transport, taken us places never thought possible, been placed in museums and have helped us set world records. They are one of our greatest achievements, and maybe one of our greatest enjoyments.
For me, and for what they allow me to do, they are a source of limitless inspiration.
Developer profile... spec sheet
I work at the junction of design and development, where form meets function. I like to refer to it as The Glue, but regardless of how we define it this intersection remains a critical, if transparent, component within every website. As well as designing and developing original, bespoke websites, if you are looking for project-work assistance I am also available lend my expertise in these areas:
Whether your project needs a little bit animation, a bit of a spring clean, or just something shiny, I provide beautifully hand-coded websites infused with a passion for the latest web technologies. And combined with knowledge of accessibility guidelines, web standards and responsive layouts, you can be sure of a truely cross-platform and accessible website.
The details of connecting the database to the front-end can sometimes be overlooked. I create mechanisms to help structure data output that is meaningful and relevant to the user, all whilst implementing rigorous security practices to sanitise or validate data as necessary.
Related skills: Apache 2 / MySQL / Object-orientated Programming (OOP) / PHP
From wireframes to full-size, pixel perfect renders I supply the necessary aesthetic specifications that form the basis of your website. Designs can also be tailored to integrate with or extend your existing branding or, if no brand style exists, help establish new branding guidelines. Production-ready artwork and assets are supplied in HiDPI (@2x minimum) to take advantage of the latest computers and mobile devices.
Related skills: Asset Optimisation / Wireframing
House-style and coding standards are important in helping to preserve a maintainable codebase. No one understands this better than a fellow perfectionist developer. This puts me in a great position to provide development resources for smaller tasks or to help build out fully-fleshed features. Whether you use one tab, two or four spaces, UNIX or DOS line endings, or advocate pertinent commit messages, I'll fit right in with your development conventions.
Related skills: Coding Standards / CVS / Git
The user experience (UX) of your website directly informs, and is simultaneously informed by, the user interface (UI). From websites to web-based applications, I can help define and craft a product that is tailored specifically to your users.
Related skills: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Whether your website runs Wordpress, Drupal or a bespoke Content Management System, I can provide development capability to help create plugins/modules or for creating and customising themes. Alternatively, if you're looking to get the most out of your CMS, then I can also advise on server setup and configuration options.
Related skills: Plugin Development / Theming
Rider profile... scratching that itch
The Brompton is a perfect balance of speed, versatility and practicality, dishing out bonus humiliation points upon overtaking the pro racers.
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The Five, or “the sofa”, is the thinking man’s bike...when he wants a day off. Built like a tank, it is unstoppable mass of aluminium that feeds off gravity.
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Specialized Sirrus Pro
The dark carbon fibre of the Sirrus never casts a shadow and you do not hear it as it coasts up behind you. It is the Wolf, and it smells your merino.
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