About

Hello. My name is John Hughes and I am a web developer living in York in the UK. This is my personal site where I write about web design and development and anything else I find interesting. It is also where I experiment with new design ideas and code. I probably update the code more than I update the content, so expect frequent changes and more than a few rough edges.

I work at Castlegate IT, a friendly web design and development company in the middle of York. I am pretty good with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but I also get involved in everything from design to WordPress development to server administration. I care about web standards, accessibility, and open technologies and I always enjoy learning new things. I used to describe myself as self-taught, but really I have learned from lots of great developers here and elsewhere on the web.

Before I stumbled into a career in web development, I was a plant scientist and ecologist and I am still interested in the environment and all things biological. If you are really interested in my scientific exploits, you can read my published work here, here, here, and here. More than anything else, my abrupt change of career has taught me that restarting a router is much more highly valued than any amount of work on climate change. I also worked on a sheep farm in Wales, where there were no routers or science, but lots and lots of climate.

If you have a question or comment about the site, please get in touch. You can also find me on GitHub and Twitter.