I got a Macintosh 512Ke in 1986 and probably made my first poster that same week. All through the years I have played with design, making silly art for myself, newsletters for my friends and, later, various communities of which I have been a part, and anything else that gave me an excuse to play with MacPaint, Studio 8, Studio 32, MacDraw, MacDraft, Canvas, PageMaker (Aldus and Adobe!), Photoshop, Bryce, FrameMaker, InDesign, Illustrator, Acorn, Pixelmator, Lightroom… you get the idea.
In addition to designing websites, I have also designed and created many posters, fliers, brochures, one-pagers, and presentations for clients over the years. Years of marketing experience coupled with my own expertise in social media has drawn me to social media marketing and search engine optimization (SEO), which I have used to improve search engine rankings for my own NavigatingTheWaters.com blog and Ozmott’s corporate web site.
I am currently (latter half of 2014) managing two high profile political websites for Intermarkets, Inc. When I started in June, the sites would buckle if there were more than about 1,400 simultaneous users. I optimized the existing themes, removed or swapped out poor performing plugins, and worked with our hosting provider to improve our database connections. So far, we’ve hit nearly 14,000 simultaneous users and the sites have stayed running.
I have designed new themes for both sites in WordPress from the ground up using Bootstrap that are highly responsive, accessible, and allow for maximum editorial flexibility.