Eclectic Dreams is the blog and portfolio of Matt Machell. A thirty-something front-end web developer and UI designer living in Birmingham, UK.
I make websites of all shapes and sizes. I spent the dotcom years designing sites selling antiques. I designed the glasshaus website way back when. I spent 6 years at Birmingham City University, working on assorted projects including the complete redesigns of the intranet and main website. I’m now a Senior Developer at
I’m an active member of the tech/web community in Birmingham (UK) and edit the monthly newsletter for The Multipack meetups. Contact me if you have newsworthy stuff or job opportunities for Midlands web developers and designers.
Speaking and Training
I’ve been known to talk at conferences, though I’m more often found as a delegate. I also teach semi-regular training sessions on standards and accessibility for Media Skills. I’ve also talked at Multipack Presents concerning ARIA and Standards with ASP.NET, Geolocation for parents and retrofitting adaptive design. Given that I work with library catalogue systems day to day, you may see me talk about enhancing their interfaces.
I’ve worked on a number of web-related books as technical editor, lead editor or reviewer. You may remember me from such works as:
- The Flash Anthology, 2004, Sitepoint
- Dreamweaver MX ASP Web Development, 2004, Apress
- Practical Intranet Development, 2003 glasshaus
- Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills, 2003, glasshaus
- Contribute – Hassle free Content Control, 2003, glasshaus
- Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development, 2002, glasshaus
- Dynamic Dreamweaver MX, 2002 glasshaus
- Content Management Systems, 2002 glasshaus
- Usable Shopping Carts, 2002, glasshaus
- Practical XML for the Web, 2002, glasshaus
- Web Graphics for Non-Designers, 2002, glasshaus
- Dreamweaver MX: Advanced PHP Web Development, 2002, glasshaus
I’ve also written some 40-odd articles for DMXZone, on all things Dreamweaver and standards-related topics. Most of this stuff is quite old now…