Smiley Cat web design blog is the online home of Christian Watson. Although he is British, Christian has lived in the US for over 15 years and now lives with his family in Austin, Texas. Fortunately, he has kept his accent.
For his day job he runs the online business for Observint Technologies, a manufacturer and distributor of video security products. Ecommerce websites for which he is responsible include Supercircuits.
Previously he worked in the gaming industry for several years, managing the web teams of BioWare and NCsoft. When he first arrived in Austin he worked as a web strategist for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Yes, he's been around.
In the evenings Christian tries to keep up on his blog (thanks for reading!), stay current on what's going on in web design and e-commerce, while still engaging in the appropriate level of adoration for his lovely wife, entertaining his two kids, and keeping up his Xbox gamer score.
Before moving to Austin from Seattle, Christian was the ran the web team for Seattle Children's Hospital for 4+ years. He was and still remains in awe of the doctors and nurses there and the amazing things they do for kids.
Prior to joining Children's, Christian worked as a management consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates on projects for a variety of large retail clients. It was during this time that he was introduced to the world of e-commerce and he was immediately hooked.
After leaving KSA, Christian got more heavily into web design and freelanced for a year or so before realizing that the offer of a regular salary and work hours was a pretty tempting one.