I began in March 1998, at the age of 15, tutoring people on computers when the Internet was just blossoming into the realm of mass awareness. At the time, I remember wanting to be a lawyer when I grew up. I even went so far as to do my high school work experience at a law firm and when all the lawyers there asked me what I currently did for work, I said, "I teach people to use computers." And you know what they said? ... "Stick with computers."
So I picked up web technology and never looked back. I am completely self-taught in the realm of website development and internet technology, before there were courses and you had to just RTFM (read documentation). I did take two years of business-related courses at the University of Victoria, but continue to learn independently, having since gained extensive experience in the areas of consumerism psychology, marketing, and user-interface design.
At age 18, I won the 2001 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Westshore Chamber of Commerce and about this time expanded my skill set to also offer graphic design services, growing along with each new client.
I enjoy my job. It's creative and challenging. I meet good people doing interesting and amazing things. And I feel that my design style is able to evolve, and my technical abilities to expand, with every new project. Technology is a wonder. I enjoy learning new ways of solving problems. I am continually reading, learning, testing, and seeking new information and developing practical solutions for my clients.
Currently I live in Sooke, BC, rich with arts and culture. I believe in supporting local Vancouver Island businesses, events, and the arts scene. I also enjoy photography, cooking, yoga and playing drums.
I make it a personal mandate to volunteer my services for at least one project per year. In the past, I have helped out the following groups:
THIS. Is why I got into web design to begin with at the age of 15. It's a good read and a solid reminder of how we've overcomplicated things, but really the web can be so simple. Content is King.