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Jen Drage

Jen - Wildlife and eco website designerJen lives in Mid Wales with her partner artist Jon Evans, and countless animals and vegetables. Jen established Aye-aye Design in May 2008, and also works as senior developer for PHPList Integration and the soon to be released 'Mapio' at New York Joomla! development company Dioscouri Design, and is also typographer for Jon's slate and wood carving business Peace of Mined.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1980, from an early age Jen watched her mum June Drage design catalogues for Greenpeace and Traidcraft on some of the first Apple Mac computers. Escaping the computer world for a few years, she worked in a game park in Southern Africa and went on to receive a first class BSc (hons) in Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Management at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, during which she studied the ecology of Armadillos in the Peruvian rainforest.

Jen started in the design and print trade as a junior designer for Impress Publishing Ltd, in Canterbury, where she also illustrated Christmas cards for charities such as Shelter and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Jen then started freelancing graphic designer for wildlife organisations in Kent including several species specific voluntary community groups and the county's biological records centre, whilst working nights as a page planner and mac operator for Kent Regional Newspapers. During this time she studied the web coding languages of HTML, PHP, CSS, MySQL, Javascript and XML, and several years (and many sleepless nights) later is proud to be a competent and experienced self taught website developer.

The Aye-aye

ARKive species - Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)Our company is named after this unusual Madagascan Lemur. Jen's earliest inspiration and introduction to the world of biodivesity conservation and environmental issues came from reading the many books by the wonderful conservationist Gerald Durrel. As a teenager she wrote to Gerald's Jersey Zoo and was invited to join the zoo one summer to work as a tour guide, and was mesmorised by the remarkable Aye-aye's. Aye-aye Designs primary aim is to offer accessible, easy to use and low cost websites to wildlife conservation organisations, but we also work with community groups and companies in the field of the environment.


If you'd like to join the Aye-aye and I, please do This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your CV along with a letter explaining what you might have to offer. We currently work with several freelancers including Marketing experts, proof readers and Welsh translators, but are particularly interested in hearing from people with a passion for nature, experience in Joomla!, website development in general or graphic design.


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Email: info@ayeayedesign.co.uk   |   Tel: (01970) 832220