Sam Wood

Designer / Developer

Delivering creative web based applications & services
for desktop & mobile

About Me

Who I am & What I do

Hello, I’m Sam Wood

I’m a web designer and front-end developer located near Bournemouth on the UK’s sunny south coast.

I’m passionate about designing and developing clean and minimal websites for a range of clients and startup businesses. I pride myself on providing rich media interfaces using latest HTML5 and CSS3 markup for desktop and mobile platforms, as well as modern development techniques using jQuery, PHP and MySQL.

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What skills I can offer

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html5 & css3

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javascript

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php & mysql

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photoshop

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SEO

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photography


What I get up to

When I’m not behind a computer making the magic happen, I like to spend my time doing a variety of hobbies

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Dog Walking

One of my favourite ways to unwind and enjoy the beautiful south coast and New Forest National Park is walking with my 9 month year old Golden Retriever, Ollie.

My family has had Golden Retrievers since I can remember and I have been walking them ever since. Our first Retriever was Candie who my parents got just before I was born, followed by a rescue retriever named Raul. Next came Brodie who we raised from a pup but sadly lost last year, with Ollie being the newest member of the household.

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Running

In the last few years I have taken to running around the roads and trails where I live for both fun and fitness. To help motivate myself, I have entered into a few various running events including 5k, 10k and half marathons, most recently being the British Heart Foundation 10k run.

In September 2013, my friend and I decided to take on the extreme obstacle course known as Tough Mudder ...a 12 mile obstacle course which we completed in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. We were electrocuted, dunked, squeezed and frozen in series of 20 army assault course obstacles that tested both my mental and physical limitations ...and I made it!

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Film and Cinema

Ever since my dad took us to the local video shop to hire films out on classic VHS, I have been obsessed with films and cinema. Between my brothers and I, over some years we have collected over a thousand DVD's, some of which I must have seen over 20 times each!

I love going to the cinema and catching the latest blockbusters with family and friends.

Some of my favourite films of all time have to be Braveheart, Despicable Me 2, Forrest Gump, Blow, Wall-E, Se7en and obviously ... Mrs Doubtfire!

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Photography

After deciding to dig deep into our pockets 4 years ago, my brother and I went halfs in buying a Nikon D5100, and haven’t looked back since. Photography has become a real hobby of mine and I love the satisifaction of capturing that really special photo.

Although I have had less time on my hands since undergoing my degree, I would still like to share some of my photos with you.

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World Travel

I promised myself that once I finished my A-Levels, I would travel the world...and that’s exactly what I did. My close friend and I spent 4 months travelling through Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and Los Angeles, making this one of the best experiences of my life.

I loved experiencing things I’d never done, seeing things I’d never seen and meeting people I’d never met. I'm yet to travel to Africa or South America and would love to in the near future with my better half.

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Squash

As far as competitive sport goes, my #1 has got to be squash. I play every week against one of my closest friends at a local sports centre, even dragging myself up at 8am every Saturday morning!

Not being a great lover of a gym, squash is a perfect way of gaining stamina, endurance, reaction and decision making...not to mention keeping the waistline under control!

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Skiing

A final big passion of mine is hitting the slopes skiing. My first taste came on a family holiday back in 2004 for a two week ski holiday to Canada, and since have been another four times to amazing resorts including Cypress Mountain (Canada), Whistler (Canada), Big White (Kelowna – Canada) and Val d’Isère (3 Valleys – France).

I love to challenge myself and skiing is a great way of pushing myself harder to more extreme levels, by taking on some of the hardest pistes and off-piste runs they have to offer. I’ve yet to attempt snowboarding but plan to on my next visit which has been on hold due to pursuing my University degree.

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Services

What I can do for you

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Design

I consider that design forms the core of any website, however big or small. I dedicate time to develop your ideas into a visual concept that will communicate your message and capture your imagination.

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Development

I bring to life designs into working code using modern HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript practices to ensure your site maximises efficiency and communication with your audience.

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Responsive Design

I believe in producing responsive websites focused on content, not device, to make sure your websites content optimises on desktop, mobile and tablet to reach the widest audience possible.

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Logo Design & Branding

I help to transform business ideas into recognisable brands by capturing your identity and creating logo concepts using latest design software.

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Content Management

I ensure that you are able to manage your websites content using either custom and open content management systems, made bespoke to your business needs.

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SEO

With millions of websites on the web, I ensure latest search engine optimisation techniques are applied to boost your rankings to establish your place in a crowded market.

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What I have been up to

Hollybrook Infant School

Website redesign / CMS (Client)

AMERC

Responsive website redesign (Uni)

Competition Winner!

Sam Wood Web Design

Responsive personal website

The Complete Sweep

Logo Design and Website (Client)

Places To Stay

Map API, Ajax & Responsive Concept (Uni)

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CSS3 Animation project (Uni)

Contact

Let's make something awesome together!

Please get in touch by sending me a message using the contact form below