Yep, I'm an 80's kid.
Love at first sight.
Millie our kitten is born
The answer is "Yes!"
Family of four
My professional network
Tweeting & chirping
Surveying the woodlands
The early years
Hi, my name is Shaun Dona and I am a web designer. I live and work in Hertfordshire, England. I enjoy creating simple yet engaging imagery that allows me to have fun with colour, shape, layout and typography. I am always on the lookout for inspiration and open to all influences that enable me to develop and refine my own design style. This site provides me with the outlet to grow, experiment and absorb my profession. I hope I can give back as much as I take and inspire people to persevere with their own passion.
What this designer can't live without
In case you’re wondering their are certain things i use as a designer on a daily basis, my toolkit. Lets start with the obvious, a Mac Book Pro 13 inch i7. Yes its a small screen! but the new Mac OS makes it a breeze to use and I always seem to be able to find a larger screen to test stuff.
My Wacom Intuos tablet A4 size (think its a medium now) offers me the flexibility to not be constrained to the unnatural movements a mouse forces on your hand.
Adobe launched all their products online via the creative cloud membership which makes it very handy to grab the applications you need and the ones you might want to try. Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6 and Dreamweaver CS6 are a must for me to get the job done but I do tend to use Crunch (Less.js preprocessor IDE) for my CSS.
MAMP is another must and its hard to think how I survived without it before. Lastly and most importantly my favourite browser, Chrome. Google have made something special here and its truly the way other browsers should operate. The code renders great and the inspector tool is a life saver, if they would just turn into in a fully functioning IDE I would never touch Dreamweaver (sorry Adobe).
The not so daily but truly shape building resources I can't seem to live with out are listed below. These great resources have helped me and kept me wanting to do more:
A Technique for Producing Ideas, James Webb Young
Things just fell into place for me with this one. I think deep down I knew but James Webb Young just opened the door for me.
Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug
This book has become a classic and baseline for anyone getting into usability or brushing up on forgotten knowledge.
Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told Me About the Creative Life, Austin Kleon
This is my newest read and its a great little looking book. Packed full of reassuring tips and tibbits.
I'm a huge fan of Typekit, it lets you have a basic free package and offers some beautiful looking fonts. Easy to handle and if you have an Adobe creative cloud membership gives you the full service to use.
This sites powered by Bastian Allgeier Kirby. An elegant solution for those of us who don't want to use Wordpress or any other over the top CMS. I can't rate this highly enough, a well documented site and a bargain.
I have learnt a lot form the folks over at Smashing Magazine. Too many great articles to list and always relevant.
Truly inspiring freebies crafted with love and care by a very talented developer.
At last web fonts in photoshop! Its free and doesn't get mentioned enough.
Adobe doing what they do best, bringing joy to our hearts. Inspiring selection of colour palettes.
Do you crave for a library of music in excess of 20 million? Rdio has you covered.
Smashing Magazine Newsletter #90
Aug 8, 2013
One of the highlights of the year for me was having an icon set I had created featured on the Smashing Magazine Newsletter 90th edition.
Jun 12, 2013
I was lucky enough to be asked by Mary Lou over at CoDrops to create a 16 piece icon set to be given away for free on their site.
Frontend web designer
London Design Works
July 2013 - Present
April 2011 – July 2013
July 2006 – March 2011