Everyday Designer Article: Freelance to permanent and back again

This post was written 3 years ago.
Mon, 21 Oct 2013
screen grab of everyday designer article by Rick Hurst
Earlier this month I wrote an article for Everyday Designer talking about my experiences about my experience of working as both freelance and permanent web developer.
Tags: freelance / articles /

Left the circus, going to work in the Potato field

This post was written 5 years ago.
Fri, 18 Nov 2011
Potato sign
I've mused a few times on this blog about the relative merits of full-time and freelance and what would convince me to go back into a full-time job, but it's happened. I'm delighted to say that as of December 1st I am a full-time Django Developer, working for Potato, as part of the small (but growing) Bristol team. I've been freelancing full-time for Potato since October and have really been enjoying being part of a specialist team, working on interesting projects for interesting clients, using interesting technologies. I've learned so much in a short space of time working with talented and supportive colleagues, it's been extremely enjoyable and satisfying. So when I was offered a permanent contract I was happy to accept - yesterday I went to London to meet my London-based colleagues and founders, and while I was there I signed a contract.

So other than a few existing freelance odds and ends that need handing over, I'm no longer a freelancer and not taking on any new clients or freelance work with immediate effect. My five years of freelance have been one hell of a ride, with lots of ups and downs, but i'm glad I did it, and proud that I made a success of it. Right now i'm looking forward to seeing what lies ahead in the world of potato!
This post was written 5 years ago, which in internet time is really, really old. This means that what is written above, and the links contained within, may now be obsolete, inaccurate or wildly out of context, so please bear that in mind :)
Tags: freelance / django / potato /

Tate Movie Project

This post was written 6 years ago.
Wed, 06 Oct 2010

Earlier on this year I was fortunate enough to be asked to help the Aardman Digital team out on the companion website for the Tate Movie Project . This was one of the most fun and technically challenging website builds i've worked on. Working as part of the team, along with several other Bristol freelancers, I helped integrate the cakePHP site with wordpress and vanilla Forums. This was also one of the largest site builds i've worked on - multiple flash developers, PHP developers, designers, animators, front end developers and producers, all coordinated by subversion, unfuddle and the biggest wall of printed out screen grabs i've ever seen!
This post was written 6 years ago, which in internet time is really, really old. This means that what is written above, and the links contained within, may now be obsolete, inaccurate or wildly out of context, so please bear that in mind :)