Unjustified Designs

Consilium enim anima - Design for life
Unjustified Designs is first and foremost a home of static website design. Secondly, Unjustified Designs is a hub for all things geek. A haven for the technophile and an amalgamation of works by the owner and founder of Unjustified Designs, James Adams. Spanning from computer work, including website design and programming, to song writing, poetry and photography.
Consilium enim anima - Design for life
Born in the summer of 1984, I grew up without many of the tech or gadgets that you will now find in a child's bedroom. Home computers were a revolutionary thing when I was a kid, and by the time we got one of our first desktop PC's in the early 90's just staring into the insides of a Model 25-286 fascinated me and started something that I wouldn't of been able to comprehend back then.

Of course, in today's terms, the majority of people wouldn't know what to do when introduced to a PC with a 10MHz CPU, only 30Mb Hard Drive space, and a DOS prompt on screen, but I was in my element. My love of technology and computers had begun. Not long after, we upgraded to a 386 and I was introduced to Windows 3.1, of which I still have the floppy disc's hidden away somewhere.

But this wasn't the sort of upgrade you would do today. I didn't grow up poor, but as a family, we weren't well off either. We couldn't afford to walk into a store and just buy a new PC off the shelf. The upgrade to the 386 meant shopping around, and spending hours walking through computer fairs to get the parts we needed at the prices we could afford, and then spending many more hours sat on the living room floor building the PC. Id finally gotten my hands inside a PC, working out what goes where, piecing the parts together, and finding out how it all actually worked.

By the age of 12, and after many new PC upgrades and rebuilds, Windows 95 had been out a while, and with my thirst for more knowledge, I had begun messing around with programming, and scripting. Coming across a formatting script, I made a pop-up clock that I found on a free 5" floppy. I reprogrammed the clock with a little surprise. When anyone closed the clock, it would reformat and turn off the PC. My only problem with this is that I tested it on the family PC with no back-up and had to reinstall Windows 95! My first "virus" was born, and I didn't know what to do with it. With the reformat I had lost the virus I had just written and did not want to go through rewriting it. So I started looking around at what else I could make, what back doors I could find, and back then, Windows had many back doors.

After a few more years searching the internet on a 56k dial-up modem, teaching myself, and experimenting with whatever I could find, I had finally reached high school and started having IT lessons. I had found at this point that what I already know surpassed that of the teacher, and decided to skip doing IT as part of my GCSE's. Opting to do a GNVQ in Business instead, I started drifting away from my passion of all things tech. That is, not to say I lost interest, but it took a back burner as I wanted to work towards a career in something. That career being in computing had never crossed my mind at the time, it was just a passion and a hobby and I didn't see it as a possibility. How wrong was I?

After school I went into college with the goal of becoming an architect. After two and a half years with my predicted grades, I was all set to go to Oxford University. All I had to do is keep my predicted grades and finish the last year. Unfortunately politics got involved between what I wanted and what was expected and I decided this was not the career for me. I spent a number of years after this working. Everything from sales, warehouse management, administration, cleaning... until I found a love for working in bars. Bar work, and finally leading to management jobs, I had found my career. Work that I actually wanted to wake up and go to. Of course, all the geek and nerdy culture that I was brought up with followed me in all the jobs I have held, and to this day I still wish I followed that career path which is where we lead to adult education.

After moving to Birmingham for a year to train and work in some of the bigger bars and nightclubs, I moved back to Oxford, got a job in an internet cafe, and applied to college to do a one year access course in IT to get me into university. This one year course was so basic, that I actually ended up teaching a few classes when it came to web design as the teachers were not up to standard. Then it was on to university, after all those years, to get my BSc in Computer Science. I was also working towards a BSc in multimedia systems as part of a combined degree but found that it tended to lean more towards actual media (i.e. film, radio etc) than web based media which is what I wanted to learn about. Again I had the same problem as I did with college, in that I wasn't actually learning anything and it felt more like a refresher course than a degree. With this in mind, mixed with some personal problems and serious health problems I dropped out after 2 years with plans of finishing my degree with Open University and actually picking the subjects that would teach me something new, not offered by the university.

This is where my plans fall apart, and due to my medical problems I can no longer work, and therefore, cannot afford to finish my degree. That was, at least, the case until 2015 when I realized that I could get funding to re-do my degree with Open University. After being ill for all these years, I finally have a chance to finish one of my biggest goals. So I signed up to Open University, and as of 2016 I will be a student again, starting my degree part time, and from the beginning. Besides doing my course online from home, I also spend lots of time reading up on new tech and teaching myself what I need to know to help further my knowledge, and this is where we bring in Unjustified Designs. although the name has been used since before my college days as a way of signing work anomalously it is now a fully grown practice for web design, programming, and all things tech.