Elegant websites for Elves
We build and design websites with a holistic, spiritual and ecological focus.
I’m Daniel Shields. A software developer that’s recently completed a Masters in Entrepreneurship and I have a decade of experience building websites and applications for my own start-ups.
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- L/L Research — Home of The Law of One material, L/L Research is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and sharing information to aid in the spiritual evolution of humankind.
- Orbits — A simple website for astrology charts without any of the clutter or advertising found on other sites.
- Plotty — An alternative gardening brand, with an online seed swapping platform. We created an entire brand manual for the startup with some mockups of how things might look in the future.
- TwentyFifty — Contact work developing a tool to analyse risk in the fashion industry and textiles supply chain.
- Sendtao — Designed for rollout of remote projects, providing reports that allow customer, stakeholders, supervisory and project management teams real time access to site progress information.
Backend & Servers
Server architecture and development. APIs and micro-services, scaling, queues, distributed servers, serverless apps.
APIs & CI
API design and deployment, continuous integration or server configuration.
Branding & Logos
Multimedia work like branding, design, logos, presentations, business cards, posters, etc for companies and friends.
Design and coding of static websites, including designing for a11y web accessibility standards for impaired users.
Print design, such as posters, business cards or company documents.
Startup Prototypes (MVP)
I'm capable of rapidly building quick (MVP) prototypes that can be used to show investors, test and get feedback from users, before refining the idea more.
I can shape your business plan, help you identity your target market and make sure that the prototype is a viable product that your customers will love.
Need advice for your startup or idea? I can provide technical advice or consulting to help you avoid any technical pit-falls.
A brief overview of Agile methodology and how our team applied these principles to our startup.
Post modern views on Failure
As I attempt to understand failure and its meaning, this work is a postmodern discourse on the subject, and how we approach and respond to failure in the modern world.
Scientific Paradigms and Disruption
I compared the disruption of paradigms—something that embodies a conceptual framework in which we perceive the world (Chalmers, 1978) with how a start-up functions by finding anomalies and solving a problem that no one had considered before.
Working with emotional models in an artificial life simulation
The aim of the project was to create a testbed for the simulation of an artificial life in which emotional models could be observed in action, as well as provide a method of monitoring and interacting with the simulation.
Configuring CloudFront for static websites
It can be a lot more difficult than you'd expect to properly configure AWS S3 with CloudFront to serve simple static websites with sub-pages.
From Zero to Spock
How to configure and set up an Amazon EC2 server with SSH keys for Statamic and Git Integration for Spock.
MA Entrepreneurship, 2018-20
University of Hertfordshire
BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 2014
University of Pretoria
BIS. Multimedia, 2008-12
- Authentic Self Empowerment (ASE) Facilitator
- Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT)
- Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Practitioner
- Traditional Jikiden Reiki (Shoden)
- Karuna + Lightarean Reiki
- Western Reiki I, II, Advanced