I'm Dean, a freelance Website Designer and Software Developer based in Bude, Cornwall. I specialise in Website Development/Graphics, 3D Graphics/Animation and Mobile Games/App Development.
If you like what you hear? Then feel free to drop me a line about a specific website design and/or graphic design project at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07929019157Email me Phone me
Custom WordPress/Magento Developments. Aswell as Laravel/React/Redux/CSS3 System Developments
No WordPress templates used. Every Website is built from scratch. Custom graphics and icons uniquely designed for you.
Custom built 3D models and textures for interior and/or exterior visualisations.
Holsworthy C of E Primary School is situated in the heart of Holsworthy and graded ‘good’ in all areas by Ofsted.
I was really excited when Tim from Holsworthy CE Primary School approached me to revamp their current branding and website. I have always wanted to produce a modern, fresh and engaging school website from the earliest years of my business so this provided me with the perfect opportunity – I just couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
I began by updating the current branding, giving it a more elevated, professional and refreshed look. This meant changing the branding’s colour scheme, to make it stronger and to place emphasis on the quality and care that their education provides. I decided to use blue tones so that it was welcoming to both genders which was also an important requirement.
For the website, Tim requested the ability to add news articles and pages on the website using a content management system. I decided to go one step further and use a content management system with a page builder called Elementor which provides administrative users with full control of the layout for each page. This was a perfect solution and has allowed Tim to easily create new pages as and when required.
The website needed to be easily found using search engines, have quick page load times and an intuitive user interface on both desktops and mobile devices. The end result produced a website that I really pleased with.>> Visit Website
Caroline from Kitsham Holidays approached me to look at their branding and give it a refreshed look. The aim was to make the branding more appealing to a younger generation customers and to make Kitsham stand out in a very crowded sector. This lead to a new website design, to match the re branding .
The branding produced uses a colourful and relaxing teal/blue colour scheme which appeals to both young and middle aged audiences. The shape of the logo follows a smooth curve effect to give give it a funky feel which you would not typically see associated with a holiday cottage business.
Following on from the style and feel of the branding, I decided to incorporate some bird illustrations to give the design some character and life, to make it bounce and stand out a little more. This has also helped the reader to follow the layout and flow of the new web pages.
Instead of using subtle background colours to separate the different sections, I wanted to further follow the style of the branding by using funky and quirky dashes to separate the sections. This broke one of the design rules of symmetrically, as the lines are not perfectly equal to each other, but this was the right decision for Kitsham as the are trying to appeal to younger generation of couples and families, in addition to their existing customer base.
Adam at Bude Brewery in Cornwall, approached me to produce a unique graphic for a new beer product – Porthbhud. Below are the project’s specifics.
As soon as I was given this brief I went to Barrel Rock with a camera and took some photos. Using these photos, I started drawing Barrel Rock and the surrounding features. However, I soon felt the design was lacking something, so I started sketching an octopus as I could visualise wrapping the creatures legs around Barrel Rock which would fit the brief perfectly.
After that, the look came together really quickly and the end result put a huge smile on the faces of the guys at Bude Brewery. I can’t express how much fun this design was to put together!
Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club were looking to update their existing website. My brief was to make it easier for internal employees to update the site without requiring any prior knowledge of html, whilst also improving the site’s design for use as a marketing tool in attracting more members to the club.
The existing site was outdated and unfriendly to those wanting to view it from their tablet or phone. The website was hard coded and required existing knowledge of HTML and CSS in order to implement changes. With that in mind I refreshed the site, making it easy for staff to update by using WordPress as a CMS platform and of course, ensured it was appealing and easy to navigate on mobiles and all other devices. Whether you are looking for membership prices or tournament results, you will be able to quickly find what you are look for with their new website.
If you’re keen to give golf a go then take a look around their site for yourself.>> Visit Website
I was delighted to be asked again by Displayset – a well established, contemporary, design and build company in Bude , to help realise their vibrant and dynamic vision of a kitchen design for a potential client. It was requested that between 1 and 3 renders need to be rendered.
Renders were carefully planned using reference material provided by Displayset. I also used further image resources, to give me the inspiration required to follow the flow and style of their vision precisely. The modern styling combined with the wood textures was a lot of fun to produce.
As with any new project I like to learn and experiment with new techniques, allowing me to improve the final render and yield better customer feedback at the end of the project. In this particular project I decided to focus on the lighting. I decided to utilise image masks of the trees in the background of the render, this gave immediate realistic results by providing leaf shadows on the back walls of the image.
I am really pleased with the end result, especially with the use of the image masks and with how much that technique improved the visual effect of the final render.
If your looking for a similar visual renders, or would like to set me a new challenge, then feel free to contact me using my contact page to discuss your visual requirements.
I was approached by an anonymous client to produce a series of External Landscape CGI Visualisations for a location in Cornwall. The brief was to showcase the opening gateway to a modern house and display how it could look before development began.
Upon being given the blueprint/architectural measurements, I started modelling the basic shapes of the landscape. This included the positioning of the gate as well as the basic shape of the trees, hedges and stones/grass. As soon as the basic landscape was approved by the client, the finer details were added such as the bump, spec and normal maps for each of the objects.
The last stage involved setting up the objects in such a way that the models closest to the camera displayed more details; this technique is known as adaptive subdivision in the 3D world.
I really enjoyed completing this visualisation project and it was nice to jump back into some 3D landscape work!
With an exciting 3D Project and clear direction, Bude Surfing Experience approached me to help develop and provide impact to their videos intros’ in order to communicate their bold and captivating surfing activities. We decided on a 3D water simulation where you would see water dripping from the logo – similar to how you would see water dripping from a surf board.
We also both decided to implement a splashing effect as soon as the video starts in order to provide more depth and impact. This gave the video intro a real hook, capturing a viewers attention and making it very impactful.
If you are looking for a 3D Designer in Cornwall then free feel to contact me using my contact page to discuss your requirements.>> Visit Website
Jane from The Look Out in Cornwall approached me looking for some 3D Visualisations to display the position and the surrounding environment of the Hut.
Having been provided the architectural drawings and measurements, I was able to produce the 3D models very quickly. Which as a result, allowed me to focus more of my time on producing the 3D visualisations surroundings as realistically as possible.
It’s been some time since I had tackled a 3D project, so it was great to work on something that included a lot of nature and challenging aesthetics within the visualisation.
Update: Currently under appeal – outcome TBA.>> Visit Website
Mark from Bude Tourist Information Centre approached me to develop a bespoke business system to automate the booking process for the Canal Suite meeting room.
My starting point was to document a clear understanding of this projects requirements, which included a visual solution for the application’s branding and the user interface. This was then reviewed by Mark, with subsequent adjustments made based on his feedback.
It was then simply a matter of breaking the project down into weekly sprints, with the purpose of focusing on features that would benefit the users of the system. As soon as each new system feature was developed it was deployed to the live system, allowing users to benefit from the latest features as soon as possible
Overall the project involved setting up the system’s infrastructure, which consisted of:
Built to help automate and monitor online communities mentioning certain keywords in realtime, a bespoke system called Radar, uses the latest technologies in machine learning, natural language processing, laravel combined with VueJS.
The system communicates with a series of Radar scanners (raspberry pi) which load selected websites in a browser, which is controlled via a bespoke plugin that periodically checks for the given keywords.
If a match is found, an alert is sent back to the system. From here, the system will perform some cleaning tasks; such as encoding, filtering out rude words and discarding posts containing duplicates or retweets. The next task is to broadcast the new alert to users logged in. If e-mail alerts have been selected then an email will be sent, notifying the user of the new alert. Similarly, the alert will be sent to the chosen API if the option is selected.
A number of scheduled tasks also run periodically; one of the priority tasks involves performing predictions on whether the alert is interesting based on whether previous alerts of a similar ilk have been marked as interesting. Another task performs sentiment analysis which rates the emotion of the alert to detect whether it is negative or positive. One of the last tasks checks the system performs, is to define whether any of the new alerts are similar to any of the last 100 alerts – this is useful for detecting trends.
* There are a number of tasks which haven’t been mentioned to protect the intelligence of the system
If you’re looking for bespoke systems to automate your business processes, then please feel free to use my contact page here.
As apart of one of my contracts, I was tasked with developing a bespoke project management system allowing internal and external clients to view and update the status of a project at any given time.
The system was built using the very latest technologies at the time of writing this article. These were: React, which is an open-source framework, built by Facebook, for rendering the interface and managing the components; Redux which is another open-source framework for managing the the state of the application and allowing actions to be distributed throughout the system, Socket.IO , another open-source framework that creates and manages a persistent connection between a client and server, yielding real-time interactions between the user and the system.
Another requirement of the system was that it had to interact with another system (also built by me) for executing an internal process. This requirement was achieved by allowing both systems to talk to each other using APIs.
Furthermore, Bitbucket was used throughout the project, so that a log of each iteration with the system could be recorded and the repository could be cloned for use by additional developers as the system expands. Lastly, Webpack was used so that resources and assets could be compressed and various other scripts executed upon compiling for live production.
If your looking for a bespoke software solution then feel free to contact me with your requirements by going to this page.