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Simon Griffee

Graphic Designer, Web Developer, Communications Specialist

Telephone: +39 333 4928016
Blog: (design), (photography)
Github: hypertexthero
Twitter: hypertexthero
Homebase: Rome, Italy and the Internets
Skype: sgriffee


I have 14 years of professional experience as a communications project manager, graphic designer and web developer working with small and large teams in startups and organizations such as FAO, where I am currently part of the communications team of the International Plant Protection Convention.

I enjoy all aspects of web development from content strategy and information architecture to usability and accessibility and hands-on coding and design. I am capable of both developing the strategic overview of a project and also focussing on the practical details. I am passionate about the open web, clear communication, clean code and clean markup. Some of the things I’ve done:

  • Managed teams of designers and developers both in-person at FAO and locally and remotely in the course of various freelance projects
  • Conducted research and developed strategic documents and reports to promote brands and generate public support for objectives
  • Provided design support and technical advice on the creation and evolution of websites
  • Identified and advised on new tools and approaches to benefit corporate communications and advocacy goals
  • Hand-wrote HTML, CSS, JavaScript for a wide variety of websites
  • Designed, coded and deployed multi-user content management systems supporting features such as automatic user registration, document uploads, forums and API services using the Django web framework, Drupal, Wordpress and other systems
  • Designed and oversaw production of print and branding materials including brochures, logotypes, letterheads and posters

I'm interested in freelance work or a position in a good communications team.


Communications Specialist, Web Developer & Graphic Designer
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
June 2009–Present (4 years)

Promoted the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) brand and generated public support for its objectives. Provided design support and technical advice on the creation and evolution of websites. Identified and advised on new tools and approaches to benefit IPPC's corporate communication and advocacy goals.

  • Wrote website HTML, CSS, JavaScript template code for Original templates and other work can be found at:
  • Designed, coded and deployed multi-user CMS which supports automatic user registration and document uploads using the Django web framework and Drupal CMS.
  • Wrote basic Django CMS which also writes static HTML pages for the website
  • Designed and oversaw production of print materials including brochures, logotypes, letterheads and posters such as IPPC's 2011 poster

Freelance Web & Graphic Designer
Hypertexthero, Worldwide
2005–Present (8 years)

Worked on a variety of web and print projects for clients around the world, from companies in London and internet start-ups in Silicon Valley to software teams involved with FAO and international schools in Rome.

Acotel Group S.p.A, Rome, Italy
2003–2004 (1 year)

Responsible for client-side accessible website design, mobile interface design, marketing and advertising multimedia campaigns and identity design of Acotel Group S.p.A and related companies.

  • Designed, coded and deployed one of the first web standards-compliant corporate websites in Europe at the time -
  • Designed graphics, icons and posters for mobile, web and print media

Freelance Designer
European Artisans, Various, Rome, Italy
1999–2003 (4 years)


English (written & spoken - fluent) Portuguese (written & spoken - fluent) Italian (written and spoken - good) French (written & spoken - basic)

Writing & Photography

I write about web and graphic design at and keep a photographic notebook at Some highlights:

Skills & Expertise

Communication, Graphic Design, Writing, Web Development, User Interface Design, Usability, Accessibility, Mobile First Design, Responsive Design, Information Architecture, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Django, Wordpress, Textpattern, Drupal, Unix, Git, Github, Apache, MySQL, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Textmate, Terminal


Bournemouth University · 1996–1999
BA (Hons) Creative Advertising - copywriting, art direction, marketing, digital design

Bournemouth and Poole College of Art & Design · 1997–1998
City & Guilds Diploma with Distinction in Photography


Photography, web, travel, open source & open internet, philosophy, typography, art history, nature, astronomy, ‘open world’ computer games, music, (blues guitar, jazz, classical), vintage aeroplanes, basketball

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