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’ve been a full-stack developer, WordPress specialist, designer and partner at Say Hello GmbH since the beginning of 2019. 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.

Latest blog posts

  • Oberaar, Switzerland

    Hiking to the Oberaar glacier

    Hiking along the milky Oberaarsee to the ice cave at the terminus of the Oberaar glacier.
  • Those damned Reds

    I met with a client yesterday at their modern office in a part of central Bern which is a former hipster area and which is plagued by graffiti artists and substance abusers. Although the building is new and freshly-finished with some attractive brickwork, it’s only a matter of time before it, too, will be sprayed […]
  • St. Martin's in the Fields, London

    The huffy church warden

    If you’re huffy, you get what you deserve.
  • Letter size comparison by Alexander Andrews @ Unsplash

    Font sizing for the web

    There are three main options for setting the size of text in the web using CSS. The font size can be set in “pixels”, in “EM”s or in ”REM”s. It can be a little difficult to understand where the differences lie, and which unit of measurement is correct.