Intelligent Website Design

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works

– Steve Jobs

UX Led Design

Yes, good to look at. Yes, contemporary, Yes, functional. But top of this web developer’s priority list is the user experience (UX), it’s what good, engaging website design is all about!  


I love what I do, and I’m a business person as much as I am a designer. You can expect a professional, helpful service, integrity, respect and a can-do attitude.  

Hi, I’m Sarah

I have been creating, developing and maintaining attention-grabbing, hard-working websites since 2010. I’m based in Bournemouth and work primarily for small business owners, project teams and event organisers in and around Dorset and the south-west.

Before I settled for life in front of a computer screen (or two) I spent more than 25 years in design & sales, working in London & Manchester as well as here in the south. For most of that time I was running & growing my own marketing business, and now I enjoy helping other small business owners do the same. I bring plenty of relevant life & work experience to the projects I work on, and it’s simply second nature to share it.

I prefer to do business locally, and I like to get to know you as well as understand your business – in that way I can share your personality online. It’s often the personal touch that will set you apart from your competitors; it can help you create lasting relationships with the people who use your site and improve the bottom line of your business. And let’s face it, that’s why you’re here!

Please take a look around, check out some of the projects I’ve been working on recently, and if you think I might be the web designer your business needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


About 85% of web designers in the UK are men. So that makes me pretty special, right?

And you might prefer a web designer that’s female, especially if your target market is too.


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Ongoing website development services offered on a contract basis or as-and-when required. WordPress maintenance packages offered to keep your website secure.

♦ Currently accepting new projects for mid September 2018  ♦

My success is measured by your success


An online multi-page sales brochure promoting your business & services.

Design from £695. Free SSL Certificate. GDPR Privacy Notice.
Annual hosting & maintenance charges apply.

Some recent work

upton country park

I first created a website for Upton Country Park in 2012; in January 2018 we kept the same basic design & page layout (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) but made it mobile-friendly. 

laura mackenzie hair design poole

Laura is another long-standing & treasured client, with this 2018 update adding a contemporary slant to the original 2013 creation, reflecting Laura’s work & reputation at the cutting edge of wedding hair design.

the beach hive pevensey bay

The Beach Hive is a charming beachfront Holiday Cottage in East Sussex, completely renovated by Claire with a website to match. I was delighted to learn she was fully booked within weeks of going online in February 2018

dorset steam cleaning services bournemouth

Fitz at Dorset Steam Cleaning came to me for an upgrade of the basic website he had purchased elsewhere as a new start-up business; this time he went for a few bells & whistles, a nice clean look, and a new logo.

tony bowyer print

The lovely people at Tony Bowyer Print returned for an update of their original 2013 website; the new mobile-friendly design went online in July 2017 promoting their fabulous new premium print finishes 

dorset wedding stationery bournemouth

Those same lovely people at Tony Bowyer Print needed something a little less corporate for their wedding stationery design business; I created something with a romantic (yet still professional) edge to it

white dub weddings dorset
A lovely little start-up business launched January 2017. This site is all about showcasing the beautiful photography (by Louise Jolley) and is fully managed by Vivid
hotelsmart bournemouth

A well-established business that needed a complete online make-over. In a competitive industry it’s often all about people and reputation, so the team & great reviews are forefront of this website

brighter manufacturing

I love how this Precision Engineering company in Wimborne has embraced pink! Quite a surprise considering the industry they’re in, and I was more than happy to carry the colour (subtly) into their website. 


With free SSL Certificate, GDPR Privacy Policy & WooCommerce shopping cart.

Design from £995. Annual hosting and maintenance charges apply.

dr beans bags isle of wight

A unique range of bags with a nautical twist, handmade on the Isle of Wight;  a clean, uncomplicated eCommerce website that is well managed by the client

hawaiian shirt shop

Within 12 weeks of moving this client to the mobile-friendly WordPress / Divi / WooCommerce combo in March 2017 sales & visitor numbers were more than double those in the same period 2016!

posh original art bournemouth

Talented local Remembrance Artist Jacqueline Hurley uses red poppies to great effect in her work; I would normally shy away from a black background but it just seems to work in this instance

virtual warrior poole

Virtual Racing events are a great personal motivational tool, but a relatively new concept, so this website has to do more than just sell. Launched in September 2016, fully managed by Vivid

Interested? Please get in touch

♦ Currently accepting new projects for mid September 2018  ♦

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Sarah Austin
T: 01202 251168
M: 07798 862205

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43 Ashton Road
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