Mark built his first website while working at an Egyptian windsurfing centre in 2005. Having to do everything on a slow 3G connection proved a useful training ground for developing on today’s increasingly mobile web.
Before Clearleft, Mark worked at Chichester based Strawberry Soup, and later VGroup. After a period of freelancing, including work for Dogwoof and Gumtree, Mark joined Clearleft in 2012.
At Clearleft, Mark has brought his front-end development skills to projects for Family Investments and Channel 4, and is currently developing a site for a personalised travel service.
Mark has developed a number of responsive websites, and enjoys the resulting collaboration with designers this entails. He also interested in CSS pre-processors, and has contributed a set of mix-ins for the popular LESS language.
Mark describes himself as a general web tinkerer, and has initiated a number of open source projects (and contributed to others) on Github. Recognising a need for more data-driven prototyping tools, Mark developed Prontotype, a server-side framework that allows you quickly build linked, multi-page prototypes with realistic URLs. He also helps with the development of a browser plugin for Gmail called ActiveInbox that has a community of passionate users around the world.
Away from the office
Mark used to windsurf a lot but now he mostly just runs a lot; you will often find Mark running across the South Downs, recharging after hours in front of the computer. Mark also enjoys baking bread, but is more often chasing after his children.
Responsive Design on a Budget 16th Jan 2013
Performance considerations in responsive design should be a holistic part of the shaping of a site, right from the initial UX work. Using the concept of a 'size budget' can help avoid making it just a development issue that gets tacked on at the end.