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Steve Balance

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Studio 210 –

Steve Balance – Code Is Art

I’m a Freelance Programmer/Web Developer who has been working with the internet & programming since 1998 (a long time!).

After leaving school, I trained in Psychiatric Nursing which I did for 8 long years, until I decided in 1998 I needed a change of career. I studied for a Beng in Multimedia Systems(hons) at Napier University, Edinburgh where my Thesis was on Web based Virtual Environments. Worked for the Graphics & Multimedia Resource Centre at The University of Edinburgh as well as for the Edinburgh Virtual Environment Centre (EDVEC) where I did 3D programming for a haptics based interface in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art. I then went on to do a funded Msc in Interactive Multimedia at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh then a Phd in Mobile Agents.

My main work comes from long term relationships with various digital agencies in Manchester, Scotland & the Netherlands, although my work has taken me to working on projects in such far flung places as Marrakech, Morocco for a 6 month stint!

I also do oodles of web sites for individual clients on a freelance basis, mainly for independent businesses and start-ups.

I specialise in mainly Back-end programming using PHP, Ruby and Python. I do Front-end development for CMS systems such as the WordPress and Magento platforms and bespoke Theme development and custom plugins, where off the shelf solutions can’t be easily found.

Certified PHP developer with skills in MySQL, Perl, Apache, Linux, .NET / C#, Cocoa,Coldfusion.

WordPress intallation, theme modification, troubleshooting and development

Concrete5, CMSMS, Joomla, OS-Commerce, OSCMax, ZenCart.

Qualified Software Engineer with 14 years experience in MVC, Database optimization, server clustering, Virtualization and AWS EC2, S3 support, KVM, ESXi

I also do Salesforce integrations. My favorite environment is PHP, Nginx/Apache, Postgres, Symphony2, Composer.

I’m also sometimes contracted to do Penetration Testing/Ethical Hacking for various financial and health organisations which is in reality, simply testing web applications for exploits and making recommendation to keep data secure.

I’m on of those people who luckily has an appreciation for the Visual side of things combined with the technical aspects of web programming. – under development.


Grizzly Bear Design & SEO

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Grizzly Bear Design is a small creative agency based in Manchester, and was formed in 2015 by Adam Costello and Alex Jones. The two like-minded creatives came together to help other creative businesses with branding, website design, digital marketing and print marketing.

Since the business was launched, the Grizzly Bear team has designed branding identities for more than 50 creative businesses and individuals, and designed just as many websites. Grizzly Bear Design looks after the branding and marketing of several of the UKs most successful and award-winning photographers.

Our work has resulted in some amazing feedback and reviews, and we are devoted to cutting-edge design as well as outstanding customer service. Additionally, the Grizzly Bear team have recently been nominated for several awards ourselves, including UK Digital Start-up of the year and Best Manchester Agency.

We truly love what we do, we love working with our clients and want to form on-going and successful business relationships.

Call the studio:  0161 408 3225


Monday, August 15th, 2016

Founded in 2010 and based in a Grade 2 listed Mill, ATMEDIA specialises in innovative, creative and robust web solutions, tailored to your exact needs.

We are a team of digital geeks from all backgrounds, each bringing a unique flavour of inspiration and delivering exciting ideas to maximise your brands potential. We love what we do and this shows through our clients work.

As an independent agency our clients are at the heart of each project, dealing directly with our core team and freely sharing thoughts, ideas and suggestions throughout every stage of the project.

As a digital agency we also cover a range of traditional services such as copy writing, product photography, branding and newsletter design.

Contact us now for a quote on how to unleash your brands potential.

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Manchester M4 7JA
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