Hello, I'm Ian, a Web Developer living in the UK. Who enjoys building well-designed, functional and performant websites, using multiple languages and tools. Working with technology such as Ruby on Rails, ES6, SASS, ReactJS / NextJS and other frameworks.
Over the years web performance and user experience have been a key area I have focused to improve on, as it becomes vital for google rankings and providing users with a better experience.
Outside of web development, I do bits of web design, go to the gym, play rugby, play games and when I can attend events in the community such as Leeds Digital Drinks and Leeds JS.
Originally from Cheshire. I moved to Leeds for University in 2012 where I studied Creative Media Technology, where I learned multiple skills including responsive web development, user experience, visual branding and game development.
Ruby On Rails
Web development has changed a lot over the last few decades, from basic HTML and CSS to frameworks like Ruby on Rails, React and SCSS, as such as a developer I have had to adapt, explore and expand on my skill set. To do this, I have worked on multiple projects from building blogs to e-commerce and interactive quiz games using different technologies.
No matter what a website is built for, or how good a site looks if the site is not performant, users will end up leaving and looking for another site, Google is also website performance as a part of how they rank websites on their search engine. This is is why as a developer I find a more performant way of doing stuff while still giving the users a good experience.
Originally started my careers as a web designer before moving to web development, and is still something I like to do in my spare time. In web design, you need the users an easy and intuitive experience for them to use the site, using tools like Adobe XD allows you to prototype sites and see how a user would interactive with elements on the page without touching code.