I'm Simon, a freelance web / UX / UI designer and front end developer.
I design custom websites, or build them to a supplied design.
I live in and work from the Western Cape in South Africa for local and international clients.
Please feel free to get in touch with me.
With backgrounds in journalism and programming, my parents founded the first desktop publishing and typesetting studio in Cape Town in 1986 where I helped out while still at school. I studied electronics, computer science and programming.
I taught desktop publishing from 1993 to 1995, then moved to London for 5 years for some hands-on experience.
I design and build websites, or curate and manage teams of designers and developers, servicing organisations, agencies and individuals.
I often motivate, initiate, and manage the task management systems during a build phase, working to a pixel-perfect standard.
A more comprehensive overview of the sort of procedural methodology I employ can be found here.
Here is a list of all the finishing touches you get in your package.
I have skills in finding, organising, and presenting information in ways that visitors to your website can understand, navigate, and find aesthetically pleasing.
I curate and manage teams of specialists - UX and graphic designers, front end website builders - to ensure a top-notch, fast and affordable service.
With 20 years of experience, visitors to your website built using my good hands will instantly know they've landed in your good hands.
Extended services are available through the Silicon Mountain collective. Check it out!
Using your or my design, I build light-but-sturdy, fast, and easy-to-use websites.
I build most of my websites using the self-hosted version of WordPress (wordpress.org) using a single fast, sturdy, “blank canvas” framework theme. This ensures customisability and longevity of websites, amongst many other benefits.
I make use of the excellent Beaver Builder range of tools. I carefully build their legendary page builder into the design of the website. This allows clients and content managers to quickly lay out pages and edit content on the front end of the website.
Depending on requirements, I code front end functions and templates, make use of quality WordPress plugins, and sometimes create my own, or modify existing plugins.
I have a team of back end developers on call for advanced functionality such as calls in e-commerce systems.
Languages and Software
So what's with all the aeroplanes?
Sometimes we need a good metaphor. In this case it's partly about about flight. Great websites are light, but sturdy, making flight an excellent metaphor.
Thinking outside the box achieved a perfect marriage of form and function in a particular plane:
The Bugatti 100 / 110p
The Bugatti 100 / 110p is a unique, beautifully-designed, extremely fast and highly-advanced aircraft. Although designed in the 1930s it was only recently built. Read more about it here.