Tag Archives: web design

New Website Launched for Simpson Manufacturing


This fall I started working as a web design contractor at Simpson Strong-Tie Company, working on a total redesign of the investor-facing website for their parent company, Simpson Manufacturing. This new website features an entirely new section has been created to inform the public about the company’s commitment to social responsibility, whether through environmental efforts, […]

Working for Simpson Strong-Tie


Exciting news! This week, I’m starting a new contracting gig through The Creative Group, working on site at Simpson Strong-Tie as a member of their growing marketing department’s web design and development team. I’m looking forward to trying something new and getting to know a new group of web design professionals. My posts here may […]

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 […]

Happy Spring! Recent WordPress Launches


The first part of this year has been busy with styling WordPress themes for a number of The Placemaking Group‘s clients. I’m also eyeball deep in social media management and am really looking forward to sharing best practices at Placemaking Group’s president, Dennis Erokan’s PR class at St. Mary’s next week.

High Performance Web Sites by Steve Souders


Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers Over six years since its first publication, this concise little book remains relevant, listing 14 ways to improve your website’s performance that still hold true today. As a designer, particularly having come from a print design background, I often spend large chunks of web design projects primarily focused on look […]

New Launch for The Placemaking Group: Microscope Hub


MicroscopeHub.com, an online store for high quality, brand name microscopes, is a recent e-commerce website launch by Placemaking Group. As senior designer on the project, I was involved in its design and website production. From The Placemaking Group’s website: Microscope Hub is an online store providing high quality, brand name microscopes at fair prices. We structured and designed their […]

WordPress theme design for a food writer

Mini Case Study – Vanessa Barrington


Vanessa is a cook and author specializing in writing about food justice, urban agriculture, and sustainability. She had a dated website as well as a TypePad blog with disparate designs, and with a beautiful new cookbook, DIY Delicious, due to be published, it was time to unify and refreshen her web presence with a more […]

Just launched! Speak. Serve. Grow.


Kristin Thompson, a professional speaker and coach based in Portland, Oregon, has seen her popularity skyrocket in recent years as she’s gained recognition helping entrepreneurs, coaches, and consultants use public speaking opportunities to market their businesses. It was time to take her website’s look to the next level to match the growth of her business […]

Mini Case Study: Joaquin Miller School


Joaquin Miller’s website had outgrown its structure over the years, making its wealth of content difficult to navigate and find. I completely reorganized and redesigned the site to meet modern standards and reflect the school’s vibrant community. Features of this 2010 Bronze Horizon Interactive Award winner include a Google Calendar, allowing the parent community to […]