30 years of Writing,
Design and Development Experience
The Power to Imagine. The Power to Create. The Power to Explore.
–tagline from my first business called Explore Graphics
I am a creator.
Whether it’s an article about space, a website, a WordPress plugin, a photograph, a poem…I cannot imagine a life without the simple act of breathing life to something new.
Originally, I wanted to be an astronomer. The sky fascinates me. I was hooked at aged eight — the moment I first realized the fuzzy patch beneath the Belt of Orion is a stellar nursery; the birthplace of stars.
In college I discovered writing. Instead of an astronomy degree, I became a journalist. Deeply influenced by the PBS show Cosmos, I endeavored to be the next Carl Sagan and graduated from the University of Kansas with a science writing degree. I became a newspaper editor and eventually published articles in Astronomy, Earth, Final Frontier, Air & Space Smithsonian and others.
While working as an editor, my front pages began winning awards. I was promoted to graphics editor; responsible for all infographics and feature sections. Eventually, I became art director for an alternative newsweekly and then the designer for five monthly publications at a Kansas City publisher.
In 1998, I became the internet marketer for Space Imaging (now DigitalGlobe), the world’s largest provider of satellite imagery (think Google Maps). I designed their website, created their online features, built a content management system using ASP Classic and an Access database, animated features with Flash, wrote for a rough-and-tumble blog, while guiding search engine optimization and online marketing.
In 2007, I struck out as a freelancer and entrepreneur. I help companies connect with storytelling and design. Great design is matched by great coding and great content. I strive to bring imagination to my projects creating websites and rich internet applications viewers love to explore. I continued designing graphics for clients who needed thoughtful solutions to their needs. I created award-winning websites, an award-winning science game. And I re-engaged as a science writer for several blogs.
In 2008, while trying to create a blog application for a client, I discovered WordPress. Since then, I’ve created dozens of innovative websites on this platform; helping clients write outstanding content, creating pixel perfect templates based on designs provided by other designers, adjusting CSS to make it all look just right and writing plugins to creatively solve a need.
I especially enjoy creating. Anything. Let’s connect and get started on our next project together.