Hey there I'm Ben.
I was born in the 80s and grew up in the 90s. So I drank Panda Pops, rented videos from a shop, and owned more than one shell suit.
I went to a private primary school in Cheadle. My dad got my little brother and I in for half price as he was a teacher there. 😄
The first album I bought was There's Nothing Left to Lose by the Foo Fighters
My secondary education was at Stretford Grammar. I walked through Longford park every morning, and my favourite subjects were music, art and IT.
In the noughties I miss-spent my youth in alternative night clubs, playing in bands, and having stupid hair.
We live in Manchester in the UK, a thriving tech hub and the unofficial capital city in Britain.
I live with my girlfriend, our baby daughter, my three other kids, and our shit zhu Phoebe. 🧔👩👦👦👧👶🐶
Here we are with even more of the family on holiday in Universal Orlando before my daughter was born.
How I became a designer
When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do. To give myself as many options as possible I took Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in college. 🧠
It didn't go well.
After two weeks I knew I'd made a huge mistake. And while I was capable, my heart wasn't in it.
So I picked up some retail work at Maplin Electronics while I figured things out.
It was at that moment, I knew I wanted to be a web designer.
I'd enjoyed messing with computers since I was little. So I used that to start my career in IT. I got a job in a computer shop for a while, then went on to IT support for littlewoods.
At littlewoods I realised there was lots of ways to use art for marketing and for designing websites. It was at that moment, I knew I wanted to be a web designer.
I enrolled right away and studied in the evenings to get my qualifications, and the rest is history.
See what I've done since then on my CV.