When I was 13, I recorded with a Bay Area opera singer on her CD. When she completed the CD, we exchanged emails and she asked if I could design her a personal website to accompany the CD. At the time, I was designing a website for my family (who else?) and included a working link at the bottom of my emails. She clicked through and was impressed so she asked if I could help her. That is where I started web design.
More than a decade later, web design skills are surprisingly in demand as everyone needs a web presence of some kind. From a personal website to a blog to a company website, the proliferation of internet access means that more and more people want to find information on the web.
I am not a professional web designer. I don’t pretend to be. But I do enjoy designing websites and developing helpful solutions for individuals and groups alike. Whether it’s adding a photo gallery for my acappella group or designing a website for an entire organization, I take pleasure in starting from scratch or updating/expanding whatever sites you have. It’s really about tailoring a solution to you, not forcing the latest Web 2.0 technology upon you.
And so, I am offering my skills as a freelance web designer for small projects. I usually work by the hour:
$30/hour + any additional costs (such as buying a domain name, email addresses, etc.)
Here are some typical projects that I take on:
- Buying and setting up a domain (for instance, http://www.yourname.com)
- Setting up personalized email addresses for yourself or a group (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Designing and setting up a blog or static website
- Teaching you how to use and update your blog or website
- Updating and/or redesigning your current website
- Implementing a method for user feedback or interactive features
- Consulting for larger projects, websites, logos, etc.
I do some graphic design work myself, but I also have a list of folks who are able to help create what you are looking for if you need something custom-made. I prefer clean and sleek designs but do ask if you would like more intricate solutions. I also take photos, if needed.
These are industry-standard tools I use regularly: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, various content management systems including Drupal and WordPress, Cyberduck FTP, a Mac, and Google Apps. I do not do animations, Flash, or gimmicky stuff.
Overall, I prefer quick, simple, and no-frills web solutions. I strive to be professional, fast, and practical while providing excellent design work at all times. Please contact me if you have questions, inquiries, or to get references. I most likely can give you a quote within 48 hours.
email: ryan at ryankellett dot com