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Digital Freelance & Website Design Solutions

For corporate and self-published authors
Web pasges designed and deployed using WordPress
Making sense of complex information
Themes for Corporate & Academic Events
For various artisan FMG food & beverages

"If you don't take risks, you will always work for someone who does"

Simon Owen New Zealand

Welcome to my personal website!

This site is a design and layout experiment - it's not perfect (like my Nelson Graphic Design Studio website), but it's fun! This place lets me try out some cool web design techniques in my own personal space on the interwebs.

For privacy and ethical reasons, you will not find me on social media. Instead, find out more about the real me by connecting the old fashioned way – phone, text, fax (kidding) or email.

It is a pleasure having you here. Read some old-school blog archives, learn about my freelance design career, or visit my full-time creative design studio based at Tintagel in Nelson NZ.


Visit my studio

I have been full-time freelancing since 1994. My celebrated digital design studio is located in central Nelson at Tintagel House.

tintagel nelson


And welcome to my blog. This site will be a depository for my ideas, thoughts and trends in all things I dare to deem commercial, creative and worth investigation. That is not to...

A very palatable client

I'm over the moon to have just picked up Cloudy Bay as a new client.The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley. It was named...

3D Dragon: video and download This is a really cool optical illusion! Have a look at the video above (only 38 sec), and then download a dragon of your colour choice below and try it for yourself....

You are a Legend Paul Verdon!

The Legends of World Rugby collectors edition book is now available in New Zealand.This remarkable limited edition book has been signed by 75 of the worlds best players from the armature era and...

My 1970’s Odd Rod’s sticker collection! These are a bunch of really cool stickers that I collected back in the 1970's. Retouched in Photoshop CS3 circa 2008. Edited and put to a rocking track by the Subways for...

Student animations from 1990

Back in the day, the Amiga 2000 was used to create broadcast graphics at TVNZ. As a graduate design student in 1990, I created an odd collection of animations, some of which were...

“The reality we now face implores us to act.”

Founder & Chairman,The Climate Reality Project