About Us

The company and the people behind Perch

Perch and Perch Runway are products developed by UK company edgeofmyseat.com. On this page you can find out about us, why we created Perch, and some of the other things we are involved with.


The company was founded in 2001, as a web development consultancy. From the early days we were building custom content management solutions. By the time we launched Perch in 2009, we had almost eight years of experience as a company in developing CMS solutions for our clients. That experience was behind the decisions made for Perch.

Rachel Andrew

Rachel has been working on the web since 1996 and writing about the web for almost as long. Her books include the bestselling CSS Anthology from Sitepoint and recent ventures into self-publishing have seen her write The Profitable Side Project Handbook, and CSS3 Layout Modules 2nd edition. She is a regular columnist for A List Apart as well as other publications online and print. When not writing, Rachel often acts as a technical editor for other authors.

Drew McLellan

Drew is the lead developer on Perch and Perch Runway, and joined edgeofmyseat.com as a director in 2007. Prior to this Drew worked in Search Innovation for Yahoo! in London, and as a web developer and technical consultant at a number of UK design agencies.

Drew runs the popular 24 ways web design and development advent calendar and was formerly Group Lead at The Web Standards Project.

Drew McLellan

Core values behind Perch

Our experience in the industry and the things that we care about and believe are important have become the core values and aims of Perch.

Both Drew and Rachel were Web Standards Project members, and our belief that the web is for everyone is reflected in the Perch template engine. The markup output by Perch is always in your full control. This is great for design control, but also means that you are able to structure your documents in the most accessible way. Use semantic elements, ARIA roles and whatever coding standards you want to follow.

It is also reflected in the fact that the Perch Control panel is progressively enhanced, in order that everyone within a company can edit content.

We have never taken investment funding and have no plans to, nor do we have any plans for an “exit”. If you choose Perch you can be confident that our plans are all about growing the company in order to provide more to our Perch customers. We’re in this with you for the long term!

What else are we up to?

It’s vital that we stay up to date with the web industry in order that Perch and Runway meet the needs of designers in a fast-changing industry. So you will often find Drew and Rachel speaking at conferences, writing books and articles and involved in other projects. Here are a few of them.

24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks. For twenty-four days each December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer - and of course the site is built on Perch Runway.

In 2016 you can catch Rachel speaking at An Event Apart, the Mozilla View Source conference, CSSConf Asia in Singapore and many more.

Check out her Lanyrd page for details, and make sure to say hello if you are also at any of these events!