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 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 various sites over the years.
At Intermarkets, Inc., I developed (themes & plugins) and hosted two high profile political sites. When I started in 2014, 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. Those changes got us to nearly 14,000 simultaneous users and the sites have stayed running. But I didn’t stop there, my team and I migrated the sites to AWS building out Elastic Beanstalk Apps that supported auto scaling. At last count, it could handle 40K users without breaking a sweat.
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.
Now I work for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. Part of my daily work is helping my clients have exceptional experiences with WordPress and this requires deep knowledge of the entire ecosystem and toolset. I am also a strong advocate for accessibility and am part of a group working to build better standards into everything we do.