I’m currently a month away from my final deadline of my Master of Research (MRes) degree. It’s essentially a mini-thesis, 30,000 words, surrounding generous browsing interfaces in the Digital Cultural Heritage field. But I’ve talked enough about that there.

Working four days per week as a web developer and taking on a research degree was always going to be a challenge, but I’m not sure I realised what a challenge it would be. The last two months have been a real struggle, battling with the limitations that the Covid-19 Pandemic has put in place of reaching the goals of the research, often overcoming one barrier only to be hit by another. Every one of my personal deadlines have been pushed back, sometimes multiple times, as delays outside of my control have hurt the timescales.

But I’m getting there. The word count is rising and the to-do-list items are tumbling.

I’m looking forward to completing it at this point, and then putting more work into this site and adding more writing and content to this site. I’m looking forward to having a day off. And, surprisingly, I’m looking forward to planning my next piece of research.

Under Construction

First post then. Here we go. is evolving as it’s being developed. What originally started as my web design and development portfolio is turning into something a little more personal. I was always taught not to do that, evolve a site on-the-fly. But this site is an experiment so let’s see how it goes. Each page and each section on that page is thought out and designed as a nod to something about me.

At this moment in time, my work has yet to be uploaded and the pages to hold my work have yet to be designed. The blog posts page too, lies waiting to be developed. But at the same time, I’m not sure this site will ever be “complete”.

The site itself is kept simple and minimalistic, with a typewriter-style font and mainly black and white colouring, as a throwback to my love of writing and reading. The logo, a minimalistic magpie, matches the black and white theme but includes red (a link to my American football team, the Chester Romans), blue and green (the colours of the sea, sky and land to represent my love of nature). The magpie itself represents my love of birds and animals as a whole, as well as my ties to the city of Newcastle.

I plan on utilising the blog too, writing about web design sometimes and about my personal life others, maybe. Let’s see how it goes.