I like to build things.

When I was little I used Lego bricks to build houses, now I use HTML, CSS, PHP and other exciting things to build straightforward and effective websites.

I set up my web design business in 2006, building small websites for friends to gain experience. In 2008 I began working with real clients and have since taken my business from strength to strength. In 2014 I went from Sole Trader to Limited Company.

If you want more detail on how I got here you can read the long version or browse my Curriculum Vitae.

About the name Joke

The name Joke is a Dutch first name (for girls) and it comes from Hebrew meaning God is good. It’s pronounced Yoka.

I am not Dutch though, I am Flemish (from Belgium). And in case you were wondering, yes, the combination of my first name and last name does cause for confusion on the web sometimes.


Jokes about winter

A small selection of some jokes with a wintry theme. Because of my name. And because Google occasionally sends people here when they are looking for jokes about winter.

Cold winter

From: Jokes About Network

The Indians asked their Chief in autumn if the winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared.

Old home

From: Basic Jokes

We purchased an old home in Northern New York State from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and I was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation. “If they could live here all those years, so can we!” my husband confidently declared.

Bob and his wife

From: Jokes About Network

Bob and his wife live in Toledo, Ohio. One winter morning while listening to the radio, they hear the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through.” Bob’s wife goes out and moves her car.

When I grow up I want to be...

The beginning

When I was little I could think of many interesting things I wanted to do in life: F16 pilot, firefighter, astronaut, … . But in the end I decided to settle on a life as a computer programmer. I was attracted by all those exciting combinations you can make with just a 1 and 0. The craftsmanship it takes to create a computer programme, the beauty of the code, the simplicity of just 2 digits and yet so much potential power, like poetry.

Moving on

So I went and did a degree in IT and I genuinely enjoyed it too. But it was not to be. By the time I graduated I had changed my mind. The thought of a desk job until retirement did not appeal and along came plan B: photography.

I did a degree in Photography as well (I collect degrees. It’s like a stamp collection, but more expensive) and ended up working as a press photographer for the Derby Evening Telegraph for eight years.

Going back

But after eight years of photographing pretty much everything that happened in Derby and Derbyshire I was ready for a change and a new challenge. My collection of degrees had been left abandoned in the corner for too long. I felt the time had come for the hat-trick. Not wanting to waste the previous two, and because I had begun to miss the beauty of code (seriously), I looked for something that could combine the two. And I found it in web design, degree number three (I think that’s enough now). And no, I have no intention to turn this into a desk job until I retire. They have laptops and wireless networks now, so if I get tired of sitting at my desk, I can move into the garden.

The present

So there you have it, that’s me: Joke de Winter, web designer and photographer – although these days more web designer than photographer.

If you would like to work with me on a project or make an enquiry on web design (other subjects are fine too, but I am rubbish at football) then get in touch.