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Ride a Wave is the online portfolio of Manchester based Freelance Web Designer & Illustrator Robbie Douglas.

Thank you for visiting my site, I am a freelance web designer & illustrator based in Manchester. I studied Animation at University and have since focused on developing my skills as a Graphic and Web Designer.

I have been working as a freelance web designer in Manchester since July 2012 and have three years experience working for various web agencies prior to that. For my work I mainly use HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Wordpress, PHP, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

If you are looking for a friendly, reliable, professional freelancer to work with then get in touch.

Freelance services I offer

Website Design: Web design with a personal approach

I pride myself on my communication with clients delivering them the best website for their needs.

I use my years of web design experience to make eye catching, professional websites to suitably reflect my clients business.

I have been working as a freelance web designer in Manchester since July 2012 and have three years commercial experience prior to working freelance. For my web design work I mainly use HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, PHP, Wordpress, Photoshop and Illustrator. I code my websites to be responsive, adapt to the platform they are being viewed on and comply with the latest web standards.

If you have any questions about web design services I offer then click here to send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Graphic Design: Logos, business cards, flyers, you name it!

I come from a design background and have a huge amount of graphic design experience to bring to my clients.

I use Photoshop and Illustrator for my graphic work which includes logo design, company branding, banners, posters, leaflets, business cards and much more.

Illustration: I create illustrations for all sorts of requirements

My illustration work is very diverse ranging from cartoon style to realistically shaded drawings. I often hand draw my initial illustrations before using a Illustrator and Photoshop to give them a professional look.

Take a look at my freelance illustration portfolio and feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.

Animation: Animated videos, banners and css transitions

I studied animation at University and keep up to date with modern animation techniques and ways of implementing them into websites.

Please view my animation portfolio to view all make from from University to more recent projects.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO): want to be found on Google?

I can offer advanced SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for your website, I aim for sites I work on to be found organically as high in the search engine rankings as possible.

I can also assist in setting up social media pages to help market your website to help you reach a wider audience.

Domain registration and website hosting

I can register your domain names and host your website. I can also set up email addresses for you and design html email templates to give your outbound emails a more professional feel to them

Web Design

I am a reliable, hard working freelance web designer dedicated to delivering professional websites to my clients.

I design using Photoshop and code in HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, PHP and Wordpress to make beautiful, clean websites which are easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye.

I keep up to date with modern web design trends and standards, always aiming to challenge myself with each project.

A little more about me as a freelance web designer

As a freelance web designer I create professional, modern, eye catching websites which suitably reflect my clients' business and create a distinctive look and feel to set them apart.

I design my websites to comply with the latest web standards, trends and practices and am confident coding in: HTML5, CSS3, PHP, Wordpress and Javascript/jquery.

I make responsive websites to adapt to the platform and size screen it is being viewed on. This means it will be mobile and tablet friendly which is very important in this day and age and will respond correctly to the screen size it is being viewed on.

Communication with the client is key and I am always willing to travel to my clients provided they are not too far from where I am based in Manchester. If my clients don't live close to Manchester I am always on hand quickly responding to emails and phone calls.

For examples of my Web Design work please visit my web design page or to enquire about any services I offer or get a quote please contact me.


I have been drawing since a young age and have a very diverse style. Usually I draw and colour my illustrations in Illustrator or Photoshop but still enjoy the old fashioned methods of ink on paper.

My Illustrator and Photoshop skills also come in handy when designing logos, business cards, flyers and advertisements for print or for web.

Please view my illustration portfolio for examples of my work.

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