Hi! My name is Dara, and I like: design, art, history, tea, nice people, squirrels, clean code, and you.

I believe in the magical combination of fun and purpose.

By that, I mean doing something that’s so fulfilling that it feels like play, while also making a real difference in people’s lives.

You see, that’s exactly what web design is for me. My brain loves to solve all sorts of design, coding, and strategic challenges, and in the process, I get to craft online homes for awesome people that express who they are, solve problems, and look awesome and polished across all sorts of devices. Win-win!

I’ve been doing this for a long time — by ‘this’, of course, I mean designing and hand-coding websites, and by ‘a long time’, I mean since 1998 (aka the glorious era of Geocities). I’ve seen lots of web design and development trends come and go, and have a solid understanding of what works and doesn’t work on the web.

Armed with skills in design, front-end development, and critical analysis (hey, that humanities degree did come in handy after all!), I started my career working in-house as a designer and developer at a variety of interesting places including an art gallery and a university, and then worked for over a year as a front-end developer (all code, all the time!) at Jet Cooper, an amazing local user experience agency. All the while, I also enjoyed working with my own clients as a freelancer, and as of March 2013, I officially took the plunge into working for myself full-time.

I like working with all sorts of people, but I especially have a soft spot for creatives, small businesses, and people who love what they do and strive to make a positive impact on others. Does that sound like you? (Or even if it doesn’t exactly, do you think we’d get along great anyway?) Get in touch!

A few more useful details about me

Favourite music: David Bowie, Massive Attack, Björk, St. Vincent, Serge Gainsbourg, Leonard Cohen, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, The Smiths, and Depeche Mode.

Favourite artists: Mucha, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Hiroshige, various Pre-Raphaelites, and Andy Warhol.

Favourite philosophers: Aristotle (because he codified logic), John Stuart Mill (because he was a liberal and a feminist), Nietzsche (because he was just so amazingly angsty), and Charles Fourier (because he prophesied that the oceans would eventually turn to lemonade).