I had a dream
The story behind the startup
My name is Jonathan Smithies, director and founder of Elev8. I am 28 years old. I am a die hard Apple fan. I love James Bond movies. I studied photography for 5 years at college and university. I spent 2 years living and studying in California while driving my dearly missed convertible Ford Mustang. I am passionate, outgoing, louder than most, independent and perceptive. I am naturally quick with all-things-technology. I love to solve digital problems. I build websites. I help people.
It was early one Sunday morning. I was fast asleep. Then I had a dream.
In that dream, I saw the name of a business, the tagline, and the logo.
The name of the business was Elev8. The tagline was Taking your business to the next level. The logo is what you see above. I woke up that morning and designed it based on my dream.
From an early age I have had a keen interest and affinity with computers, technology and photography, leading me to complete a BA (Hons) in Editorial and Advertising Photography, and build a career in digital technology solutions.
For the last 18 months I have worked in a freelance capacity for a specialist software company, Planyo Experts, implementing and integrating online booking systems for clients all over the world. These projects have included web design to compliment the online booking system, both of which are styled to match the look and feel of the client's company branding and provide the user with a seamless booking flow experience.
Much of my time since September 2016 has been spent working with Helena Cavan, Director of The Milestone Detox, taking her business to the next level - providing web design services, email marketing automation, systems and processes to automate her business and minimise grunt work. I believe in automating systems to ensure my clients are able to focus on growing their business rather than getting bogged down with manual admin.
More recently, I have been working with Helena Cavan in her role of poet and composer, to create a responsive, multi-media website to showcase her poetry, musical composition, photography and collaborative work with other professional creatives. I integrated visual and written content, audio features, and custom code to ensure optimum design and site performance on all devices big and small.
Visit my web design portfolio to get inspired and find out how Elev8 can take your business to the next level.