Andrew Backhouse

Andrew Backhouse – Web Developer

Elected a Full Member of the Chartered Society of Designers in 2023, I've been voted as as one of the Top 3 Designers locally from 2019-2024

Overview

Hello, I'm an award-winning web designer who has been delivering exceptional website design services to clients in Harrogate, North Yorkshire since 2015. With a fierce dedication to crafting visually stunning and highly effective websites, I consistently deliver web design that gets my clients noticed.


I have been consistently recognised as one of the top three web designers in Harrogate from 2019 to the present (2019-2024). Plus, in 2023, I was elected as a Full Member of The Chartered Society of Designers, further solidifying my status as someone who is quite good at what they do.


Essentially, I am a web designer for writers with their first book out, and their next one on the way.


What I do:


- Bespoke and unique WordPress design

- Hosting set up for your website

- Branding & logo design

- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

- eCommerce so you can sell your book online

- Contact form styling

- Email Newsletter subscriber forms

- Email newsletter design

- Offer a steer on Web Copy

- Offer a steer on 3rd-Party Images

- Social media graphics


What I do not do:


- Social Media adverts

- Pay-per-Click advertising


Beyond my work as a web designer, I am have a passion for the arts. I frequently DJ at bars and clubs in Harrogate and around Yorkshire, and I'm a co-founder of Harrogate Community Radio, where I play an active role in its day-to-day operation.


I have had success in Art Galleries, having exhibited locally and Nationally.


As a published poet, I have made significant contributions to the local literary scene, successfully co-running "Poems, Prose & Pints," a popular poetry night in Harrogate for six years. Currently, I am working on a Nonsense Poetry book, which I have chosen to serialise as a podcast rather than publish traditionally.

Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Design Photography
Fiction
Classics Contemporary Fiction Magical Realism Poetry
Works with
WordPress
Awards
  • Voted "Top 3 Web Designers" for Harrogate in 2019
  • Voted "Top 3 Web Designers" for Harrogate in 2020
  • Voted "Top 3 Web Designers" for Harrogate in 2021
  • Voted "Top 3 Web Designers" for Harrogate in 2023
  • Voted "Top 3 Web Designers" for Harrogate in 2024
  • My client Harrogate Community Radio won the "Best Use Of Tech" in the Stray Ferret Business Awards 2024 - I built their entire tech solution
  • Voted "Top 3 Web Designers" for Harrogate in 2022
Certifications
  • Professional Certificate from The UX Design Institute
  • Full Member of The Chartered Society of Designers
  • A Mensa Challenge Certificate

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2015 — Present

I am an award-winning website designer who has been consistently voted as one of the best designers in our growing town of Harrogate, every year, since 2019 to the present. Also, I was elected as a Full Member of The Chartered Society of Designers in 2023. I use WordPress as the CMS for all of the websites that I create - I do not use templates or pre-made themes in my builds but I create all the sites I make using a Theme builder, backed up by Adobe Creative Suite.

Projects

julianvarley.com

Julian's site; a recent one. I was given free-reign on this. And, admittedly it is a service industry site, but I stand by its design and as a statement of what I can do as a designer.

Julian Varley is a design-loving electrician. Inspired by the Modernist architects of the 20th Century, Julian works as a Bespoke Service. He is now booked up until July as a direct result of the site.

The brief was that Julian was starting his business in a crowded market - there are already a lot of trading electricians in Harrogate & District. Julian needed to have a website that set out his stall and acknowledged his passion for well-designed architecture.

The brief was along the lines of not having a website that looks like an electrician's website. There needed to be finesse and a graceful touch.

rachaelhalliwell.com

"A Playwright, Producer and Theatre Maker. Rachael is a determined Yorkshire lass, a 200% grafter with a passion for Theatre that drives her and is an integral part of her life, written through her like rock. She fiercely believes in its unique and life changing power. Her work has been inspired by iconic women and real life events."

Her mission is to amplify Northern Voices, Female led narrative and drama that is framed through a female gaze.

An Associate Artist with Harrogate Theatre, Rachael is part of the team who curate and put on Theatre productions in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Rachael came to me needing help with her WordPress website - I offered a complete overhaul and stuck to the brief. The idea was I would design stylistic templates for Rachael to populate the site herself. I offered a steer on the site's aesthetics and Rachael is now receiving more enquiries and script commissions because she has a good online presence that shows she is a professional.

The site was designed and built by myself, I have since handed it over and the owner has edited the site themselves.

writerscollective.co.uk

Fiona Georgiou Hunt began the Harrogate Writers Collective in 2021 after moving to North Yorkshire and looking for a writing community to join.

Fiona works as a writer, producer, arts consultant and trustee, who helps companies build commercially sustainable arts programmes.

Starting her career working on large scale stage musicals Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, and Les Misérables.

Since then, Fiona has worked with a range of arts organisations in Australia and the UK including Sydney Opera House, Australian Theatre for Young People, Regional Arts NSW, Family Arts Campaign, The Mercer Gallery, The Script Department and Screen Yorkshire.

The website was designed and built by myself, I have since handed it over and the owner has edited the site themselves.

firstpageproductions.com

First Page Film and Productions create and develop theatre and film scripts, radio, video and TV scripts.

They also produce theatre, films and boutique theatre and film festival events.

First Page Film and Productions are a working creative studio. A professional scriptwriting service, their website needed to show the company's professionalism.

I built their site using WordPress and they were supplied with a all of the easy-to-follow instructional videos concerning the maintenance of their site.

They have since become a returning customer and I am working on a few projects for the owner of First Page Productions. The site was designed and built by myself, I have since handed it over and the owner has edited the site themselves.

aitchcocopy.com

AitchCo Copy is a specialist Copywriter who helps with arts grants and also offers editorial skills for Script-Writing. Press Release writing for creatives is something Fiona does with flair. The site was designed and built by myself, I have since handed it over and the owner has edited the site themselves.

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