Great design means connecting with your community.

So you need a new website, and you’re wondering where to start. How do you find a designer and developer who’s the right fit for you? You don’t need to know everything that goes into making a great website. You just need to find someone you trust who understands your organization and can walk you through the process.

With 20 years of community organizing and non-profit work under my belt, I understand how stressful it can be to get a new website off the ground while also running a successful organization. I think simple is best, and don’t want to oversell you on a giant project. Your website should link to your strategic goals. It should address your key users top needs. And it should do so in a well designed manner, both visually and structurally. Your new site should be responsive and accessible. And it should use the latest stable technology, where appropriate.

When I take on your website project, I make sure we start with a solid strategy before we design the structure and visual components. I specialize in building sites on WordPress, because it is open source and easy to update and maintain. I can also work with NationBuilder if that’s what you need. While I love taking on an entire website build, I also love focusing on the code if you’ve already got a designer in mind.

From zines to board meetings

I started designing zines and building websites in the late 90s with indymedia and Public Interest Research Groups. In the 2000s, I worked at SFPIRG teaching student activists strategic planning and design and helped organize much-loved Vancouver events like Under the Volcano and the People’s Prom.

My love of design led me to becoming an in-house graphic and web designer at the Vancouver Public Library, where I worked for 8 years. I have also worked as a graphic designer at the Vancouver Community College and a web developer at Vancity Credit Union.

My formal education includes: a BA in English and Women’s Studies from UVic, communication and design from Emily Carr, Leadership in Community Organizations from the Justice institute, and Front-end Web Development from Hackeryou.

If you’re interested in reading more about my education or work experience, check out my LinkedIn profile.

Social Justice with Style

What does this all add up to? I have the rare combination of professional design and development experience and a solid understanding of how non-profits work. I speak your language, know your audience, and can advise you on website best practices that fit your specific needs.

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