It's all about me!
[last updated May 22, 2015]
Hi, I’m Paul Maden, a 30-something year old trophy designer and computer programmer from Lancashire. I’m kind of unique!
I am responsible for the design and manufacturing of handmade stone and slate trophies for the family business.
Drawing inspiration from my Dad’s original Westmorland Green Slate trophies and plaques, I am currently expanding the range into new materials and designs.
The work is difficult yet immensely rewarding, knowing our products (be they trophies, plaques or miniature slate dogs jumping sandstone walls) will take pride of place on many a mantelpiece or display cabinet.
Developed WordPress sites for high profile Hotel, Restaurant and Retail customers.
Created WordPress plug-ins to enable integration with various Oracle Hospitality (née Micros) products.
Held the post of senior developer at a prominent accommodation directory site receiving 300,000+ visitors per week during the summer months.
My own performance targets were 0.1 seconds time to first byte, 1.0 seconds to content loaded. Despite the lack of a CDN, I succeeded around half the time.
Designed and created a system for integrating and delivering low-bandwidth interactive flash video components into customer websites.
The tools and techniques that I developed are still in use by my successors to this day.
Designed and built a database-free shopping cart system from scratch, and operated an online shop. It was lightning fast, easy to use, and brought in the money.
Additionally I built and maintained a variety of sites, large and small.
Within these roles I have come to appreciate the importance of a well designed, quick loading website, and of the need for it to be scalable in times of high demand. There is nothing worse than losing a sales opportunity due to a poorly designed or inadequately performing website!
You’ll find examples of my work (past and present) on the menu bar at the very top of this page. Please bear in mind that many ‘museum’ sites date back as far as the year 2000, and my work at “iKnow” is (and only ever will be) only partially in the archive.
While work is important to me, and I do spend considerable time researching new tools, technologies and best practices, there comes a time when I do actually switch off the computer!
I am what could best be termed as a “tryer” at ten pin bowling. My nine years of playing in local leagues have yielded little success, regular bruises and joint pains, ample vocalised profanities, but lots of fun.
In more passive sporting terms I follow Burnley FC and Blackburn Hawks (Ice Hockey) and have an interest in Baseball and many forms of Motorsports (and not just Formula 1).
I (along with my girlfriend Sam) have an interest in fishkeeping, and we keep
two small planted tanks stocked with Guppies, Danios, Ottos, Corys, Harlequins and other Rasboras.
In the past couple of years I have developed an interest in gardening, landscaping and D.I.Y., as a great way to a) unwind from work, and b) avoid actual housework.
Despite all this, I am a computer programmer, and as such it would be a bare faced lie to deny my DVD collection is heavily skewed towards Sci-Fi!
To contact me for any reason, please email me at paulmaden dot com.
I am interested to hear of new opportunities for trophy designs or website consulting.
Thanks for reading,