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Simon Barnett

I'm Simon Barnett - freelance web designer and front end developer – ready to build you a website, add to, or change something on your existing site.

Bio for Simon Barnett

I’ve been exploring code and graphics since age 10 (starting with the Apple ][). There was a long stint in design-for-print starting in 1995, a little writing for TechRepublic, and even some repair / small-business IT / tech support. I've been building websites since 2002.

Exploring, problem solving, organising information and clean design are things I’m good at. The ever-changing world-wide-web is where I enjoy exercising these skills.

Languages and Software

HTMLCSSPHPJavaScript / JQueryWordPressGenesis FrameworkDynamik Website BuilderAdobe PhotoshopIllustrator andInDesign

Simon Barnett's Background

Simon Barnett's Experience

Web Developer at Michel Le Sueur - Fine Art Photography

October 2012 - November 2012

Michel le Sueur designed the look / front-end of the website and ordering system. It had to be exact (no template-based solutions), so I hand-coded it in html, css, php and MySQL. I created and programmed the ordering system to generate an ordering page for each of the 300 photographs. The 40 galleries access two MySQL databases to reference the photos used and their sizes and positions on the pages, so this serves as a content management system for the galleries.

DTP / Design / Finished Art at Ince (Pty) Ltd

2012 - 2012

Typesetting, Layout, Design, Finished Art, Retouching

Freelance finished art: MyCiti bus signage at Switch Branding and Design

October 2011 - November 2011

Set up generic master bus-stop templates for individual routes. Transpose all Cape Town bus time-tables from Microsoft Excel spreadsheet data to InDesign layout. Process included vector graphics for bleed considerations. Perform finished artwork checks to make documents repro-ready.

Finished Art, Layout and Typesetting at Fizzee

May 2011 - July 2011

FIFA 2010 Green Goal Legacy Report Together with a small team we completed a complicated technical report for international circulation in June 2011. The standard of the report had to improve on the design and standards of the host country of the previous World Cup, in this case Germany. Despite a complete redesign at the point of completion, and another half-redesign shortly thereafter the project was completed with much praise from the mayor and City of Cape Town. I continue to help out at Fizzee from time to time (as iSimon) in various roles ranging from website coding to system installations.

Professional Artworker and Publisher at SimbaSounds

June 2010 - July 2011

Apple since 1979 Mac and DTP since 1984 Printing industry since 1995 Online and web since 1999 Social Media since 2009 Strengths: Photoshop / Lightroom, Mac Windows and some Linux IT, design, DTP, research, journalism.

DTP and IT at LVG Maths

2011 - 2011


Finished Art and Design at Switch Branding and Design

January 2007 - June 2007

Freelance: Mainly finished art and design of collateral elements for South African Parliament new logo brand manual, Wellness Warehouse brand manual, FIFA 2010 stationery and collateral. Parliament Brand Manual portfolio extract: Wellness Warehouse portfolio extract:

DTP Trainer, IT Administrator, Designer at MacTrain Multimedia College

January 2001 - January 2003

Also from 1993 - 1994. This was my parent's business, teaching desktop publishing and graphic design (taken over from Austen Ellis Art School), where I honed my skills by diving in the deep end as a trainer in 1993 before heading for London for some hands-on in 1994 - 2001.

Desktop Publishing / Finished Art at Williams Lea

1995 - 1997

Desktop Publishing / Finished Art / Design / IT

Junior Overlord of Paddle Repair Division at Database Computers

1982 - 1983

actually maybe i was younger but i was 10 or 12 or something and it was my daddys company and i fixed the dials on the games paddles and then afterwards we saw star wars and then he bought me an ice cream and then we went to the beach with the dogs and then we went home the end

Junior Overlord of Paddle Repair Division at Database Computers

1982 - 1983

Part-time job repairing computer components.

Junior Overlord of Paddle Repair Division at Database Computers

1982 - 1983

Fixed Apple ][ game paddles (age 12)

iSimon at iSimon

January 2011

Personalised Computer Support and DTP Services Computer services personalised and tailored to your needs: o Help / Support o Repairs o Design / Web Design / Desktop Publishing Apple Mac / Google services / Microsoft Office / Windows / Adobe Creative Suite I'm currently supporting a client-base (with varying degree of activity) of about 25 companies and individuals on a contract, freelance or call-out basis.

Simon Barnett's Education

Tertiary College

1989 – 1991

2-year Diploma (Full-Time)

Abbotts College

1987 – 1988


Concentration: Schooling


1985 – 1987

School subject

Concentration: Computer science


1983 – 1987

Std 9

Concentration: Schooling

Diocesan College

1983 – 1987

Std 9

Concentration: Schooling

Waldorf Constantia

1980 – 1983

Std 6

Concentration: Schooling

Austin Ellis

Simon Barnett's Interests & Activities

Music production, Mac and web coding

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