I'm the son of a sculptor and a Teddy Bear designer. Alas, I was never destined to become a rocket scientist.
I’ve been in the design game for a long time. Most of my life in fact. I started designing on a Sinclair Spectrum as a kid in the early 80′s, using packages which didn’t even allow me to save what I’d created. They had 8 colours. I learnt to dither to simulate more. I created fonts on an 8X8 grid. It beeped. I bought a multichannel sound board. Then it beeped in 4 channels.
I programmed graphics and games and wrote music on 8-bit machines. I worked my way up to the Atari 800 XL - which gave a whole rainbow of colours (256 in fact) to choose from. It also had multichannel sound. I wrote music by programming Basic, created sound envelopes with for/next loops. For a while its capabilities overwhelmed me.
I got over it and bought an Atari ST in 1989. This had 4,096 colours and built in MIDI sockets. It had the GEM operating system – one of the first GUIs. I got a DTP package. I got a word processor. I got an art package. I could save things to floppy disk ! I got a MIDI sequencer. Heck, I even got a dot matrix printer. I produced lavish black and white dotty graphics at University. I produced MIDI music.
Throughout academic and early work, I always became the presentation guy. Whatever means were available from crayons, sugar paper and Spraymount to Vax VMS and laser printer output.
Then one day I heard of this thing called the Internet.
Some facts about Leigh Kenton Howells:
- Web Interface Designer, since 1994.
- Designing electonically since discovering the Basic language 'Draw' command.
- Worked for a dot.com and rode the first bubble of boom and bust
- Specialises in front-end design, accessibility and XHTML/CSS
- Designer of logos, graphic identities
- Creator of animation and video sequences
- Composer of mainly instrumental music in random styles
- Has an MA in Electronic music from York University
- Is very keen in all things photographic
- Collects National Geographic – has a BA in Geography
- Lover of Modern Architecture
- Player and lover of many instruments from piano to ocarina
- Really wants a baby grand piano but will never have the space
- Likes just about anything raspberry flavoured
- Eats many many bananas
- Thinks snorkelling is the best thing ever
- I can swim all day long without stopping
- Passionate about the world of coffee
- Loves modern art, especially if it makes him laugh or go woooo
- Caravaggio is his favourite artist of ‘proper’ paintings
- Adores the graphic works of M.C.Escher
- Really likes alien worlds of Giger, and the surrealism of Dali
- Thinks the music of Jon Hopkins is sublime
- Collects random musical instruments
- Leigh mostly listens to books as he falls asleep reading
- Worked for 3 years in Reading University’s IT department
- Thinks his favourite film would be impossible to decide
- Adores choral music and requiem masses. But also loves trance.
- Has had grey hair since he was 18. But is positive that he still actually has hair
- Has worked as a fund raiser
- Thinks its a shame 'the glass' only has water in it, half full or not
- Can walk quite quickly
- Has a passion for Venice
- Laughed at Twitter at first (Got that wrong then!)
- Never wants to stop learning
Most of what I have ever done has been about the presentation. The substance has often been dubious.