I am the owner and creative designer at Think Visually Design Studio
This website represents my design studio, and is the place I blog about graphic design, web design and technology, as well as mindfulness and self-growth particularly as it pertains to small business owners, creatives and freelancers.
I'm kind of unique in that I am three things in one: I am a web designer, a web developer and a graphic designer.
I specialize in WordPress web design, graphic design and custom digital illustrations. I offer my design services to service-based business, creative entrepreneurs and small business owners on a mission to make the world a better place by sharing their gifts and talents with others.
This is important to me because I want to do whatever I can do to make heart-centered business owners succeed. Their success is the world's success.
Before setting up shop and starting my own business back in 2013, I spent 20 years as an educator in public schools and 5 years as an instructional designer and eLearning developer. I actually started this great adventure as a fine art student and graphic designer.
My first introduction to computers and digital art & design was through PhotoShop many years ago. I was immediately smitten and eventually moved from teaching art to teaching technology, web design, digital graphics, animation and multimedia.
I have had a crazy career path that began as an Art Therapist (I have a master’s degree in Art Therapy), which eventually morphed into a career as an elementary school art teacher (a lot of fun and creativity), which turned into a career as a high school multimedia and web mastering teacher, which led to being promoted to the district level as an instructional designer and technology trainer, which eventually led to me changing careers and becoming an eLearning and multimedia developer, which led to me opening my first business back in 2013, which was a direct line to Think Visually Design Studio.
I am not just a web designer; I am also a web developer and a graphic designer. Why is that important?
You will save a lot of time and money because you only have to work with one person instead of three. You won't have to find a separate web designer to design your website, then a web developer to build your website and finally a graphic designer to create the visual branding collateral for your website and entire online (and offline) presence.
You'll save a lot time because you don't have to communicate and coordinate your goals, design preferences, creative briefs, and requirements with three different people.
What does this mean for you? I won't disappear for 3-6 months while I work on your project.
You'll be there every step of the way with me - meaning when your project is delivered, you won't be shocked or defeated because you've seen every step of design and build process, offering feedback and direction.
This is huge! But it's the natural way I work because I work best when I've got ideas to bounce and create off of. I don't like working in a vacuum!
Too often clients have told me nightmare stories of hiring designers who never communicated anything while their website was being built. Once their site was delivered they felt totally defeated because in the end, the designer got it wrong!
One of the main things my clients love about working with me is being given the ability to see their website being built while it is being built.
HTML & CSS – I've been a certified web master and have been creating websites since 2001. I have trained individuals and groups, and created training materials and online training on HTML and CSS.
WORDPRESS – I have used WordPress since 2007. Over the past 10+ years I have offered training and workshops, and developed training materials for WordPress. I am experienced at both developing for, designing in and using both the WordPress and WordPress Multisite platforms. I offer customization, management and support of WordPress.
PHOTOSHOP – I have been an avid Photoshop user since 1994. In that time I have not only been involved in creating training and training materials, but have used the program continuously in both a personal and professional capacity.
Graphic Design – I received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston (SC). After moving to NYC, I took graphic design and illustration courses at the School of Visual Arts for several years. I have been a freelance graphic designer since 2001.
Video & Audio Editing – Soon after I learned how to use Photoshop, my next big step was to learn video editing and production. Although I haven’t worked in video as continuously as Photoshop and web design, I have been working with video and video production since 1996.
Pinterest - Being a visual and creative entrepreneur, I quickly gravitated towards Pinterest. It's such a great tool for gathering inspiration and resources. I share a great deal of content on Pinterest, mostly around topics pertaining to design, art and being a small business owner.
Instagram - Being on Instagram was a no-brainer, although it took me a while to get there. I'm a little bit shy about sharing personal stuff about myself. I didn't think my life was all that interesting. But I'm making a concerted effort to relax and share more. Instagram is mostly where I do that.
TWITTER - I have a personal twitter account where I like to rant and rave about a lot of things going on in the world. I'll spare you that and share my business Twitter account with you. I love twitter and it's where I mostly try and connect with peers, potential clients, industry movers and shakers, etc. I share design related resources and information there.
LINKEDIN - I've never warmed to LinkedIn but I have the obligatory LinkedIn profile because I'm a good girl (mostly) and someone once said I should. It's just not my cup of tea. You'll rarely find me hanging out there but you can view my profile and connect if you'd like.