19 years design & CSS-wrangling across CiviCRM, Wordpress, Drupal & Joomla.
After a summer holiday research job looking at Film & TV rights in 1999, and excited about the web: I quit Uni with a friend to run our indie film website full time. We had three goals: to learn about filmmaking and the media business by interviewing everyone we could (& publishing it); to distribute or 'netribute' films online; and to sell our startup for millions so we could make our own movies. I was 20, broadband didn't exist — everyone was on dialup, we genuinely knew next to nothing — and two weeks after we quit Uni, the dotcom bubble burst.
We survived on instant coffee, making documentaries for cable TV and writing more industry books, until £500/month 75/hour weeks hurt too much and I went to join another indie film web startup (which was more successful). I brought out a book on film finance — we sold 11,000 copies and I got to sit in a bookshop in Cannes during the festival signing them, despite never having had a film financed and released.
Having learnt some hard lessons, and with a rucksack of regrets, I now try to work as close to exclusively in the non-profit & charity sector. I bring a design eye to open source projects, and work with the three great open source CMSs (Joomla, Wordpress & Drupal), Bootstrap, UIKit, and the best open CRM — CiviCRM. In my spare time I'm an unread Cli-Fi author with a stack of unmade films. I work hard & refuse, most days, to lose hope.