• gio compario blog

    Ever wondered what the ‘Gocompare Man’ gets up to in his spare time?

    To help build the PR and marketing around the character of Gio Compario we created a blog for him.

    We wanted the blog to be completely bespoke and tailored to the design of the adverts that were live at the time.

    To achieve this I designed the blog in Photoshop and then modified the CSS and PHP of a blank Wordpress theme to create a brand new unique theme based on my design.

  • hell's bent

    Hell’s Bent is an alternative gay night in Cardiff. It was set up to counter the mainstream gay scene that didn’t quite satisfy everyone’s musical tastes.

    I worked with the promoters to create an edgy brand identity and a website to accompany their Facebook activity.

    I designed the site using Photoshop and worked with an illustrator who provided the navigation artwork. The site is hand coded and I also taught the promoters some simple HTML and CSS to allow them to update the site.

    visit the site »

  • top trumps

    To accompany the Hell’s Bent website I created a flash game based on the classic card game ‘Top Trumps’.

    The Hell’s Bent brand is quite tongue in cheek and we wanted the game to be consistent with the brand voice.

    I designed the game and created the supporting graphics but worked with an Illustrator to create the characters. I coded the game in ActionScript.

    play the game »

  • gio on coconut island

    Play as everyone’s favourite Welsh/Italian Tenor Gio Compario as he’s cast away on Coconut Island.

    I created the game for Gocompare.com to accompany the launch of their second round of Gio Compario adverts in 2010. The game echoes the Robinson Crusoe story from the first advert.

    We wanted the game to be a bit of fun and to encourage competition between players for the highest score.

    I created the game using Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash.

    play the game »

  • infographic

    I created this infographic for the charity Welsh Women’s Aid as part of the Cardiff Design Festival 2011.

    It was important, given the nature of the subject to ensure the design was clean, easy to digest but also hard hitting.

    The infographic was exhibited at the Sho Gallery in Roath, and later in the Cardiff Story Exhibition in the Hayes.

  • chip shooter

    Whilst working for Sony I created a Flash game to help promote their manufacturing software, TiMMS. The game focuses on placing microchips onto circuit boards in a set time limit.

    The design of the game aims to echo the software in a playful way and invite visitors to the site to compete against each other for a high score.

    I designed all the elements of the game and wrote the code using ActionScript.

    play the game »

a little bit about me

Hi there, I’m Alix Martin and I’m a designer and developer living in Cardiff, UK. I’ve been working in design and development for the last 8 years. I’ve put my skills to work on quite a lot of different projects. I’ve worked for some big brands like Sony and Gocompare.com but also worked with small studios on freelance projects.

I love making things and get a real buzz from seeing a project through from start to finish. I’m passionate about creating the best work I can and to keep fuelling my creative hunger.

When I’m not designing or creating code I enjoy riding my bike, getting down the beach for a surf or baking some tasty treats at home. I’ve also got a very small obsession with tea.

say hello

Fancy getting in touch? Just drop me an email with your details. I’d love to hear from you…

martin.alix@hotmail.com

my skills

  • photoshop
  • html & css
  • javascript & jquery
  • flash & actionscript
  • illustrator
  • indesign