One of the minor projects that your humble Devil has been working on is a total redesign for Andrew Ian Dodge. It's not just his blog, but also a CD cover and a book cover (both of which will be posted here in due course).
This has been a lot of fun as it means that I get paid for doing artwork rather than writing code; but, hell's teeth, I have realised that I am really rusty, especially on vector drawing technique.
But Andrew likes my style, which is why he asked me to do the stuff, and seems pleased. I would like to do a lot more of this kind of work but, alas, many people do not seem to go for the "dark and gothy" look!
I am hoping to get to the end of this particular work cycle by the end of this week, and then I will be able to have a bit more practice. I still strive for the greatness of Dave McKean...
I have also been working on an expanded site for my oldest client; I have been working (in one guise or another) with Walker Slater for over a decade now, and we are now working on expanding their site into a fully fledged collections portfolio and online shop (although this is still in development). As those who know me in the flesh will testify, it is rare to see me out of a suit—and they are all Walker Slater suits. I recommend them: they have shops in Edinburgh's Old Town and in London's Parson's Green.
Through MessageSpace Creative (MS://C), I have also been working, with Mike Rouse, on a few other sites. John Redwood's rather excellent blog has had a few tweaks made to it, and David Amess's blog is ready to go (though he has yet to posting in earnest).
WebCommons has had something of a makeover (mirroring MSC) although I still haven't found the time to devote enough resources to it yet—however, Mike and I have plans to expand it quite substantially. However, you might find that the MPs' blogs feed is quite useful: I know that I do.
MS://C have also rolled out a new site for Conservative PPC, Shaun Bailey. It looks nice enough, but the back-end requirements that Hammersmith Conservatives set us compelled me really to stretch Website Baker (my CMS of choice) far beyond what I had previously done with it. And generally, this little known Content Management System responded admirably: it's incredibly powerful once you learn how to exploit its potential.
Other MS://C projects that we have completed in the last couple of months include a revamp of Shane Greer's blog, Tory Radio and the Young Britons' Foundation; we have also rolled out Forward Together, Havant Conservatives, Derbyshire PPC Heather Wheeler's blog and the website for James Cleverly's new venture, Point and Fire Media.
As you can see, we have been busy. And those are only the sites that we have completed: we have some other major ones that we are currently working on.
However, you may have noticed that many of these sites have a certain flavour to them: LabourHome commenters certainly have.
EOS also own Message Space Creative Ltd as a subsidiary. This complex also does work for Tory Radio, and thru Mike Rouse/MessageSpace Creative Ltd used to be involved with 18DoughtyStreet.com, and created John Redwood's website. Mike Rouse is/was Head of Technology for the the very Tory Young Britons' Foundation. There is more, but you get the gist.
Indeed we do, but I can't help feeling that rwendland is trying to draw sinister parallels where there are none. The fact is that our leads and contacts tend to be on the right of the political spectrum and so that is where our work tends to come from.
Matt Wardman has a good stab at explaining the separation between work and personal politics.
I get the impression that you're putting conspiracy theories into a couple of areas where a conspiracy doesn't exist.
Most of the relationships in the "complex" don't compromise anyone. In particular I'd suggest that Jas S, Mike R and Alex H (and Chris M - the Devil - who you don't mention) are quite able to separate professional IT (MS + MS Creative) work from political arguments, I'd make the same comment re: Guido where business is concerned. They wouldn't bother to waste the time and take the risk of confusing the two.
The facts about who hosts who's websites are professional arrangements. Are you going to go for Tim Ireland because he's been hosting Boris Johnson's blog for about 4 or 5 years? After all, BJ has perhaps had more of a kicking on LH than Guido. In that light, can Tim possibly have clean political hands?
I'd suggest yes, because he's an IT professional just like the others.
This is, of course, entirely correct: we money-grubbing, evil, capitalist right-wingers are happy to take anyone's money and what their personal politics are makes no difference to us. Mike and I would be more than happy to do websites for Labour or LibDem MPs, associations, councillors or whomever.
However, it so happens that our links are on the right and there are very many left-wingers who also build websites. Jon Worth, for instance, has built a number of Labour sites (and no right-wing ones that I know of) and I am sure that the fact that he is involved in the Labour movement has helped him to gain those contacts. I certainly don't think that there is any kind of conspiracy behind it and nor do I resent him his business (sure, I think that were we to talk politics we would probably strangle one another, but if we stuck to tech talk I think we'd get along).
Business is business and politics is politics: one should not stand in the way of the other. Fundamentally, for the moment, politics is a hobby and I still need to pay my rent: if I get to the point where I can afford to turn customers away because I don't agree with their beliefs, then I'll let you all know. And I will invite you round for a big fucking party.
Until that time, I will happily take the money of whoever wants to hire me, I will do a damn good job for them and I shall continue to pursue my own personal beliefs in the rest of my time.
Oh, and that includes calling those at LabourHome a bunch of paranoid, conspiracy-theory wankers. Next!