WHO AM I?
Hi, my name is Jake Burdess and (in case you hadn’t already guessed) I am a digital designer living in Auckland, in New Zealand.
Digital Designer doesn’t really explain what I do very well though: I was born way back in 1975 (yep, I’m old) and I’ve done a bit of everything over the years, from branding to interior design and even interactive CD-Rom, back when that kind of thing was hip.
I discovered the Internet shortly after graduating from the Nottingham Trent University – where I studied Contemporary Arts – and was immediately hooked. I built my first HTML website in 1997, for the studio I had founded, Room 202 Multimedia.
Two years later I met my wife-to-be, Silvia, on Menorca, in the Spanish Balearics. I moved to Spain in 2000, and lived there until 2012. Our three kids were born on Menorca in 2001 (Asha) and 2004 (Max and Kai).
THE BEGINNINGS OF AFLUA
It was in 2004, when I opened the doors to the Aflua offices, that my torrid affair with software design and my obsession for user interface design came about. Aflua developed hundreds of websites for businesses in the Balearics and Barcelona between 2004 and 2009, but we also designed and maintained the content management systems that fuelled those sites.
At that time, CMS, CRM, intranets and web apps of many kinds were far and few between. We had our own systems at Aflua, amongst them a pretty comprehensive CMS / CRM platform for real estate, called InmoTech (the Spanish word for real estate being inmobiliaria).