I’m a dab-hand with Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Audition, can handle a camera, know a thing or two about video formats and am also fluent in sound recording, sound effects and music (composition, recording and editing). Oh, and I can also do the odd voiceover too, if required - ask me about my Hugh Laurie impression. Actually, don't, The Wife says it doesn't sound anything like him.
In my spare time I like to ponder the nature of universe and to make biscuits. Well, when I say 'make biscuits', I really mean 'help The Wife to make biscuits' by doing the initial testing of the final baked versions (REALITY-CHECK: that's called 'eating biscuits') and doing the washing up of the befouled implements.
I am also a serial parenthesiser (no, really) and my penchant for parenthesis is second only to my desire to hyphenate - I just can't-help-it.
First commissioned in the summer of 2012, this site for Jacqueline Wilson has been a great success. The site is frequenlty updated with new features and the main 'townscape' graphical element has grown substantially over time. When it first went live, it included a voting system that allowed the users to decide which area of the site they wanted to be updated/expanded next.
Designed by Alex at Universe to compliment the graphical style of artist Nick Sharratt (who creates the cover illustrations for all of Jacky's books), this site was built by me with a little help from a thoroughly nice chap called Dave Everitt who made the first version of the forum.
This is a big author site with lots of areas that keep the kids engaged - here are some stats (as of August 2018): It has 308,556 Registered users, who between them have generated 6,077,375 Book views. Users have submitted 58,363 book reviews, 180,457 forum posts, 312,017 diary entries and written 114,983 stories.
There are too many features to list them all here, but here are a few in no particular order: personalised user area, personal diary, a story-writing app, send messages to your friends, games, a simple forum, town take-overs, downloads, competitions, user galleries etc.