Breaking the Ice
Since I was a child I’ve always been fascinated by technology, art, and together their ability to captivate an audience.
I grew up in south Seattle during the 1980s and 90s, my introduction to a personal computer happening in the heyday of Windows 3.1, Netscape Navigator, and when Amazon was still just in Jeff Bezos’ home garage.
In the 5th grade, with the guidance of a kind science teacher, I created my own personal website, writing the HTML from scratch. When I moved to high school, I began exploring Adobe’s professional tools, such as Photoshop and Premiere, as well as familiarizing myself with the fundamentals of Java and Shockwave. My personal site grew from a blog and artwork showcase to also featuring web-based games I’d created, essentially interactive fiction with time-based action sequences. Separately, I branched out into video production as a hobby, including motion graphics, for class projects and student groups.
While being creative and captivating an audience was the bedrock of much of my education, my early professional career instead focused on the importance of data security and developing high quality, informative content that can be easily navigated and pulled up remotely. In a nutshell, I helped first responders across the country gather information about public buildings and add that to an online system for use in an emergency, my last two years there largely spent serving as a traveling project manager and facilitator.
Hoping to spend more of my time closer to family and friends, I returned to traditional web and graphic design in the Seattle area. Before long, I found myself helping businesses of all stripes optimize their websites, develop new brands, improve the quality of their content, understand their customers better, and supervise marketing production. You’re right, that’s a lot of hats, but it’s kept me nimble, and with ecommerce I love there’s always something new to investigate and discover.
My prime directives: (1) Show the utmost respect for your audience, make a real effort to imagine yourself in their shoes, (2) always sweat the small stuff doing design in any shape or form, and (3) love what you do, even if it might not be every hour of every day.
So there it is, that’s what I’m about. If you have a project or other opportunity you’d like to chat about, shoot me a note through the contact page. We can arrange a phone call or meet for coffee if you’re near Seattle, Redmond, or Tacoma.