A little about me
I grew up in Brighton, south England, and now live in Kent with my partner. I’m on the wrong side of forty, but apparently life begins there so I’m looking forward to what comes next.
I’ve always been a creative person, and take great pleasure in designing and building things. From Lego in my childhood, miniature painting in my teens, game level design in my twenties, and web-design for most of my career, I’ve always tried to keep my creativity alive. There is nothing quite like seeing your own work come to life before your eyes. It’s intoxicating and immense fun.
I’m a big film fan, I love books, nature, history and art and have a keen interest in ancient civilisations. Any story that involves ancient and fantastical mysteries is right up my street, and in my spare time (what’s that!?) I’m sketching out my own fantasy stories set in a distant world…
I describe myself as a digital designer. Since 1993 I’ve collaborated on hundreds of digital projects, from CD-ROMs, kiosks, apps and websites.
I fell into digital before it was even really a thing. I was lucky to find a career that was creative, experimental and challenging. I’m entirely self taught, both at work and in my spare time, and I wrote a meandering tale of my career history so I don’t forget it all!
Being a reader and lover of books, especially the art of book covers, I’ve recently added book cover design to my repertoire. I’m only doing it every now and then as a small sideline, to keep my artistic skills refreshed. If you’re interested, I have a separate site for that: matthillbookdesign.com
About this website
This is the eleventh version of my personal website, and was launched in December 2017. It’s the culmination of separating out my digital identities that I undertook in 2017. (You can read more about that on my journal site).
I designed the site mainly in the browser, and hand-coded the HTML, CSS and JS in SublimeText. The site runs on the wonderful Craft CMS, and I constantly tweak, improve and change things on a regular basis.
Headings are set in Geomanist, a gorgeous combination of geometric shapes with humanist proportions. Body text is set in Nunito Sans, a contemporary sans-serif text face that’s easy on the eye and very clear at small sizes.