Duck Whistle logo and landscape
Duck Whistle is the label for my self-employed freelance activities, working for local businesses and community groups in Greater Manchester and Calderdale, West Yorkshire. See below for examples of my past projects and news. I will be taking a sabbatical from November 2015 to work pretty much full-time at The University of Manchester. […]


JTE Plant Hire top section
JTE Earthworks and Plant Hire. A short job refreshing this small business’s single page website. The new site features a scrolling page using the Highlights template by HTML5 UP. Each section has an image that appears in the background either side of the central text column on large displays; the […]

JTE Earthworks and Plant Hire, site redesign

Tube map of business databases
Outside of Duck Whistle, I have been doing the following roles. Working as a Data Specialist in The University of Manchester Library (see the Business Research Plus blog and Library Research Plus blog) Working as a Research Assistant at Alliance Manchester Business School (see the Phil Reed Data blog) In […]

Development highlights, 2013 to 2016

The Vegan Approach on iPad
I was asked to convert an existing static website to a dynamic WordPress one. The Vegan Approach had been built in the design tools provided by its hosting company which were difficult to use and slow. I ported the content and a close replica of the design into a new […]

‘The Vegan Approach’ ported to WordPress

Celebrate programme spread 2015
Pages of the programme for the Celebrate Festival 2015 laid out in a spread.  Download the complete Celebrate Festival programme 2015 [PDF, 1.4MB]

Celebrate Festival programme 2015

Tom Hingley Music, Bitter and Band 2014
Once again, I was asked to redesign the website for Tom Hingley Music. This time I build the website in WordPress, taking advantage of discussions on every page and other plugins.

Tom Hingley music, bitter and band

Soap Pod on an iPad
Soap Pod was  an audio soap opera, created by young people in Rochdale.  It was written and directed by young people in Rochdale youth clubs, and performed by professional actors. I added a new page and custom theme to their existing WordPress site which included native HTML5 audio players (with Flash fall-backs), […]

Soap Pod 2013

Page from Tell Us Another One website
A redesign on an existing website about creative writing with Greater Manchester communities. This site has a responsive design where the header stays at the top of the screen and the footer at the bottom when scrolling, unless the user’s screen is too short or narrow, in which case a […]

Tell Us Another One

Poster for ‘WRYOA is 30!’ launch event
I devised and led a 16-week series of workshops with Whalley Range Youth Opportunities Association looking at the group and the area’s history. We had sessions on researching, photography, writing and desktop publishing. Finally, we produced the WRYOA is 30! magazine [PDF, 4.4MB] which launched at the event illustrated below.

WRYOA is 30! Magazine and launch poster

Map page from Connect2Poetry website
Part of the Tell Us Another One website, the Connect2Poetry website shows an interactive map of poetry plaques around Rochdale and invites visitors to download the Connect2Poetry app to find a plaque and write a poem there, to be shared back on the website. The 43 plaques are on walking […]