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Creative Digital & Freelance Website Design Solutions

For corporate and self-published authors
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."

Welcome to my personal website!

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

For privacy and ethical reasons, I am not on social media. Instead, find out more about the real me by connecting the old fashioned way - by phone, text 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 at Tintagel in Nelson NZ.

Simon Owen

Comix as movies

Oh boy, I'm excited. My favorite graphic novel, Watchmen, is currently in production as a full length animated feature. See the just released trailer here...

Kings of Rugby

I'm just about to send the latest 'collectors edition' of Paul Verdon's Kings of Rugby to the printers. This is a 256 page commemorative book on the famous 1959 Lions Tour of New...

Life immitating (commercial) Art

The Nelson Lakes proved to be a winning location for the front cover image of the latest CCH New Zealand Updating Services catalogue.With my busy studio now based in the beautiful South Island...

finding my sealegs

Sealegs International Limited Vice President of Sales – North America - has given Envisage Design the responsibility of tailoring various overseas marketing collateral.A long-time follower (and shareholder) in Sealegs, let's just say that...

hard day at the office

Being a freelancer in Nelson is the best. There is just SO much to see and do outside of the office. Today I took a ride to the top of the Barnicote Range...

designing for the community

I'm lending my design services to many worthwhile conferences that involve our communities. They include:The Professional Association for Gifted EducationPerioperative Nurses College of NZNOAlzheimers New ZealandThe Australian & New Zealand Burn AssociationHave a...

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Founder & Chairman,The Climate Reality Project