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Jason Mayo  

Meet Jason Mayo

Meet Jason Mayo, the co-founder of Shape, where the magic of web design and development began.

Jason ditched the corporate path to team up with Andy. Despite dreaming of being a firefighter in his youth, Jason's path led him to design and eventually co-found Shape. From bringing creative visions to life to diving into the intricacies of web development, Jason adds a touch of innovation to every project.

Outside of Shape, Jason is a devoted dad to his four-legged companion, Sully, who comes to the studio from time to time 🐾

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Cycling. Cycling. Cycling.
Saw Ed Sheeran live before he was famous
Eats too much cheese
Drinks far too much pepsi max
Mainly watches horror or war films

You’re co-founder of Shape. How did it all start?

I’d been freelancing all the way through University and in the final year I knew I didn't want this to change — I didn’t want to work for anybody else, I wanted to pursue my own goals and build my own thing. This is when I got put in touch with Andy who was looking for a developer for the work he was doing for his freelance clients (due to his Macromedia Flash skills no longer being valid!), and it all boomed from there. I developed websites whilst he designed them. Then we decided it would just be better if we merged… So sat in my Dad’s house, we came up with the name Shape, the rest is history.

Have you always wanted to be a web designer/developer?

Like most people you never end up with your “dream job” do you? Up until nearly school leaving age I wanted to do a more physically demanding job… a fireman! I used to be obsessed with anything fire-related (I wasn’t an arsonist!) But because of a lack of physical fitness and a new interest in design, I never pursued that career.

What's your favourite aspect of working at Shape?

Every project we work on brings a different set of challenges and something new to learn. The fact that we do this means that we progress our skills and every day is interesting and new.

Did you ever think when you were younger that you’d own your own company?

In the back of my head, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. My dad ran his own company for a few years, and I know that inspired me to give a bash at it myself. I even remember designing posters, bookmarks, and flyers (by hand!) with the latest cartoons on them (Simpsons, South Park etc!) and selling them on the local estate, I suppose the entrepreneur was always in me!

What’s your favourite night spot in Manchester?

Oooo, now this changes regularly. If it’s a bit of a chilled night, I’m down for a bit of Whiskey Jar or Lost Cat. I do also like brewery pubs like Northern Monk, Seven Brothers, and Track.

Which project was most satisfying for you to work on?

Even though it’s a few years old now, and one of the first “big” projects we worked on… it has to be “Blackberry - A Calendar of Tales”. The thing that I enjoyed about this project was that it pushed me quite hard to learn new things in such a short period of time (not to mention physically also — there were a fair few 16-hour days!) It was also the first job we’d got working with such well-known people (Neil Gaiman) and companies (Blackberry)

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