Eclectic Dreams

A Web Design and Development Blog

Who is this guy?

Lesser Spotted Web DeveloperEclectic 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 TalisCapita Libraries.

I like elegant and usable design with a great visual impact. I do some mean CSS and Javascript, know a lot about accessibility. I’ve been known to do server-side stuff on occasion. Some have commented that I have an Eclectic skillset, hence the name of this blog.


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.

Go see my slideshare stuff.


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:

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…