Web Developer | Designer | Film Maker | Creator | Artist | Researcher

James Wallis

Life Rules

Staying up as late as needed to do a great job.

Waking up early for a morning walk.

Love finding my way around without any use of technology.

Potato is the greatest food around – any form or format.

I can’t remember what I did today but I can remember the smallest of details from years ago.

Life Stories

I remember the first time I became interested in creating websites, it was the year 2001/02. I remember a friend/kind of step-brother was doing a project for college and I thought that looks like interesting homework. I was fascinated by the thought of creating something on the computer using website design software (I think Dreamweaver) and then being able to display it on the internet for the rest of the world to see. The rest is history as they say.

Michael Palin’s Around the World in 80 days and Pole to Pole were an inspiration for exploring and setting off on adventures. I think this is where the love for adventures started at an early age, hence the name of the company. There have been many memorable ones ranging from playing in the forest as a child where we built dens all summer long to walking for hours to watch half a game of Manchester United at Christmas, arriving just before halftime to see Rio Ferdinand score a rare goal just for the sake of not using public transport to make it more fun. Half the fun of going was the journey to and from the match. As well as this there were countless weekend bike rides across Cheshire to keep us entertained to more extravagant trips exploring South East Asia in 2015. Too many to tell in a short bio…

I always imagined planning staff rotas for a made up airline or business so I could assign a perfect working week to a schedule, however, I think Anna would be much better at this task than me these days.

Playing for my not so local Sunday Football team, D&C Athletic and local Saturday Football team, Wilmslow Albion was a great honour during my 20’s which taught me a lot about performing at a consistent level, working as a team and understanding tactics/technical details. I also learnt to speak louder during this period of life whilst working with the Community department of Macclesfield Town Football Club. All good skills for business…

I think my design and business skills were honed during my days of playing Transport Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon during every spare minute I could find, and in more recent years my design skills were further developed during my time working for PPM Print.

Values

  1. Integrity
  2. Stillness
  3. Perfection
  4. Awareness
  5. Respect

Hobbies

  • Football
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Getting lost

Interesting Facts

  • Plan to play tennis against Roger Feder at some point
  • Professional Dog Walker from the age of 10
  • I love drawing but never liked art at school

"Stay free"

Film Making

When I say filmmaking, I mean I like creating footage that I can edit for hours later until I’ve created a masterpiece. Film makers/editors such as Peter Mckinnon, Jesse Driftwood, Daniel Schiffer and Andrew Kramer were an inspiration for me to create things that look pleasing to the eye.

Web Design & Development

I’ve always liked designing, creating and improving my web development skills. I enjoy every second I’m using the Adobe software (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AfterEffects, Photoshop and more) packages to create all sorts of things for digital and print use. I love using WordPress to create websites but I’m in the process of learning React and Javascript to create much more functionality for more demanding web applications.

Getting Lost

Getting lost on a walk, ski slope, in a new city or anywhere really is one of my favourite feelings. I also try not to use my phone to direct me but I must admit it has been a saviour on many occasions. I think I just like the thought of exploring and finding my way around the old fashioned way. It’s hard to do these days considering that the last and most recent place to be discovered on earth was Antarctica back in 1820 (1895 was the first confirmed landing by Norwegian explorers) which wasn’t that long ago really.

Photography

I’ve always liked taking pictures and I remember getting a Nikon DSLR camera for my birthday and using it properly for the first time when I travelled to South East Asia. My only issue with taking pictures is finding enough space to store them all safely.

Hiking

Hiking in the Peak District has always been something I’ve loved doing. Getting to the top of the hill/mountain is always a goal of mine. It’s always a journey to the top that can take a lot of effort but the views are always worth it. I’ve always thought it would be really good to hike in the Alps but skiing them is a much faster way of taking in the scenery, that’s of course when I’m not falling over and crashing when I try something much too difficult.

Football

This is the sport I played at least 4 or 5 times per week for a good chunk of my life. I’ve always played until now where I’m probably not up to the standard to compete at a level I’d be happy with anymore. I’m satisfied with watching Manchester United find their way back to the top, however, I must admit it’s a strange feeling watching them now compared to the days of Giggs, Scholes, Keane and Backham and of course Alex Ferguson. Maybe I should play golf but they always say it’s a good way to ruin a good walk so I’m not too sure yet.

YouTuber

When I say YouTuber. It’s not in the sense that you might think. Anna always calls me a YouTuber because it’s the only thing I watch. No Netflix, Amazon Prime or anything like that, just YouTube. It’s where I learn 50% of everything I know whether it be SEO skills from Brian Dean at Backlinko, travel stories by Lost LeBlanc, finance content from Damien Talks Money or stories in the news from Russell Brand. I am a true YouTuber.