Martin Francis

About Web Designer Martin Francis

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Capabilities

– What can Martin do for you?

Good at:–

  • Front end mark up (XHTML, HTML5, CSS, Javascript and JQuery) to W3C standard.– see my portfolio
  • Front end mark up using popular frameworks such as Twitter Bootstrap, HTML5 Bootstrap
  • Search Engine Optimisaion – see my SEO guide
  • Updating your current site. For example re-coding for accessibility or SEO
  • Working with legacy code
  • Add RSS either scraping content using XSLT or PHP, or generate RSS
  • Email Client Friendly HTML emails

Also can do:–

  • PHP & MySql. See Art Shop
  • PostgreSQL
  • MVC architectures
  • Database design
  • XML & XSLT
  • JQuery
  • Web & Search Analytics
  • Flash, including Video and Audio (Sound) Editing
  • Image editing in Photoshop or Fireworks
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Social Media Integration
  • CMS setup: Wordpress, Drupal

And help with:–

Registering your domain name, get your site hosted and I will submit your site to all the major search engines.

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Hire Me

– If you are a web design agency and require a C.V. or Resumé.

What I think a Web Design or Digital agency wants:–
– Regular Communication thoughout the project.
– Deadlines met.
– Requirements met in full.

Please contact me for access


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Web Design Top Tip

What are the benefits of perfect code?

  1. Search Engine robots find it easier to read.
  2. Search Engines robots will perceive your website is of a higher quality.
  3. Your site will be easily translated into other languages.
  4. Your site will be accessible and available to the whole community.

The quality of your website is an important part of Google’s algorithm so you can see that there is a direct correlation between coding errors and loss of revenue.

Your website will have more credibility if it is built to be inclusive.

Talk to me today about tidying your code for spiders, robots and more importantly for everyone.



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What about You?

Well your browser is:- Unknown and is version ?
and you are running a Unknown type operating system.

Your IP address is:- 54.224.187.45

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About Me

– What has Martin been up to?

I have completed 5 years of study and my academic record states that I have a BSc (Honours) in Web Design FIRST CLASS achieved at the University of West of England.university of west of englandBSc (Hons) Web Design
With this degree course I have learnt the very latest techniques and methods to create accessible websites that conform to web standards, are POSH Plain Old Semantic HTML and have SEO Search Engine Optimisationbuilt in from the start:–

Programming

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • XML
  • XSLT
  • E–R Modelling
  • RSS
  • JQuery
  • AJAX
  • JAVA
  • PERL

Design Process

  • Site Objectives
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Information Architecture
  • Cooperative Evaluation
  • Prototyping
  • Site Maps
  • Wire Frames
  • Mood Boards
  • Colour Theory
  • Typography
  • Design Comps
  • Usability

Software

  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Flash
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • In Design
  • Premier Pro
  • Soundbooth
  • Notepad++
  • Oxygen
  • Netbeans
  • MS Office


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Other Design skills include:–

Search Engine Optimization (see my SEO Guide), Web Analytics and Search Analytics


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Web Design Software

I hand code in Notepad++, testing in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer as I go. I also test my code using the W3C validator, WAVE

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  • adobe master suite fireworks logo
  • adobe master suite flash logo
  • adobe master suite potatoeshop logo
  • adobe master suite illustrator logo
  • adobe master suite indesign logo
  • adobe master suite premier pro logo
  • adobe master suite sound booth logo
  • notepad plus plus logo
  • ms office logo

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Web Design Degree BSc(Hons) FIRST CLASS

Average mark over 5 years and 17 modules is over 80%!

Part–time I am doing four (instead of full time 6) web design modules per year and have completed all modules as at June 2013. For each year I got the highest mark in my year for the Web Design degree. (Individual module class sizes range from 20 to 180 pupils)

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My Library of Web Design Books

Recent Additions

PHP objects and patternsPHP Objects and Patterns
by Matt Zandstra

Interaction Design beyond human computer interactionInteraction Design
by Rogers, Sharp and Preece

About Face 3 by Alan CooperAbout Face 3
by Alan Cooper

Projects in Computing and Information SystemsProjects in Computing and Information Systems
by Christian W. Dawson


2010/2011 Buys

Sams teach yourself XMLSams Teach Yourself XML
by Michael Morrison

Jquery novice to ninjaJQuery Novice to Ninja
by Earle Casltedine & Craig Sharkie

Beginning Ajax with PHPAjax with PHP
by Lee Babin

Create Stunning HTML Email that just worksCreate Stunning HTML Email that just works
by Mathew Peterson


Consumerology by Philip GravesConsumerology
by Philip Graves

Design of everyday things  by Donald NormanThe Design of Everyday Things
by Donald Norman

PHP 5 Advanced by Larry UllmanPH5 Advanced
by Larry Ullman

Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell Designing Interfaces
by Jenifer Tidwell

Designing Interactive SystemsDesigning Interactive Systems 2010
by David Benyon

Designing Interactive Systems Designing Interactive Systems 2005
by David Benyon, Phil Turner & Susan Turner

PHP 6 and My SQL 5 by Larry Ullman PHP 6 and My SQL 5
by Larry Ullman


Previously Read in year 2 but still reading

Transcending CSS the fine art of Web Design by Andy Clarke Transcending CSS
by Andy Clarke

Head First PHP and MySQLHead First
PHP & MySQL
by Lynn Beighley & Michael Morrison

Information Architecture by Christina Wodtke Information Architecture
Blueprints for the Web
by Christina Wodtke

Information Architecture by Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld Information Architecture
by Peter Morville & Louis Rosenfeld


Sexy web design by Elliot Jay Stocks Sexy Web Design
by Elliot Jay Stocks


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Previously Read in year 2

Web Programming by Chris Bates Web Programming
by Chris Bates

Java Software Solutions by Lewis and Loftus Java Software Solutions
by Lewis & Loftus

Learning Perl by Randall Schwartz and Tom Christiansen Learning Perl
by Randall Schwartz and Tom Christiansen

Type for the internet and other digital media by Veruschka GotzType for the Internet and other digital media
by Veruschka Götz


Previously Read in year 1

Beautiful Web Design by Jason Beaird Beautiful Web Design
by Jason Beaird

Dont make me think by Steve Krug Dont make me think
by Steve Krug

It Depends by Rune Petterson It Depends
by Rune Petterson

Get into Bed with Google by Jon SmithGet into Bed with Google
by Jon Smith


Visual Language by Robert HornVisual Language
by Robert Horn

Information Design Desk Reference by Christine SevilliaInformation Design Desk Reference
by Christine Sevillia

The Non designers type Book by Robin WilliamsThe Non Designers Type Book
by Robin Williams

The Non designers design Book by Robin WilliamsThe Non Designers Design Book
by Robin Williams


Informatin Anxiety 2 by Richard WurmanInformatin Anxiety
by Richard Wurman

Indesign Classroom in a book by AdobeIndesign Classroom in a book
by Adobe Press

Soundbooth Classroom in a book by AdobeSoundbooth Classroom in a book
by Adobe Press

Premier Pro Classroom in a book by AdobePremier Pro Classroom in a book
by Adobe Press


Photoshop Classroom in a book by AdobePhotoshop Classroom in a book
by Adobe Press

Illustrator Classroom in a book by AdobeIllustrator Classroom in a book
by Adobe Press

CSS Anthology by Rachel AndrewCSS Anthology
by Rachel Andrew

Head First Javascript by MorrisonHead First Javascript
by Morrison


Head First HTML and CSS by Freeman and FreemanHead First HTML and CSS
by Freeman & Freeman


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Read before starting at UWE

Flash 8 by EnglishFlash 8 Training from the Source
by English

Fireworks 8 by ShulzeFireworks 8 Training from the Source
by Shulze

Dreamweaver 8 by PageDreamweaver 8 Training from the Source
by Page

Build your own Standards Compliant Website in Dreamweaver 8 by Rachel AndrewBuild your own Standards Compliant Website in Dreamweaver 8
by Rachel Andrew