About Mark Howells-Mead

Photography and programming since 1983. CMS developer since 2001. WordPress since 2003, TYPO3 since 2011 and agency partner since 2019.

With my wife Jo in Zermatt, 2015

I’m a British photographer, designer and web developer and I live in Switzerland. Permanent Tourist is my personal website. I came up with the name because I try to live like an interested visitor, whether at home or elsewhere.

I speak English and Bernese (Swiss) German fluently, German relatively well, and French passably but with a little hesitation. Through my work on multilingual websites, I also have an understanding of written Italian, and my abilities in German allow me a basic understanding of Dutch.

I spend much of my spare time in the mountains near where I live on the shores of Lake Thun: hiking and taking photographs. I’ve been here since 2001; before that, I lived in Hampshire, England and (as a child) in London.

My day job is as a website developer, primarily building front-ends for CMS-driven websites using WordPress. I joined Swiss web agency Say Hello GmbH as Partner in January 2019.

My wife Jo moved from Scotland to live with me during 2006. We married during 2007 in the splendour of Rosslyn Chapel, and combined our surnames.

Long before all this was a twinkle in my eye, I studied to A-level at Salesian College in Farnborough, Hampshire.


Curriculum vitæ (Lebenslauf)

I’m a full-stack developer, WordPress specialist, designer and partner at Say Hello GmbH: a web agency in central Switzerland with a focus on WordPress and Progressive Web App development.

My daily work involves project management, concept work, cross-media solutions and workshop leadership, front-end, back-end and API development, media production, client consultancy, design and sales.

Previously, I’ve been a development manager, team leader, digital developer, media producer, content management system developer and customer services advisor for small, large and international companies based in the U.K. and Switzerland since the 1990s.

You can see my complete c.v. here.


Autobiography

I write long-form entries in alphabetical order about my life from time to time. The first was published here in 2013. The current entries are here.


Testimonial

Unbeknown to me, during one of my many visits to Switzerland, one of my fellow tourists somehow fell to the temptation of throwing away his return ticket and remain longer than is usually accepted for trippers. He describes himself, quite accurately I think, as the Permanent Tourist.

He now lives in a spacious flat, forever condemned to waking every morning to the sight of the majestic snow-capped alps and turquoise lakes, travel to his cushy lakeside job on the best, most efficient rail system in the world, and spend his weekends amidst scenery that most of us weep at for the sheer spectacle of beauty. To top it all, he does this in the accompaniment of a particularly gorgeous female.

As if this is not enough, he is able to encapsulate all this wonder in which he dwells through his lens with the efficiency of a keen-eyed sniper. Just look yourself, and you’ll see visions that are both stunning, clever and at times amusing. If he went professional, we may as well all throw away our cameras, for we are not worthy.

Graham McKenzie-Smith, 2006

Latest blog posts

  • Overlapping elements with CSS grid

    Using CSS Grid to overlap two rows and allow a content image to “break out” of the text container.
  • Squeaky snow

    Squeaky snow

    When the temperature of snow is above -10°C, it melts slightly when you crush it by walking on it. At temperatures below -10°C, the ice crystals are crushed, which makes a squeaking sound.
  • Hallwil, Switzerland

    Lake Hallwil

    Going somewhere new and exploring the lake shore at Seengen, near Hallwil.
  • The Branch at Weissenau

    Enjoy nature while it lasts

    If you find a natural feature, enjoy it while it lasts.
  • Christmas day in the snow at Ballenberg

    Christmas Day in Narnia

    Strolling in a winter wonderland on an unusual Christmas Day.
  • Aeschiried, Switzerland

    Aeschiried in the snow

    Photos from a wander in the winter sunshine in 2019.
  • Scotland at night

    Scotland at night

    Wonderful and unusual drone and time-lapse sequences from the Visit Scotland YouTube channel.
  • Bern by night, 2011

    Bern by night, 2011

    My first little video put together using Adobe Premier Pro, using some old video clips from 2011.