About

Me in a toilet looking at the he-man wallpaper, Becky and I on the beach wearing sunglasses in summer. Becky and I smiling against a brick wall.

Me

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. πŸ˜„

The first album I bought was There's Nothing Left to Lose by the Foo Fighters

Trivia

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.

My Family

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. πŸ§”πŸ‘©πŸ‘¦πŸ‘¦πŸ‘§πŸ‘ΆπŸΆ

Here we are with even more of the family on holiday in Universal Orlando before my daughter was born.

My family posing in front of the Universal globe in Orlando, Florida.

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.

What I'm Listening To