About Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear Design was created in 2003 by Cindy Robins, a web designer with 19 year’s full-time experience gained in the UK and USA. Since then, Cindy has established a solid client base with the majority of new customers coming from recommendations and long-standing clients who are happy to come back again and again.

As a professional and experienced web designer, Cindy offers a range of services across a variety of business sectors. Born and bred in Hampshire in the south of England, Cindy has worked with clients across the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA and can offer web design services worldwide via email and web-based systems.

How it all began…

I have always loved art, starting at a very early age when I used to draw little stick men all over the walls at home in pencil! Fortunately they came off. During my school years, art was one of my favourite subjects and I dabbled away for hours, never quite creating a masterpiece but having fun all the same.

As a young adult, I was extremely lucky to leave my humdrum retail job for a move to Florida in the late 1990’s. This was followed by a move to Texas followed by a move to California, all over an 8 year period and I now hate moving!

Whilst in California, I signed up for a degree course at a local college and graduated in 1998 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Computer Graphics. I became interested in web design and happened to be in the right place at the right time! Living in Silicon Valley in California at the time of the ‘dot com’ boom created the fabulous opportunity to work as a web and graphic designer for a number of established and start-up companies over a period of 4 years. After happily relocating back home to the UK in 2000, I was offered the position of Web & Graphic Designer for a genetics research company in Havant where I remained until they relocated to the USA in 2005.

I initially set up Prickly Pear Design in January 2003 as a part-time business opportunity whilst employed and the company has been running as a full-time business since January 2005.

And the name? I love cacti and Texas had prickly pear plants growing in abundance. The flowers were stunning therefore the business name seemed to fit the bill. Apparently they are edible too… just as long as you remove the spikes!

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