About The Author & This Website

Who is Ugly Duck?

I’m Bradley Taunt, a web designer/developer hybrid with over 10 years of professional experience across large enterprise application software, all the way down to mom-and-pop shops. I have a strong emphasis on building maintainable CSS, with a passion for accessibility and web performance. Ugly Duck is the name of my one-man web shop.

When I’m not pushing pixels or hacking up some code, you can find me experimenting with the latest CSS, splitting batches of firewood, cheering on the Ottawa Senators, or hanging out with my wife and our two sons.

Feel free to also check out my reading list.


Working as a designer at Purism, the maker of devices that are open and respect human rights. Currently designing and developing all web-related properties.

Skills & Tools

HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, WordPress, React, Sketch, Photoshop, Inkscape, GIMP


A collection of on-going and open source projects I’ve worked on throughout the years.


This website is heavily inspired by the low-power version of Low Tech Magazine. I love the concept of keeping things as simple as possible on the web, hence why I use zero custom typefaces and shy away from implementing any heavy libraries, plugins or scripts.

Have questions or suggestions? Feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Interested in some of my open source projects? Check out my repos. Want to work together? Email me.