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John Kavanagh

Web Design & Development, App Development, e-Commerce

Who I am

Based in Fiveways in Brighton, and often found working either remotely or in London, John Kavanagh is a freelance web developer.

He is an innovative and enthusiastic web-development specialist, an early adopter and tech-lead who uses React, JavaScript, CSS and HTML to develop innovative and strategic solutions to online problems, and to design and implement beautiful, accessible websites.

What I do

With over nineteen years of hands-on web development experience (the past twelve as a contractor), and a strong background in computer science and software engineering, John is an extremely versatile web-development specialist. His experience means that he is intimately familiar with the different needs and expectations of clients: he is just as happy and comfortable talking casually to you over Zoom as he is digging out a suit and meeting with broadcasting or banking execs in the city.

As an advocate of fundamentally well-engineered, maintainable, and scalable front-end code, John delivers carefully-crafted, semantic and intuitive websites and SPAs using React, JavaScript (or TypeScript), HTML and CSS.

Who I do it for

Clients big and small!

John's previous work includes well-known companies and brands like the BBC and HSBC, but his passion lies in helping much smaller and local outfits find their feet on the web, and get their voices heard.

Recent projects include six months consulting with Microsoft, a year helping refactor and rebuild large portions of the Selfridges website, the two years prior to that leading a team of developers doing much the same for John Lewis. Prior to that he ran a team of UI developers rebuilding the HSBC commercial banking platform, rebuilt the BBC home page (which subsequently won the Design Museum 'Designs of the Year' Award), and gave the London 2012 mascots - Wenlock and Mandeville - a social networking home built with Cisco.

Other recent projects have included setting up a local food truck's social media presence so that customers could find them, optimising the website and e-commerce platform for Brighton's last independent milkman, and helping a local band connect with their fans through lockdown.