about us

lotuspool designs websites to express precisely what you want them to communicate. We work with the text, images, layout, look and feel of your website to reflect your message while maintaining the character of your own voice.

lotuspool is run by two people who want to make the web work for you and your business.

Simon and Branwen met in 2005, when she wanted help to build her first website. They have since married, and in 2009 moved to a cottage near Brecon.

Simon studied English Literature at York University, did teacher training and taught in Botswana for some years. He first set eyes on Netscape Navigator and the web in 1995. At the time he was working in the pre-press department of South London Auto Trader, administering the brand new database that was being trialled as part of the production process (and was later rolled out nationally).

He was fascinated by the potential the web seemed to offer as a means for communication and publishing and decided he wanted to find out more about it. He also had plenty of practice at making photos of second-hand cars look good!

In 1999 he joined an IT training company where he spent five years teaching people to build websites. He was a Macromedia Certified Trainer, running courses on software such as Dreamweaver, but felt most effective teaching people to hand-code. He also ran courses on database design and integration with the web.

With a background in the visual arts, Branwen is an experienced photographer and graphic designer, getting the colours and layout of websites just right. She also works as a freelance translator, which has helped her to develop excellent writing and editing skills. She uses her middle name, Jane, for her translation business and works from Italian and French into English. www.janegriffiths.eu Before working as a translator, she was a Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Bristol, after which she worked for Lloyds TSB and DuPont. Branwen has learnt to speak Welsh, and could work with an English/Welsh translator to create a bilingual website.

lotuspool was founded in 2004 by two friends: Simon Moss and Simon Beaton, a graphic designer and musician. Sadly, Simon Beaton had severe health problems, and within two years of its launch, his work on lotuspool had to be put on hold. He died in 2011 and is missed by everyone who knew him.