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Moving On

3rd October 2006

Today was my last day at Agenzia, after four very happy years. I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m taking many great memories and lasting friendships away with me.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some dream clients on some fantastic, award-winning websites, and I have learned so much along the way. I will always count my lucky stars that Simon and Lee identified me as a fast learner and promising designer, and that they threw everything at me in that first 12 months. Four years ago I was a flat-HTML kind of guy. I knew little or nothing about CMS, PHP or CSS - and hadn’t even heard of blogging. A year in and these had become my staple tools.

I’m not sure if I’d be a web designer if the Agenzia job hadn’t come my way. Maybe I’d have still been working with bloody artists, or merely dabbling with the web. I’m certain that I wouldn’t have gained such a profile, built websites for record labels and bands, written articles and books or gained such a deep understanding of the design process and professional responsibilities.

My highlights? Building The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things sites; the Libs site being nominated for an NME award; Poptones winning a WSA award two hours after launch; working with the amazing Jon Burgerman, and with Paddy on Project Facade; that Gobsausage gig; hanging out with Alan McGee, The Beta Band, Belle and Sebastian and the mighty Jamie Craven. Shit - that’ll take some beating.

Still, I’m a restless fellow, and I’m moving on to some new challenges. I’ve turned a few things down here and there, but my next step is too good to refuse. I’m not releasing any URLs just yet. I need to get in and get things set up ready for your inevitable scrutiny! Rest assured, I am NOT going anywhere near Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft or Apple - although each of those has my respect (well, except Microsoft) - besides only one has knocked at my door. I’m going to do my own thing, but within an existing, exciting company, and I’ll explain more when I feel it appropriate.

In the meantime, I bid my friends at Agenzia a fond farewell, and thank them for everything. Boys, I’ll see you at the gig - and thank you for the iPod - the modern day carriage clock!

Responses

# JamesM responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Blimey. Now there’s a shocker! I’m intrigued about your future moves, good luck, whatever they may be! So, are Agenzia recruiting!?

# Jamie responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Good luck, all the best and all that.

Another plus is I suppose Agenzia will finally get the new site finished now ;)

# David Hughes responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

So you finally went for that job with the Forestry Commission huh?

Good luck in whatever you do and wherever you are going.  Look forward to reading about it soon.

# Barry Crosby responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Good luck, Simon.

# George responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Congratulations on your move. I look forward to seeing where your talents take you. Good luck!

# Andy Croll responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Good luck Colly.

I’m assuming you’re staying local as there’s no mention of a move.

# Matthew Pennell responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

A respected blogger not going to Yahoo! or full-time freelance?! It just seems so… wrong. ;)

Good luck with whatever it is you’re doing, Colly. :)

# Mark Boulton responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

You don’t need it, but best of luck Colly!

# Kate Bolin responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Congratulations and good luck!

# Stuart Maynard-Keene responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Some highlights there Colly, congratulations and good luck!

# Olly Hodgson responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Oooh, blimey. Best of luck :)

# Simon responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Congrats & good luck, fella!

# Rob Weychert responded on 3rd October 2006 with...

Good luck, sir! I shall look forward to hearing more about what comes next.

# lewro responded on 4th October 2006 with...

Congrats & good luck!
You are a big inspiration for beginners like me. Keep going and tell us all about it!

# Nick Toye responded on 4th October 2006 with...

So that’s two respective designers that I know of who have resisted the big guns.  :)

# Martin Smith responded on 4th October 2006 with...

Best of luck Colly - well deserved!  I’ll hopefully see you for the fireworks soon :)

# Estrup responded on 4th October 2006 with...

Best of luck from Denmark as well!
And
do remember to keep us all updated ...

# Sticky responded on 11th October 2006 with...

I’ll echo everyone above Colly, best of luck in whatever it is you’re doing - I’m sure it’s something that you will throw yourself 100% into. 

Don’t forget about us lot - and make sure you have some more competitions - I could do with winning another one :)

best wishes

# Laura Zucchetti responded on 12th October 2006 with...

Oh my! I was just flicking through my CSS Mastery and thought I’ll go and see what Simon is up to any new posts? And wow, what news! I am intrigued.

Congrats and good luck. I can’t wait to see what you’re doing. :)

# Tom responded on 13th October 2006 with...

Good Luck!! from me too

# Simon Collison responded on 13th October 2006 with...

THANKS EVERYONE!

Sorry it has taken so long to post a reply. I have almost completed my first week in the new role, and it has been on the busy side of quiet! I’ll be able to let you know what I’m up to soon. I’d tell you now (it isn’t anything earth-shattering - only to me), but there are a couple of websites (the webby one and the company one) that need a bit of work before you lot take a look and start scrutinizing!

Jamie: the Agenzia boys are pretty close to getting that new site finished. It is gonna be lovely - finally they’re gonna show off a bit!

David: Ha! yes, but I still long for the trees, the fresh air… the jeep with a Border Collie sat on the passenger seat. One day, when I’ve had enough of pixels.

Laura: There’s good stuff coming for Nottingham, by the way. A friend of mine is organising a webby event soon. Sure we could meet up and get you involved at some stage.

I can tell you all that I will be staying in my beloved Nottingham. The cats won’t let me leave.

# Laura Zucchetti responded on 13th October 2006 with...

Oh, webby event… tell me more!! :D

# Dave responded on 15th October 2006 with...

Best of luck Simon. Hope all goes well for you

# Indian Wedding Cards responded on 15th October 2006 with...

well i don’t know much about you but i read the testimonial of Andy Clarke. Hey nice job and best of luck!!

# chris responded on 16th October 2006 with...

I hope you enjoy your time at Burger King, Simon! :)

# Simon Collison responded on 22nd October 2006 with...

Chris: Burger King? Ha-ha-ha. That made me chuckle…

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