• How I built... Haynes Effects

    What did you do when we first went into lockdown? I did what anyone would do… I designed a new guitar pedal. This build is a little more special than usual. Not only did I build a release a new, one-page website - after many months of working on the...

  • Our (smart) home: Measuring up

    This post is the first in what will no-doubt be a preposterously long series about purchasing and modernising our first home. My partner and I are in the final stages of buying a house and, as a proud geek, the time came to start planning what we want our future...

  • How I built... Moar Guitars

    TL;DR This is probably the most challenging website build of my career thus far. On this project, I had the pleasure of: Furthering my understanding of Liquid syntax Set up Zapier and Airtable as a CMS via an API Writing scripts in Ruby and running them daily using cron jobs...

  • How I built... Printers Playhouse

    In a recent post, I mentioned that I would be continuing to teach myself how to build and deploy websites via Github Pages by building websites for good causes. The new site for Printers Playhouse has been live for just over two weeks and we’ve already seen more than 500...

  • Jekyll for Good

    Earlier this year I challenged myself to start building websites (again), using Jekyll via Github Pages. Since January, I have published three sites: This site; migrating my design portfolio from Squarespace staceyandjohn.co.uk; a site for our acoustic duo thegreatfire.co.uk; a site for our band Working on these projects reawakened a...

  • SEO for Github Pages

    You’ve got Github Pages up and running, installed your Jekyll theme and added a custom domain. Your site is looking great, but when you’re looking for it on Google (as you hope so many others are) you can’t find any trace if it. This is exactly what happened to me...

  • The Great Fire

    At the end of 2019, Stacey and I made a decision. We’ve been playing music together as an acoustic duo for more than a year and it has been one hell of a ride; we started out by playing a family member’s wedding and ended the year playing to 450...

  • Underway with Github Pages

    At the start of the year, I challenged myself to rebuild my personal site using Github Pages. Since then, I’ve been on a small spree - working on numerous sites to further my understanding of front-end design, styling and deploying to multiple sites via Github. I first started “building websites”...