About Leon

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Hi, I’m Leon — a web designer, WordPress web developer, Art Director, and founder of Built by Leon. I live and work in North London.

For nearly 20 years I’ve been creating bespoke websites focusing on good typography and user experience.

More recently I’ve been focusing on optimising sites for SEO, Google PageSpeed and accessibility.

I hand code my WordPress themes from the ground up and all the sites I build are mobile-first and work across all major browsers and mobile devices.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing clients including, among others, an international Gin company, a luxury travel consortium, a BAFTA-winning audio post production company and a stately home in Derbyshire.

Previous to that, I worked as an Art Director at TMC USA (for 11 years) where we launched Women’s Golf Journal and Kingdom magazines alongside their digital offerings and various other print titles.

And before all that I received a PGDip in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, London and a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Norwich School of Art*.

* now Norwich University of the Arts

For web I use:
Sketch, HTML5, PHP, SCSS, Javascript, jQuery, GitHub and GitLab, Atom, InVision, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

For print I use:
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Currently reading up on BEM and always keen to learn new ways of working.

I’ve shot The Open, Ryder Cup, Queen’s Club Tennis Championships and a World Swimming Championships.

I also love to visit new countries and cultures and try to capture the ordinary and mundane of daily life, some of which you can see on Instagram. (or below)

I used to swim too much and ride my bike when I can.

If you’d like to know more then please don’t hesitate to contact me.