I'm Nick dnob
I'm a contract front-end developer and interface designer.
I work directly with businesses or with agencies. You can hire me to design and build web sites, or interactive design patterns and prototypes.
My ethos is to make things simple, as opposed to the simpler task of making things complicated. I like unambiguous, concise, intuitive interfaces.
I started out professionally by making 8-bit graphics for video games. And I've also made a lot of mixtapes. So, I'm totes au fait with all submerging technology :)
I'm based near Manchester, England.
Sorry - I don't do Wordpress themes. If your need a small CMS then it's Perch for the win.
I've worked on several high profile websites in various sectors (eCommerce, University, Public Transport, Corporate) either as a designer or as a front-end dev. Below is feedback from some recent clients. Contact me for examples / URLs.
Nick is one of those rare and valuable examples of a freelancer you can completely rely upon. Technically he does things right and on-time, but for me his real skill comes in faithfully and painstakingly translating designs into working websites. One of the best experiences I have had working with a freelance developer.
David Bowers - Evolutia
Nick's interpretation of our requirements was spot on - he worked through all the technical aspects of the site, including a number of quite complex interfaces with other client systems. He got right under the skin of the project, building the site from the ground up to deliver the highest levels of accessibility and ensuring the site worked seamlessly across a range of devices.
Sue Vanden - Hemisphere
Nick was a one stop shop for wire-framing, design, user experience, right the way through to producing high fidelity designs and functional prototypes. His work was excellent, as was his ability to articulate the rationale used in the different approaches and his relentless consideration for the customer.
Peter Gibbs - Iceland Foods
Nick demonstrated excellent problem-solving skills, and was able to align user needs and business requirements in the form of viable solutions for many technical areas of our websites such as checkout and payments. Nick tackled many of the less conventional edge cases, and understood and developed the principals or persuasion architecture.
Simon Poole - Littlewoods / Shop Direct
Having previously worked with Nick at Autotrader, I invited him to help us build a site for a client's new tyre brand. We were very pleased with his work and support. Not only did Nick fulfill the creative brief we gave him, but he came back with his own ideas that helped enhance the end product.
Ian Downes - Liquid Agency
My dev kit
|Work station:||Mac OSX, Dell Ultrasharp IPS, Logitech M185|
|Mobile kit:||iPad, InkPad, Textastic, Logitech K480|
|Coding tools:||Sublime Text, Firebug, Stackoverflow|
|Project tools:||Git Tower, Fire FTP, Sequel Pro|
|Image tools:||PS, AI, PNG Quant|
|Boilerplate:||jQuery, JQuery Easing, Spin.js, Bootstrap CSS|
|Task mngt:||Any.do, Trello|
If you don't already have a process in place for your project then my suggestion would be something like this...
Firstly, we establish what you need. You may already have the visual design nailed down and want it faithfully converting into a functional device-responsive website. No problem.
You may also need some usability design expertise ...
Typically, we'll start by allocating time to research, interrogation, ideas development and visualisation. Ultimately, I'll produce a solution in the form of detailed visual designs that will then inform the development.
If interaction design (and conversion) are critical to the business then you'll be wanting to go deeper into the design process ...
I recommend an iterative design approach that combines design and front-end development in the form of a working prototype, where each iteration informs the next, uncovering nuances, opportunities and challenges that designing independently does not. You can include user-testing in that process too.
I'll set out the requirements and development tasks into a simple contract. This means we know when the project is complete and what your development costs will be. I also set out development milestones to provide opportunity for you to approve the work in progress. And you'll have access to the work at any time via a Git repository.
I am currently booking work for November 2016 so please get in touch...