I believe that a website's design should capture the spirit of what it represents.
The way a website looks often communicates more about a person, group or business than the written content. Whether it's by using the perfect photo, the ideal font or the best graphic, I hope my designs show off my clients more than words alone can.
But, words are important, too. So, I make sure each site is built on solid design principles. Text should be easily read and formatted to organize and communicate information efficiently. I worked for two years designing newspaper advertisements as well (see some examples here) and love the challenge of arranging text to deliver clear and powerful messages.
I create websites through a combination of graphic design tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, plus website programming in HTML, CSS and PHP. I also use the open-source content management system Drupal when required. Plus, I have a host of specialty applications that let me add videos, slideshows and all kinds of dynamic content (see the sidebar on my Services page for more examples).
In my spare time, I'm a freelance journalist and have written for the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Courier, Maisonneuve magazine, The Tyee and The Escapist (see samples here). I have an adorable ferret named Gus, collect pirate-related books and toys, and love to read.