About

Martin Hughes
Designer

I am a dedicated user experience and product designer who continually strives to improve all aspects of my work. I learn quickly and, I am a self-starter who works well individually or as part of a team. I ensure tasks are achieved on time and to a high standard.

As a designer for the past ten years, I have expert knowledge of design principles and graphics applications such as Sketch, Illustrator, Photoshop and Balsamic.

I have a strong working knowledge of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. My experience in completing many varied projects over the years with different types of businesses has helped enhance my technical skills.

I have excellent written, speaking and presentation skills and feel comfortable working with people from different backgrounds and varying levels of expertise when working with a number of international clients.

Throughout my career I have been a part of many of multidisciplinary teams, working well project to project. I have learned to enjoy managing multiple projects with different technologies and skills required.

My ten years of professional design experience, technical skills, learning, listening and collective knowledge of a wide variety of computer-based design topics makes me the ideal candidate for many roles.



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Martin Hughes, a web designer, and developer. I love to create interesting websites that work for my clients. Currently, I most enjoy working on front-end design and development coding HTML with CSS. My clients have mainly been small to medium-sized businesses. Today I work from offices in Omagh and Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Specialties

  • User Experience Design
  • UX/UI designer
  • Website Design
  • Front-end design / development
  • CSS3
  • HTML5
  • WordPress
  • PSD to CSS / HTML
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Website Reviews

Experience

  • Content Management Systems
  • Javascript
  • Online Marketing
  • E-Mail Marketing
  • Pay Per Click Advertising
  • Branding and Print Design
  • Domain Names, Hosting and E-Mail

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Technical Skills:

Web: Design, CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, ASP, SEO, cross-browser testing, GitHub, Chrome web developer tools, Firebug, ColorZilla, YSlow, FileZilla, and Dreamweaver.
User Testing, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, User Interface Design and Mobile/Responsive Design.

Graphics: Adobe CC, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, XD, Acrobat, Extension Manager, Fireworks, Premiere Pro, 3DS MAX, pen/paper wireframing, prototyping and PDFs.
Understands the principles of good design, typography, photography, illustration, colour and design.

eCommerce: WordPress, WooCommerce, OpenCart, Magento, ekmPowershop and PayPal.

Frameworks/CMS: WordPress, ExpressionEngine, Bootstrap, Foundation, and Perch.
Other Tools: MS Office Suite, Office 365, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Gmail, Google Apps, Dropbox, MailChimp, and Skype.


Current ongoing training / Learning

Online courses in UX/UI, web design/web development, Treehouse, Lynda.com, Google Digital Garage, and Facebook Blueprint: Online Training for Advertising.


Education

In 2008 I completed the Invest Northern Ireland start a business programme for my website design business.

I first learned to build websites in 2001 for IT A Levels at South West College in Dungannon. I’ve been working professionally making websites full-time since mid-2007.

From 2003 – 2007 I studied and graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast with a Bachelor of Science Hons in Interactive Multimedia Design.

Outside of work, I enjoy Karate Wadō-ryū (和道流) and I’m working on achieving a black belt with Northern Ireland Association Karate-do Wado-kai.

BSc (Hons) Interactive Multimedia Design, with Diploma in Industrial Studies.
University of Ulster, Belfast. Dates: September 2003 – June 2007.
This four-year course developed my technical skills, including Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop, as well as hand coding PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. I continually practised the skills I learned in lectures by developing an online course portfolio. Assignments encouraged me to work as part of a team to solve coding and design problems.
I developed a strong awareness of design principles, with classes covering concepts such as typography, colour theory, and grid spacing. The course included a one-year placement, which helped me put the web theory into practice.

Three A Levels: Art and Design, Advanced ICT (Double Award)
South West College, Dungannon. Dates: September 2001 – June 2003.

Seven GCSEs including: English, Maths, Science and Art and Design.
Integrated College, Dungannon. Dates: September 1996 – June 2001


Testimonials

“I have known Martin for a few years and the one thing that separates Martin from the rest of the website experts that I have encountered is that he knows what he is talking about and can do what he promises. This is a very rare thing.”

– Colm, E-commerce.


“Many thanks for your endeavors on the site Martin you were always helpful, courteous and efficient from concept design to finished project and instilled in us the utmost confidence that we would receive the top class product which you have delivered. We are very happy with it and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone”.

– Niall, Construction Industry.


“Martin quickly developed a very intuitive understanding of what I wanted from the website design, from a very vague brief I gave him. He also pushed me further on, bring a lot of invaluable ideas and concepts that I would never have thought of. He made the whole design and specification appear very straightforward, and importantly, didn’t blind me with jargon. This is the mark of a true professional, and a rare skill to possess! I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.”

— Maura, Tourism Industry, County Tyrone


“Martin is a strong, dedicated and creative designer always ready to put all his energy and stamina to get the job done. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value.”

— Peter Doak, Digital Marketing


“We have worked with Martin for two website projects so far, each time he has delivered and we have been pleased. We hope to work with Martin again in the near future.”

— Liam McStravick, Consulting, Belfast

“Martin is a good listener and takes the time to understand the client. His background research means that he can offer useful insights and ideas to the project. He makes changes willingly and the end result is always a professional site optimised for maximum potential.”

— Alan Rodgers, Advanced Medical Supplies, Ballymena, County Antrim

“Our website is really easy to use, customer feedback has been great and it is helping us win new work.”

— Anne Coyle, Recon Waste Management, Portadown, County Armagh

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