My name is Matt Smith and I’m a Web Designer and avid technology fan.
Does the above look like a welcome? I think it does, so we’ll leave that bit there and tell you a little about me, this site and how it came to be and maybe a little of what you may expect to find here.
First off, I’m not THE Matt Smith. Well obviously in my world I am as it would be a little strange if I just walked around going “oh me? I’m just a Matt Smith”, but at no point will I claim to play a time travelling alien who travels around the universe in a tiny yet huge Police Box. However, even though I’m not that Matt Smith, I do share another commonality other than a name…we’re both from Northampton, well Northamptonshire. I’m based in a lovely town called Kettering less than 20 miles from Northampton.
If none of the talk about time travelling aliens makes any sense to you, then I seriously suggest you go watch Dr Who now and stop looking at my site. You can come back later and look of course, but for now…Dr Who!
Now then, on to my site. Yes, this is my personal site…obviously. It started off as a simple portfolio site for my web design projects; a place where I could show the world some of the work I’ve done. The obvious reason for that would be so people might like to hire me to complete graphic & web design projects for them. As such a tool, the site did as advertised, however I always felt it was lacking.
As I wandered the interwebs, I found other graphic & web designers expanding their sites into web design based blogs. A way for them to share content they’ve found and been inspired by and also where they could create their own original content. This seemed like a fantastic idea and as such I developed this site to include a web design blog. This was great at first as I posted a couple of web design inspired posts and then kind of stopped.
As much as I’d like to trawl around the internet looking at what everyone else is doing for 12 hours a day I just simply don’t have the time. I now work full-time as the Graphic & Web Designer for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and my days are pretty full of exciting projects for them.
If I’m not doing my full-time job, I’m doing freelance work as I love what I do and freelance work brings other creative projects to my door which for a web designer is great!
Based on these conclusions, running a purely design based blog just isn’t possible for me, but I knew I wanted to keep a blog on the site, but the questions were then ‘why?’ and ‘what content?’. With these 2 questions in mind, I set about refreshing my site and combining my work and my passions together.
The end result is a website where I can show people some of the work I’ve done and hopefully gain interest from potential employers, whilst also blogging about the things I love and also the things that interest me. Which is why my blog may contain web design based posts, but it’ll also contain technology based posts and probably some gaming posts too as I love all these things.