"Hope is the fuel of progress"

Nicol Wistreich

Slow down & fix stuff.


Front end design, UX and development

From global charities to solo artists.

19 years design & CSS-wrangling across CiviCRM, Wordpress, Drupal & Joomla.

Second Chance Humane Society Screengrab

Second Chance Humane Society

Design & Build — Joomla, PetFinder API, UIKit, YooTheme
CiviCRM.org screengrab


Design & Build — CiviCRM, Drupal, Bootstrap
British Association for the Person Centered Approach screengrab

British Association for the Person Centered Approach

Design & build — CiviCRM, Joomla, UIKit
Sophie Eve website screengrab

Sophie Eve, Virtual Assistant

Design & Build — Wordpress & YooThemePro
Rob Manning, composer screengrab

Rob Manning, composer

Design & Build — Wordpress, Widgetkit, UIKit
Viva La Visa website screengrb

Viva La Visa

Design & Build — Custom javascript, Joomla, UIKit
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas website screengrab

Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

Theme & Build — Scrolling javascript & Wordpress
Fund Your Film Screengrab

Fund Your Film

Design & build — UIKit, CiviCRM, Joomla, Twitter
Shisukunj website screengrab


Theme & Build — Drupal
Eelyn Lee Productions screengrab

Eelyn Lee Productions

Deisgn & Build — Joomla, Zoo, UIKit
Tigers Milk Records website screengrab

Tigers Milk Records

Build — Wordpress
Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Desgin & Build — Drupal & Bootstrap — for Circle Interactive
Green Party England & Wales Screengrab

Green Party England & Wales

Design & theme — Drupal for Circle Interactive
Maja Borg, filmmaker screengrab

Maja Borg, filmmaker

Build — Wordpress
Freshfields My Computer My Way screengrab

Freshfields My Computer My Way

Design & theme — Wordpress, for Circle Interactive
Future My Love

Future My Love Documentary

Design & Build — animated scrolling website, Nation Builder, Bootstrap

Person Centred Therapy Scotland

Desgin & Build — CiviCRM, Joomla, UIKit
World Associaiton for the Person Centered Approach

World Association for the Person Centred Approach

Desgin & Build — CiviCRM, Joomla, UIKit
Fund Your Film Screengrab

Fund Your Film

Print, web & copy
Friends to the stars screengrab

Friends to the Stars

Social network design & build
Netribution website screengrab


Design & Build — HTML static site 1999-2002 & Joomla site 2006-10
Film-web-writing-marketing, since 1999

Committed hyphenate

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.

Marketing & Analysis

Mission & goal-focused development strategy, including user profiles, market analysis & service/system mapping. Conceived & developed the Virtuous Circle model with SDI.

Design, UX & implementation

Analysis-informed user journeys and wireframes, prototypes and designs through to implemented & tested mobile-responsive & accessible themes & layouts

Copy, editing & print

From snappy web copy and content strategy to essays and print publication layout. Five books & hundreds of articles & blogs published both online and off, from The Times to Adbusters.

Video, photos & events

From the launch party for Hewlett Packard's double Cannes Lion winning HyPe Gallery, to YouTube channels & insider docs, we can produce rich creative work, or bring in our world-class network of creative friends.
Wordpress logo
Joomla logo
Drupal logo
CiviCRM logo
Bootstrap logo
UIKit logo

In detail…

Rob Manning
Website | 2016

Rob Manning

Eeleyn Lee Productions
Website & projects | 2009-2016

Eeleyn Lee Productions

The Film Finance Handbook
Print & Online | 2003-2010

Film Finance Handbook

Virtuous Circle
CRM, social and web | 2010-2012

Virtuous Circle


Selected essays, articles & blogs


International Film & TV Rights

Co-author, Market Tracking International, 1999, ISBN: 0954487400

Digital Asset Management

Author, Informa Media Group, 2001, 01843110229

Get Your Film Funded, 2003-04

Co-author/editor, Shooting People Press, 2003, 04, 0954487400

How to Fund Your Film, UK Film Finance Handbook 05-06

Co-author/editor, Netribution Ltd, 2005, 0955014301

How to Fund Your Film, World Film Finance Handbook 07-08

Co-author/editor, Netribution Ltd, 2007, 08 & 10, 0955014328

People Over Capital, chapter "Open Source Capitalism"

Chapter author, New Internationalist, 2013, 978-1-78026-161-4

Film Finance Handbook cover
2008, Netribution

Film Finance Handbook

Co-author of 492-page book on film finance, with dozens of case studies, and details of over 1,000 funds in 40 countries.
Digital Asset Management cover
2001, Informa Media

Digital Asset Management

Author of early book on creative strategies to digital opportunities and threats, in music, film, publishing & video games.

Films etc…

A Home (left) filmed in Glasgow, Wilton Street, following the sudden collapse of a house. Set to the Cinematic Orchestra's To Build a Home.

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