I played albums in grade school. I saved high school papers on floppies. I recorded college radio spots reel-to-reel and edited video news packages tape-to-tape.
For me becoming fluent in tech as a second language is a strength. I am an effective translator, grounded in my intention to use virtual means to achieve beyond-virtual outcomes. A few memorable landmarks on my digital journey are a TRS-80 visiting my sixth grade classroom, my parents bringing home an Apple II, being part of the first newspaper staff at my high school to learn Pagemaker and editing short films for university projects using Avid.
Some time after that, my boss asked me if I wanted to try building a website using Frontpage. “Sure, ” I said. “New Microsoft program, no problem.” I had no idea.
I really didn't mean to learn any code, but I liked the medium so I did—an HTML tag here, a snippet of CSS there. Embarrassingly slow and sporadic process at first, and then I realized: I like designing for the web, and it’s not enough for me to be a competent user. I want to be an effective designer.
I use what I learn to help people and small businesses design and manage websites and all things linked.
My unique contribution to web design is that I combine a compulsive fascination with how it all works and my lifelong vocation, storytelling in various forms and media. I focus on meeting and engaging an online audience and sharing a motivating story.