3rd October, 2006

Moving On

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!

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