I began my web design career at the age of 14, creating websites on an old PC to briefs I’d made for myself. During work experience week I asked to be placed with the school’s in house graphic designer who let me loose on the college website. At the end of those 5 days I volunteered to go back during lunchtimes to continue the work, which included helping with prospectus layouts and other printed materials.
After school I went into the family business, a letting agency, and created the company website for fun. This quickly led to a realisation that building websites could become a full time job, so I took on more private projects from local businesses and eventually freelanced as a front-end developer for a local property software company and for several different web design agencies.
In the years that followed I returned to my old school as their Website Manager, whilst building up a list of private clients. I remained there for three years before leaving to start a PGCE at Reading University, with the aim of becoming an ICT Teacher. Part way through the course, however, I decided that I would be better suited to training clients rather than children and left to incorporate these new teaching skills into the original web design business. Five years later and Jo Cox Design is still going strong, working with a wide range of clients to provide web design, development, hosting and training.
I’m self taught but continually push myself to learn new skills and expand my knowledge.
As well as building websites I enjoy photography, writing, playing an array of musical instruments (to varying standards), and playing football for a local team.