Heyo! I'm Matt Brett, a freelance web designer living in beautiful BC, Canada. I specialize in WordPress development and generally making things that are awesome. When I'm not working, I'm playing video games, and I've published 136 game reviews over the past few years.

Development Projects HTML/CSS Build & WordPress Development

Over the past couple years, I've spent a great deal of time building sites for Toronto's Takeover Studio. As such, my design portfolio has become rather stagnant, but you can see some of my code in action…

Music Canada

Music Canada

HTML • CSS • Mobile • WordPress

Boom Charity

Boom Charity

HTML • CSS • Mobile

Polaris Music Prize

Polaris Music Prize

HTML • CSS • Mobile • WordPress

Maple Music Recordings

Maple Music Recordings

HTML • CSS • WordPress

House of Cool

House of Cool

HTML • CSS • Mobile • WordPress

Pacific Rim Leadership Centre

Pacific Rim Leadership Centre

HTML • CSS • Mobile • WordPress

Makeup Geek
Makeup Geek
Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

Easily the biggest project I’ve handled during my freelance career, the 2013 redesign of Makeup Geek was an absolutely massive undertaking. Powered by WordPress, BuddyPress, and bbPress, there is nearly 100 templates in the theme directory. It was months in the making, but I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Petley-Hare Limited
Petley-Hare Limited
Petley-Hare Limited

Petley-Hare Limited

Who says insurance sites have to be boring? While not my usual clientele, I was excited to have a chance to produce an beautiful and responsive site in an industry that is ripe with stagnant web presences.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Tech Talk Africa
Tech Talk Africa
Tech Talk Africa

Tech Talk Africa

When I was approached to redesign Tech Talk Africa, I wasn’t overly enthused. There are a lot of ads, and a lot of content, which means design typically takes a back seat and there really isn’t much flexibility in terms of layout. But in the end, I’m quite happy with it, and had a lot of fun working on the mobile layouts. TTA is sporting a mobile first responsive design, and is “retina display ready”.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Simply Marlena
Simply Marlena
Simply Marlena

Simply Marlena

I’ve been working with Marlena for a few years now, primarily on her flagship site, Makeup Geek. Initially, she wanted to customize one of my themes, but I talked her into doing a brand new design, so I could make it responsive and fully cater to the visual style she was after. The end result, is this beautifully simple design that scales right down to mobile phone resolution, and sports 2x graphics for retina display devices, including the new iPad.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Rely on Horror
Rely on Horror
Rely on Horror

Rely on Horror

2012 will hence forth be known as the year of super fun projects! In February, I did a major redesign for a well established video game blog focusing on the survival horror genre. Having played several games in the genre, and being a long-time fan of the Resident Evil series, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this site. It should feel very familiar to those who are fans of the genre.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Rich Spillberg
Rich Spillberg
Rich Spillberg

Rich Spillberg

To say I had a lot of fun working on this site, would be an understatement of epic proportions. Rich came to me with a collection of excellent photos, a load of content, and enthusiasm for modern technology and best practices that rivalled my own. Essentially, a perfect foundation for creating something awesome. I knew right out of the gate that I was going to take a responsive approach here, and Rich was more than game. The end result is a site that scales beautifully across various screen shapes and sizes.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
PictureCorrect
PictureCorrect
PictureCorrect

PictureCorrect

One of my personal favourites, PictureCorrect was the second large photography blog I redesigned in 2009. It was a challenge to come up with a style that was entirely different from Digital Photography School, considering much of the content is similar in nature. But the end result is something both my client and I were extremely pleased with. In January of 2012 I revisited this project and made the layout adaptive for mobile devices.

  • Custom Design
  • XHTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Stereokiller

Stereokiller

Having spent my youth playing in punk rock bands, I was stoked to have the opportunity to work on a music community that focuses on independent bands in the hardcore, meta, and punk rock genres. Stereokiller is run by a lone developer, who came to me for help with the design. I did a full redesign of the site over the course of a few months, and provided HTML/CSS templates for each of the unique layouts.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
Mead Family Dental
Mead Family Dental
Mead Family Dental

Mead Family Dental

Dentist websites are a dime a dozen. Usually designed by a firm who ships customized templates; they’re typically quite dull and look out-dated. Alan Mead came to me because he didn’t want to have just another boring dental site. Initially launched in July ’11, I revisited Alan’s site in March ’12 to make the layout adaptive for mobile devices; tablets and phones.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Film Blather

Film Blather

It’s always fun taking an old site and giving it a fresh coat of paint. Film Blather was one of these projects, but it also received an overhaul of the back-end. Previously powered by a home-brewed database, Film Blather has been moved to WordPress and everything is managed from WP-Admin thanks to Custom Post Types and Taxonomies.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Girl With A Camera
Girl With A Camera
Girl With A Camera

Girl With A Camera

To say I had a lot fun with this project, would be a massive understatement. This was my first venture into HTML5, and I took the opportunity to deck out Ashley’s photoblog with all sorts of CSS3 frills as well. One of the main challenges, was deciding on a colour scheme. Since each photo set could potentially have a dominent colour through-out, I came up with the idea of having the background colour change for each post (set). Along with the background colour, Ashley has the ability to adjust the size and positioning of the hero photo and thumbnails for each post, to provide an optimal viewing experience.

  • Custom Design
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Tucker Max

Tucker Max

Tucker Max is many things (yes, an asshole being one of them), but one thing is for sure – he is one busy dude. He has a lot going on, all the time, and needed a website where his fans and followers could keep tabs on it all. Previously, he had separate sites for his stories, his books, his movie, and so on. The main goal of this redesign, was to pull it all under one roof, give him the ability to manage content on his own, and maintain the style and attitude that is Tucker Max.

  • Custom Design
  • XHTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development
Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources

Without a doubt, the largest site I’ve worked on. CBR was initially launched in 2008, and has seen constant growth with new sections being added or overhauled regularly, which have mostly been handled personally. In May 2010 I revisited some of the global elements and gave the site a bit of a visual refresh, but the main style has remained in tact since its ’08 launch. So far in 2010, we’ve added an events calendar, and a comic books Twitter directory.

  • Custom Design
  • XHTML/CSS
  • WordPress Development

Web Design & Development Moving Pixels Around Since '97

To say I've been doing this a long time is an understatement. Professionally, I've been working in the web industry since 2000, but I started to hone my skills back in '97. Of the dozens of projects I've completed, here are some of my favourites from over the years. I'm currently booking projects for June 2014 and beyond. Get in touch!

Custom Website & Blog Design

Big or small. I've worked on everything from personal blogs to full-blown news sites and social networks.

HTML/CSS Templates

For those that already have a design completed, but need someone to build it out.

Design & WordPress Consultation

Over the years, I've worked some magic with WordPress and built a fine collection of standards compliant HTML/CSS techniques.


The Devil's in the Details

I have a knack for finding little intricacies that make my designs stand out in the crowd, and keep my clients coming back for repeat work.

No Competition

I follow a strict one project at a time rule, which ensures each project gets nothing but my undivided attention. You won't have to chase after me to see progress. If anything, you might have a hard time keeping up!

One Man Army

When you hire me to work on your project, I'm working on your project. For the most part, I can cover all of the bases required and will be with you every step of the way.