I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Announcing The 18TWO Website

It does­n’t feel like it’s been just over 3 months since I announced my move to self employ­ment. The time has flown by pret­ty quick­ly and I’m hap­py to say that I’m man­ag­ing to pay the bills & eat so I must doing some­thing right (right?).
As with every small busi­ness client work takes focus to per­son­al work, so whilst most of you were enjoy­ing Christ­mas hol­i­days I took the break from client work as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to get my new site fin­ished. If any busi­ness, espe­cial­ly a design one, is going to sur­vive it needs some­where to show­case it’s work which is the main focus of the new 18TWO web­site. At the moment there is a small selec­tion of some of the work I’ve done in the last 3 months and I’ll be work­ing to add some old­er stuff in the com­ing weeks along with mak­ing the site respon­sive for those of us with iPhones/smart phones.
Please jump over to the new site, have a look, poke around and (a cheeky one this) share with your friends, col­leagues and fam­i­ly. Of course if you like what you see and would like to work with me please do get in touch.

The One Where I Announce I’m Now Self Employed

There are some posts you dream about writ­ing, posts you’d love to write but nev­er think you actu­al­ly will. This is one of those posts.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about change. Chang­ing the way I approached some­thing has lead to excit­ing guid­ance and a big change in my career.
It start­ed with a con­ver­sa­tion with two very good friends of mine. One asked how work was, then fol­lowed it up with a query about what I real­ly want­ed to do. The oth­er laughed, asked me a ques­tion, set me a chal­lenge and then held me to it. That ques­tion lead me to writ­ing the last post about a change of approach, a change which, thanks to Gods guid­ance is lead­ing to a leap of faith.
What’s the leap?
On Fri­day 3rd August I worked my last day in full time employ­ment and spent my last day liv­ing in sun­ny (!?) Slough. The fol­low­ing day I moved to Chel­tenham, again. A place I attend­ed uni­ver­si­ty and a place that I love being in.
With that move came a change of employ­ment. I am no longer a rat run­ning a race, but instead a man work­ing as a busi­ness own­er. I’ve final­ly tak­en the leap into self employ­ment. Rely­ing on the Lord to sup­ply me with enough work to put food in my stom­ach and to pay the bills.
For a long time it’s been my ambi­tion to work for myself, even while I was study­ing at Uni I knew ulti­mate­ly I want­ed to have my own design stu­dio. It near­ly hap­pened straight after Uni after a lit­tle encour­age­ment from my tutor, but I knew it was­n’t real­ly the right time. There was a lot I still had to learn, well let’s face it there still is. I’ve now been in full time employ­ment for 5 years. I’ve grown a lot, I’ve changed a lot and I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve expe­ri­enced work­ing for a small com­pa­ny and I’ve expe­ri­enced work­ing for a larg­er com­pa­ny. Both were good expe­ri­ences that taught me many dif­fer­ent things, but under­neath there was always this desire to have my own com­pa­ny bub­bling away.
I’m delight­ed to say that has now hap­pened. I’ve had a lit­tle hol­i­day, moved to a new (old) place and am at the end of my first week of self employ­ment. It’s excit­ing, a lit­tle daunt­ing but feels like the best deci­sion I’ve made. Except that I did­n’t make it, God showed me the door and I pushed it. Now I’ve got to con­tin­ue push­ing doors, keep faith­ful to Him, and work as hard as I can.
In the next cou­ple of weeks I’ll be able to intro­duce you to a new name and a new web­site. Of course this place will still exist and I hope to increase the lev­el of writ­ing, and hope­ful­ly build on some friend­ships that I’ve estab­lished through my blog over the years. It’s an excit­ing adven­ture, I hope you’ll join me on it!