Hi there, I’m Steve McKinney, a designer. I focus on visual and user experience design. I have over 7 years experience working with a variety of companies, from new to long established brands. I work with great attention to detail, understanding the problem and results which are needed.
Where I started
If I remember correctly, we were introduced to Microsoft Frontpage in secondary school. I guess I enjoyed the class and started messing around with Frontpage in my spare time. Eventually I discovered Photoshop, after lots of perseverance, trying to download it—the pain of slow internet is something I clearly remember. In turn, I taught myself to design and code websites.
I have learnt so much through the years, from typography, visual hierarchy and colour to user testing, CSS and Wordpress. It wasn’t apparent until University that it was a viable career path, never mind, all differing roles for making a website.
I’ve always had more of an independent mindset, if ever I had a problem, I’d find a way round it. That’s how you learn, through a bit of struggling, endless tinkering and Googling. It’s one of the best things about learning web related topics. The amount of information out there is endless.
After far too many years, I finally realised, I should do the same: write and share my knowledge. Which I started writing regularly at my blog iamsteve.me. I’m not the only one solving these problems, but If I can help save time, that’s hugely valuable.
It was through writing my blog that I realised I should focus on what I’m best at, design and CSS. With the two I can effectively communicate my ideas.
At one point I used to combine both my blog and portfolio together. As I’m a big believer in a narrowed focus and a website that tries to succeed as both a blog and portfolio will always fall short. This website serves as my portfolio, I’ll use here to keep more recent projects and use behance to serve as an archive as I add more work.