I studied Graphic Design at Newcastle College, and Design, Multimedia and Graphics at the University of Sunderland. I taught myself how to code and during my spare time, which led me to study Web Applications Development at the Open University. Throughout employment, as a Designer and Developer, I’ve worked on a wide range of web projects.
I left my job as a Front-end Developer and went self-employed in 2013, and set up Blueocto as a limited company in 2015. I’ve helped a wide variety of small to medium sized businesses to get started and grow online, from engineers to photographers, solicitors to massage therapists.
I primarily work with sole traders or very small businesses who often are not able to afford to work with bigger agencies. I believe high-quality web design and development should be available to everyone, not just larger or more established companies. I’m passionate about working one-to-one with clients and work hard to quickly grasp any issues facing your business to find a creative solution. I enjoy thinking outside the box, especially when tackling web design and development projects from scratch to ensure that your site stands out from the crowd.
Digital services include creating email campaigns (using MailChimp Expert and Campaign Monitor) and social media (branding and set-up on a variety of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+).
As well as my web work, I’m a voluntary Administrator of The Inspire Network, a North East Networking group for women with over 7,000 members (I organise the North Tyneside branch meetings). I also run North Tyneside SME’s Facebook group. I’m an admin for Foursquare (now known as Swarm) and enjoy working on side projects such as Newcastle Tots – Things to do with pre-schoolers in the North East.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with these great clients;
Derwentside District Council
Durham Gilesgate Sixth Form/Sports Centre
Durham City Council
Stockton Borough Council
Blue Chip Safety – see the project
Crowther Engineering Limited
Global Runway – see the project
Richard Silver Solicitors – see the project