The story of Ottobyte

Once upon a time…

There was a young web designer named Michael Otton. Michael lived in the beautiful suburbs of leafy Guildford in Surrey. For many years, he practised the craft of creating wonderful websites for the financial services sector.

Picture of family

As the arrow of time progressed, Michael realised that the path to true happiness lay somewhere else, away from the corporate playbook. A literal bump on the head and a mental breakdown sealed the deal.

Something needed to change, life being too precious to feel that bad. Instead of changing the world, brightening up just a small bit of it would be a great start, especially online!

Has he succeeded yet? No! but it's the journey, not the destination.

Picture of Oreo the cat

With the aid of his assistant Oreo the cat, an EDM fan himself, he went about changing his life and others for the better. More importantly his passion for creativity, hunger to learn and desire to exceed expectations drives his daily life.

In his spare time, Michael spends time with his family, walks in the Surrey Hills and makes obnoxious and beautiful noises with his synthesizers.

The Skills


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Sketch
  • Affinity Designer
  • Affinity Photo
  • Hype
  • Sublime Text
  • Atom
  • Codekit
  • Tower


  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • WordPress
  • Sass
  • Compass
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Middleman
  • Jekyll
  • jQuery
  • Git