Portrait photo of Andy Parker

I work at Clearleft, a User Experience Consultancy in Brighton, UK. I ride a motorcycle and listen to loud music.

This is my career, there are many like it but this one is mine

For over a decade I have worked on the web focussing on user centered design. I made my first site in 1998. Fortunately, the fate of Tripod means that it is obscured from public view.

I've worked on some interesting projects and some downright dreadful ones, but who hasn't?

Don't finish College - become a musician

Music is my biggest passion. In 2013, after 7 years Here There Be Monsters went into hibernation indefinitely. I was a guitarist in the band for 3 years and co-managed the band and distribution label Black Match Records with life-long friend and illustrator Anthony Giles. We released 2 eps and a live album; all are available for free on bandcamp, toured the UK and Europe and got to share a stage with some of our favourite artists, and some that we didn't like so much.

between 1999 and 2002 I was Sound Engineer, Booker and Promoter at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells. I ran the local talent series Monday Night Showcase for two years, started numerous short lived side projects, collaborated on youth action schemes with the Arts Council and Muzikanski. I went on tour with several UK acts and once got snowed in for an entire weekend with only the contents of the bar, a fan heater for warmth and half a pack of wine gums.

I got to work with some amazing bands and some downright dreadful ones, but who hasn't?

I want to be Valentino Rossi

Take a look at my parents and you wouldn't expect them to have spent the majority of their free time riding motorcycles around the world. I waited too long to get my licence, but finally did in 2011. Any dry minute is spent exploring the south east's country roads on my Honda CBR600.

Some of my earliest biking memories include sitting on Barry Sheen's bike and freezing my little bits off on the Isle of Man for the TT.

I've had some amazing adventures on motorbikes and some downright dreadful ones, but who hasn't?

How I got Street Fighter thumb

Some people go to the pub, others the gym. Whatever you do to shut your brain off and unwind is fine wih me, but I'll pick up a controller every time.

I've been playing computer games since I was a kid whether it was in the arcade, or coin-op conversions like New Zealand Story, Rainbow Island or Chase HQ on the ZX Spectrum. I even taught myself Basic, recreating a terrible port of Space Invaders. Today, I play daily. You can join me on XboxLive:AvangelistXMB or PSN:The_Avangelist.

I've had some amazing kill streaks and some downright dreadful ones, but who hasn't?

Well there you have it

That's a quick summary of what you get with me. If you want to learn more, call me, send me an email, or tweet me, anything rather than staring at this page.