Welcome to Helicon Design
from Company Director Fergal Kearney
A Very Warm Welcome to Helicon Design, Northern Ireland’s top web design company.
We aim to become the leading Northern Ireland web designer. I have named my company Helicon Design in honour of the poet Seamus Heaney who was a long term acquaintance and latterly a friend. In his poem Personal Helicon, Seamus recalls his fascination with the places and spaces of his childhood and how these continued to resonate in his work over many years.
I have long had a fascination with technology, favouring the latest toy and gadget over the exploration of my own back yard. In a somewhat similar vein to Seamus Heaney, I have lately taken this love of all things digital and turned my passion into my business.
For the last six years, I have been trading as Fergal Kearney Photography & Design. This has worked well on the professional photography side of the business, but the design side became overshadowed by the imagery side. For that reason, I am setting Fergal Kearney Photography free to focus on making the best client imagery in the world; and the Design element of the business has become – you’ve guessed it – Helicon Design.
About the Business
I became a web designer when I first set up in business after receiving eye-watering quotes for designing my website. As an early adopter of new technologies, my first instinct was to do the thing myself. Thus began a journey of discovery through the complex world of code, content and search engine optimisation. Then I came across a platform called WordPress; at first a baffling, incomprehensible jumble of jargon and tech; latterly my principal web design platform. The website you are looking at now is built on that platform, which has improved in its sophistication and adaptability since I first used it six years ago.
WordPress, or website design of any kind, is not for the faint hearted. There are lots of quick fix solutions out there, with off the shelf web development software claiming to provide you with an immediate solution to your business needs. I’ve tried them all and I can tell you they aren’t going to do that for you.
I’ve become a WordPress expert through trial and error, through highs and lows, frustration and exasperation. So I have done the hard bit. Now you can be rest assured that I have done all the learning to make your new website a real success.
Complete Digital Solutions
Let’s get back to the great Seamus Heaney. Imagine if Seamus had always dreamt of being a poet, but never actually wrote anything down, never actually got any of his work published. He wouldn’t have got far as one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. Similarly, creating a website is a complete folly unless you understand how to get the most out of it. That means choosing the right title (your web domain) right publisher (your web host), the right content management system (WordPress), the best SEO solution (that’s search engine optimisation), and the very best designer (that’s me!).
Interested? Get in Touch
Get in touch with me today for a no obligation chat about what is possible. I look forward to working with you.