For my own Personal Growth and the sheer joy of design
Personal growth is the increase of truth, beauty, and goodness. To increase in these things we have to chase them in whatever ways we find interesting and compelling.
One way I personally seek growth is through exploring website design, writing, and imagery. As a result, I've gained a bit of knowledge and skill in these areas and occasionally I take on an outside project.
How I Work
Working with me is a paradoxical experience of very relaxed collaboration and intense production. In everything I do I tend to obsess on One Thing until it's finished, so you'll find me very available and active on your project for our time together. There's also a relatively quick turnaround time. On the other hand, I'm a pretty zen, flexible, casual, and undemanding person. I know what it feels like to know what I want... and NOT to know. Design takes patience and sometimes trial and error with fonts, colors, images, and tone. My philosophy is to make haste... slowly.
If you're looking for an easy, relaxed, casual, experience that increases the beauty and goodness in your life and doesn't require you to have a lot of knowledge, this could be for you. Below is more information about what I offer.
How I Can Help
Do you already have a website, but spend too much time trying to find images that both fit your brand, and go with each other? The struggle is real. I've spent years creating my own process for curating, editing, and managing photos for my brand and others.
I regularly create collections of high quality, free-to-use images on Unsplash. I even received an award in Spring 2018 for my efforts. (Significance? Sorta like being verified on Twitter.) If you explore these free collections you may find what you're looking for already created. If not, for a reasonable fee (depending on your needs), I can curate a private collection just for you, specific to your brand, from the hundreds of thousands of images available on Unsplash.
The Curated Soul is one example of a Squarespace website that I've customized. I design with Squarespace because it's low maintenance, secure, and has gorgeous templates. You can check those out here. This website was created from the Sonora template.
If you need a new website or want an upgrade to a sleek, modern look with minimal maintenance and hassle, Squarespace is a great option. If you don't want to do it yourself, then I can help in part or whole, depending on your needs. Choosing and/or customizing a template and creating the overall design and flow of the site, choosing fonts, colors, images, and copywriting are all in my skill set. For an example of what I can do for you, look there. →
Brand Vibe and Copywriting
Website design in both function and form isn't all you need for great representation. You also need to tell the right story, in the right way, to connect with those you're trying to reach. The pages of your website do the bulk of that storytelling work.
The moment someone comes to your website or social media account they're first hit by a visual "vibe" from the images, layout, colors, fonts, and graphics. Their judgment of you and what you're about begins instantly. The writing either confirms or denies their impression. I can help with all of this by degrees from consultation for cohesiveness, to doing it for you if we're a good fit. The website above is an example of me taking the reins of a website and doing the writing.
Process and Pricing
Working with me begins with you thinking, "I love her work, I want help, and I like the idea of making haste slowly in a productive but casual process. I think she could help me bring my vision to life."
Because I value flexibility for me and you, I don't offer packages that could pinch us both. I price on a case-by-case basis according to what you want. I like being flexible on terms of payment as well. I've even bartered at times.
F L E X I B L E
That said, let me give you a range. On the lower end is $150 for an image consultation and 100 do-whatever-you-want-with-them-images curated for your brand onto a private image board. Can you envision not having to worry about images for your website or blog? Oh! It's a huge relief. I testify.
On the other end of the spectrum, for a more comprehensive project with website, branding, images, social media bios, and some copywriting it will be closer to $4000, more or less, depending on details. If you have a tight budget, we can discuss how you can get the most for your money.
But Can You do this...?
Of course there's always the question, but can you do X? Web design is a huge category!
Some general answers:
Q: Can you create my social media bios, blurbs, and images or write my author bio?
A: Yep. Usually pretty quickly and easily. So if this is bothering you, offload it to someone who finds it fun and easy!
Q: Can you create my logo, edit my logo, or create graphics or templates for social media?
A: I don't create logos, but I can sometimes edit them. I can do some simpler graphic design and yes I can create social media templates to complement your brand.
First, know this. If you're still here, we might be a good fit!
But I know what it feels like to resist contacting someone. You see a beautiful website, feel like you really could connect with a service provider, and yet you can still be intimidated or concerned about contacting them. Sometimes it doesn't feel like intimidation or concern. It just feels like procrastination.
If you feel intimidated, like you're not sure if your needs are reasonable or doable, try to relax and let me take that burden. If you can't get where you want to go from here, then I'll tell you why and try to point you in the right direction.
I'm very clear about what I can and can't do, and I'll pass that clarity on to you. I LIKE helping those who think my knowledge and eye for design is magic. If that's you, then we are a match made in heaven. Let's chat!
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