Everything, everything everything about a web site should inform your visitors: it should tell them immediately what they came for while subtly conveying who you are.
It takes a wide range of skills to do this well. You can get these by hiring a full-service agency or by hiring me. When I teach web design, I draw on skills from each of my previous careers:
I am not a programmer, but if you need interactivity, I can integrate off-the-shelf, "open source" programs that do most of the tasks you're likely to need. Take a look at my portfolio below. If you don't see your favorite style ask me; I can replicate any look. [Note: some of these sites were done with big help from Chris George my previous programming partner who's gone on to design of non-violent video games.]
Full-featured, mobile-responsive sites
This site based in WordPress integrates a shopping cart , multimedia, and interactive calendar for a historically black church
in Fairfax Virginia.
Information intensive sites
Bahamas tourism At over 100 pages,
this was one of my first large sites, and it's still dearest to my heart.
Although I'm eager to get back and update its look, my client tells me
that its personal approach has paid off: Nearly 50 customers a week walk
into his cafe saying, "We loved your site and can't wait
to try your key lime pie."
of Institute for Health Freedom: For this health care think tank I
reformatted for consistency over 100 pages of reports and press releases.
for Minaret of Freedom: One of my early projects for a Muslim-American think tank had over 100 pages of academic reports,
press releases, and other documents.
I reorganized the documents so they could be found by topic and suggested
ways the site could better serve first-time visitors in the wake of 9/11.
Graphics intensive sites
Banker Lightbourn Real Estate This site features million dollar
homes and private islands in the Bahamas. An open source content
management system permits easy upload of new properties.
Street Gallery The owner tells me this site paid for itself in the
first month. Sophisticated art of the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Minnis Chris did most of the work on this site for a famous family
of artists and musicians. He made it easy for them to upload new images,
sell online, and track their fans.
Small Business Sites
Georgetown: The owner of this media hotspot "on the best
corner of the most important city in the world" wanted a blog
she could manipulate manually in Dreamweaver rather than with blog
technology. The content challenge was to integrate her media interviews
with the restaurant site in a form she could manage herself. (The restaurant is now closed; the new site I built for her in Typepad features her work as a society writer for Washingtonian Magazine.)
A simple site for a firm that sells security devices. I did the original site and am now upgrading it to be mobile responsive.
Related experience: See my resumé.
References: Please contact owners of any of these sites via the main address on their pages above or ask me for their personal email addresses. I'm pretty sure they'll tell you that I get each job done on time and exactly the way they want it—or better.
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