I built my very first webpage when I was 12 years old. It was rubbish in today's standards, but back then, in 1996, it was the very thing that got me hooked on web-development. I found it fascinating and saw it, even as a 12 year old, as the future. From there, I scored my first freelance job when I was 15, which is when I decided to do this as a career.
I moved to New Zealand from South Africa when I was 17 years old, and got my first job at Network Service Providers when I was 18 as a designer and HTML developer. From there I quickly learned PHP and built various websites and web-applications for their diverse range of clients; including Century 21 NZ, for whom I developed an online listings management system for their properties.
In 2005 I moved to Practiv where I relied, initially, on my HTML and CSS skills; but very quickly moved into a Java development role. This is where I grew to understand and enjoy object-orientated programming, building systems for large insurance companies in the UK which included Friends Provident and Bupa. This was very interesting and extremely challenging, but I missed the ability to publicise my work. I love beautiful design, and large industrial systems just did not provide this for me.
This is when I moved into advertising and marketing. I joined Ogilvy NZ in 2008, where I quickly got to grasps of .Net and C# and built websites, large and small, for companies such as BP, Sanitarium, CocaCola and Auckland City Council. My Java experience helped me to understand the way applications should work; and my design experience helped me understand how things should look. It is in this industry where I found balance.
So after 4 glorious years in advertising and marketing, I decided to move into freelancing. I believe that freelancing provides me with the ability to use my skills in the best possible way, and provide them to a wider variety of clients. I am always looking for new and exciting projects to build or help with; and with my experience in design and development, I provide a pretty well-rounded solution to any work that you need done.