S8080 Founders

Chris Cowell and Matt Howard the founders of S8080

S8080 is a web design and development company, founded by Matt Howard and Chris Cowell.

The two directors started their independent web design agency in 2000. Being very hands-on, Chris and Matt will kick-off most projects and run the alignment, information architecture and user experience phases with you.

They have over 40 years of industry experience between them working on digital media projects for large public sector, private sector and NGO clients.

Chris Cowell, Creative Director

Chris Cowell, Creative Director

Chris is the Creative Director at S8080 and started the digital agency with Matt way back in 2000. Before that, Chris ran a digital illustration and branding agency, worked on projects for British Airways, Clarks Shoes, 20th Century Fox, Virgin and Tesco.

Web design experience

Chris oversees all website designs and creative output at S8080 having worked on digital projects for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, O2, Capital 1, BBC, COI, Ministry of Justice, Ryder Cup Wales, NHS, CITB Construction Skills and Expedia. Chris is responsible for revitalising many organisations online, including the Business.Wales website and the recent re-launch of the new 10 Downing Street website.

With a career spanning 25 years, 14 of those purely digital, his experience covers digital marketing, branding, usability and all aspects of engagement.

A passionate outdoorsman, bass player, cyclist and keen photographer, Chris is happiest in the mountains and to celebrate his 40th birthday, he walked the length of Wales, 270 miles via a high-level route with his tent on his back. He has three young sons and far too many hobbies.

I must have one of the best jobs in the world, seriously! To be able to work in a regional web design agency and service some of the clients we are lucky enough to look after is a dream - and we still get to live in beautiful Wales.

Chris Cowell - Creative Director

Matt Howard, Technical Director

Matt Howard, Technical Director

Matt formed their website development company with Chris back in 2000. With over 600 commercial user experience, website development and technical build projects under his belt, he manages the ever growing and fanatical technical and user experience teams at S8080.

Web development experience

Key large scale recent projects include the Prime Minister’s Number10.gov.uk site, Department of Energy and Climate Change, National Assembly for Wales, Wales Audit office, Ofsted and many more projects for central government and Welsh government.

Matt is an experienced information architect and usability testing consultant working on large national projects including Ministry of Justice, Judicial Communications Office, Business Link, Visit Wales, NHS, National Assembly for Wales, CITB Construction Skills, Business.Wales and many, many more.

Meticulous and considered at work, things go a little awry in his spare time. Some would say he’s a fanatical windsurfer, having travelled and lived on numerous tropical islands riding big waves... and now living on the beautiful Gower looking forward to stormy days.

When we set up S8080, one of our goals was to build a team based in Wales delivering professional web design services to a very high level, being able to stand alongside the largest London based UK web design agencies. Now, with the work we have done on Department of Energy and Climate Change, Adobe, Judiciary, No10 and many more I feel we’re at that level – which is fantastic, and I’m lucky enough to be able to enjoy the weekends on Gower.

Matt Howard - Technical Director

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If you would like to chat about how S8080 could help you design and develop your web site, contact us or email info@s8080.com.

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