Category Archives: personal projects


Pro bono work for AXIS Dance Company

One of the ways I support Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company as President of the Board of Directors is to provide pro bono design services from time to time. Designing pro bono work for AXIS is a satisfying way to use my professional skills to serve the community. Most years, I design a series of promotional pieces for […]

D30: Exercises for Designers

For the past four weeks I’ve been taking an online course through HOW Design University, based on Jim Krause’s excellent book of the same name, D30: Exercises for Designers. “D30” refers to thirty days of hands-on exercises for designers and other creative professionals or fans to fine tune their skills and re-invigorate their connection with […]

Awards, Guest Blog Posts and Speaking Engagements

Three Horizon Interactive Awards, WordPress vs Custom Website Design, and Best Practices for Social Media Marketing The past month has been a busy one, starting with a guest presentation on best practices for social media marketing for Placemaking Group president, Dennis Erokan’s PR class at Saint Mary’s College. @deirdrespencer at my class @stmarysca about Social […]

AXIS Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary Home Season

This year marks the 25th anniversary of an arts organization that’s near to my heart, AXIS Dance Company. For a quarter century, AXIS has been an incredible asset to the local community — and far beyond. They provide engaging, inspirational educational programs on dance and collaboration and disability to local schools, outreach programs to community centers, independent […]

Interview: why I joined the AXIS Dance Company Board

In 2008 I joined a Taproot Foundation team of marketing professionals to create a brochure for AXIS Dance Company. Little did I know then that it would be the start of a great working relationship, both as a volunteer donating my time and skills to help with various marketing campaigns, and later, as a board […]

Knitting for fun and fundraisers

Knitting is the perfect pastime for a web designer. At the end of the day—or month, or several! depending on the complexity of the project—you’ve got a beautiful, functional thing that not only shows off your sense of design and style, but also your technical ability: to know your way around assorted stitches, follow, modify […]

Turning our living room into a pinhole camera

California was a great place to be for spectacular views of the annular solar eclipse yesterday. We transformed our living room into a giant pinhole camera so we could safely watch it indoors, though it was a beautiful day and at the height of the eclipse we went outside to enjoy the display of glimmering […]

2008 Horizon Interactive Awards Winner!

At home with Malcolm and Nora has won a Bronze Horizon Interactive Award for Blog design. It was up against blogs designed for Nike (for the Women’s World Cup), ABC Family, and Sony, so it was flattering to be the lone individual designer standing out in the crowd. Last year, my popular Radiohead fansite, How […]