About me

Hi there! I’m Jon, a freelance full-stack developer based in the beautiful city of Cardiff, UK.

I build beautiful, functional, and—most importantly—usable websites. I believe in doing things the right way, and that accessibility should be considered at every stage during the design and build process. I love to sweat the details, and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty if it makes the end result better for everyone.

I also believe in giving back, actively contributing to open-source, and endeavouring—where possible—to release at least one small part of every project I work on as an open source component.

I’ve been doing this almost 15 years—eight as a freelancer—and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to work with a wonderful smorgasbord of brands and companies, including SSE Telecoms, Orange, GoCompare, Jaguar-Landrover, Kia UK, Unite Students, the Royal Navy, the Imperial War Museum, Drinkaware, ONE, Oxfam, Breast Cancer Care, and the United Nations.

Skills + Technologies

I’m primarily a front-end specialist, and my key skills revolve around HTML, CSS (via SASS), Javascript, and SVG. Away from the browser, I spent several years as a PHP developer, and I’m equally comfortable with Ruby/Rails.

I’m pretty comfortable in the world of NodeJS, and regularly use/abuse both gulp and webpack as part of my common toolchain.

Over the years, I’ve become pretty proficient with Photoshop and Illustrator, and I’m working on building the same level of skill with Sketch.
It goes without saying that I’m Mac based, but any Linux-based system is good as far as I’m concerned :)

Away from the computer…

When I’m not hacking at projects, I’m a maker, photographer, and occasional musician. I love exploring the world and seeing how it works, take great delight in good food, and enjoy fast, winding roads more than perhaps is good for me.

One of these days, I might even get around to releasing this EP I’ve been working on for far too long…

But don’t just take my word for it…

Once you’ve worked with Jon you will actively search him out time and time again. He blends a unique breadth and depth of professional skills with an incredible human kindness, something often undervalued and overlooked in the age of commoditised services. I’ve been lucky to work with him for over 10 years now. He’s outrageously hard working, delivers top quality results quicker than anyone I know, and does all this without breaking a stride.
If you’re ever in doubt as to whether you want to work with him, firstly you do, and secondly, drop me a line.

- Matt Connolly, CEO, Tällt Ventures

We have worked with Jon on many occasions, each and every time he has excelled and delivered more than asked from him. He is polite, very knowledgable and we have no worries when asking him to interact with our clients. He is technically blessed and has a sharp eye for design aesthetics too (He is one of those exasperating people who is exceedingly good at any task he turns his hand to).
Jon is our ‘goto’ contractor for any project that we know will be technically challenging. He is a class act and a true professional.

- Ben Wellby, UX Director, Thought & Mortar

Jon is the consummate nerd! What he doesn't know about the latest web technologies isn't worth knowing. He has helped me out with and led on a number of large web projects and his attention to detail is only matched by his work ethic.
I would highly recommend Jon to any business looking for expert input on a digital project.

- Rob Lowe, (Former) Digital Director, Mr B & Friends

In a class of his own. Jon harnesses a professionalism and a level of knowledge that instantly sets him aside in any company. Highly passionate, committed and talented, he is the most professional and trustworthy developer I have worked with. He will always have your back… he is also a lovely lovely guy.
I can confidently recommend Jon as I know he will shine at any level.

- Ray O’Sullivan, Digital Director, Six