I trained as a teacher. I worked in the English faculty of a Chinese university and set about teaching myself the fundamentals of visual identity and branding – the international language of screaming – in my downtime.
My passion for self-improvement continues and I am studying towards a degree in Photography, on a correspondence course. Photography is a passion, as is podcasting. I host a few podcasts which in turn are syndicated to global radio brands.
I am part of the Backhouse / Morgan Marriage Experiment with Kathryn – it started 10 years ago and it will keep going indefinitely. She is a great gal! We live in the centre of Harrogate and we enjoy our group of friends and seeking new experiences.
My Design Process
Designing a website, no matter how big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. To better help you understand what to expect during the design and development, here’s my process in 3 steps:
Most design agencies shoot off and start prototyping. I take time to listen to what you need and what you hope your online presence will become.
Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with the designing all site pages and implementing all functionality and plugins.
Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and we can make detailed edits until the site is ready for launch. I am available for maintenance too.
An Environmentally Friendly Web Designer
How am I becoming an environmentally friendly web designer? Environmental Sustainability in web design is a bit of a dark topic – it is more about what the individual can do to limit their impact and the impact of Digital Culture with the means given to them. Web Design is a dirty industry, after all. But, what is Andrew Backhouse Design doing to become a green web designer and a sustainable web and graphic designer at that.
Environmental sustainability is a hot topic – and moving forward, one that I hope to tackle as a designer. Working in Digital Culture, my hands are pretty much tied to the methods and technologies available – it is a price driven, cut-throat industry and stating your green credentials is not an easy task.
An Environmentally Friendly Web Designer In Harrogate
For a start, I am a member of Tree Nation. Tree-Nation use technology to make tree planting easy. Since their inception in 2006, more than 130,000 users and +2,200 companies have planted 5 million trees using our platform. They are a non-profit organisation currently offering more than 50 reforestation projects. Join us on our mission to reforest the world and fight climate change! To see my credentials please see the icon in the footer of this website on every page of this website.
A Green Web Designer In Harrogate
To start my pitch – I will say that I work from home and that I am in charge of the electricity that is used to power my home office. I use a 100% renewable source of electricity. The servers that I use to host the websites are run by Eco Web Hosting. Eco Web Hosting are at the green end of the spectrum when it comes to environmentally responsible hosting. They have a reforestation campaign and they use energy efficient hardware which further minimises impact.
I work remotely from my client, meaning that there is no overland commute. When I do have to make a journey, I always use public transport or I walk to my appointment (if my appointment is in Harrogate).
I run a paperless office and have advanced personal eco-practices. I really am trying to limit my impact on our planet, so that there is still a wide Biodiversity for future generations to appreciate.
Do You Want An Environmentally Friendly Designer?
So, we have established that Digital Culture is a pretty dirty industry – Servers are massive polluters; take Bitcoin for example. The currency had the same power consumption in 2018 as the whole of Switzerland – that is a virtual currency that runs on servers. It is a global crisis. There is no Planet B.
Andrew Backhouse Design is trying to limit their environmental impact by using Green Practices (professionally and personally) that will enable you to have a website with a Green conscience. Get in contact if you want to talk more about my pledge.