So, why should you hire me?
Skills. I got 'em.
Fourteen years is a lot of time to learn. Which is why I'm an expert in many areas of web design and development. But more than my skills is how I apply them.
I'm a craftsman. I not only care about what people see, I care about what they don't see. (Go ahead. View source.)
Of course I strive for the most semantic, accessible and valid markup possible. But I also continually fine-tune my development to achieve the best markup for a project. Sometimes that means accessibility over validity or non-semantic to achieve presentational goals.
I love experimenting with the latest CSS3 techniques, designing for the "web of tomorrow." But I also understand needs for a site that delivers even in IE6.
When it comes to ExpressionEngine, my goal isn't to use every feature and technique. Instead, I transform EE into a CMS that meets my clients needs, efficiently and easily.
Sometimes it is knowing what not to do.
My job isn't to just write HTML and CSS or create a CMS. My job is to deliver the best end result for each client, all the while honoring today's web standards, accessibility and the semantic web.
I've worn many hats.
Web development is where I (happily) landed, but I've also had the opportunity to work as a producer, project manger, copywriter/editor, back-end developer, digital marketer and corporate trainer.
I've also been lucky to work with a wide range of companies, from small one-person shops, to mid-sized family-owned businesses, to large multi-national corporations.
What this means for you is that I understand the big picture and the details.
While I specialize in design in development, my perspective isn't strictly front-end focused. I understand the needs and requirements for all phases of a web project, regardless of size and scope.
And because I've been in their shoes, I relate well to all team players. I speak and understand their language, whether it is programming or marketing or management.
Who I know is just as important as what I know.
I love community, and I'm very active both locally and globally. I am the Managing Editor of Web Standards Sherpa and Co-host for EE Podcast. I also write for several industry publications and speak at conferences across the country.
I've met and worked with talented professionals from all over the world: graphic designers, content strategy consultants, Flash developers, UX specialists, copywriters, PHP developers and more. Basically, I'm connected.
What this means for you is that if I can't do it, I know someone who can.
If your project needs exceed my scope of services, I have a huge resource network I can tap for assistance. Or, if I'm not the right fit for your project, I can confidently recommend web professionals who may be a better match.