I began in March 1998 at age 15 teaching people how to use computers when the Internet was just blossoming into the realm of mass awareness. At the time, I wanted to become a lawyer and did my high school work experience at a law firm. When the lawyers there asked me what I currently did for work, I said, "I teach people to use computers." Guess what they said: "Stick with computers."
So I picked up web technology and never looked back. I am completely self-taught in website design and development, before there were courses and you had to just read documentation. I took two years of business, arts and psychology courses at the University of Victoria, but continue to learn independently, since gaining extensive experience in 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 skills 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 things. My design style and technical abilities continue to evolve and expand with every project. I enjoy learning new ways of solving problems and am continually learning, testing and developing practical solutions for clients.
I once again live in my hometown of Sooke, BC. I believe in supporting local Vancouver Island businesses, events, and the arts scene, in which I participate with my art photography. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, yoga and playing drums.
It is a personal goal to volunteer my skills for at least one project per year. I currently do branding and webwork for the Cycle of Life Tour, a fundraiser for Vancouver Island hospices. In the past, I have helped the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival (2005-2014), Victoria Cancer Resource Centre, and Sooke Harbour Players.
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.
“Caprina has the eye for design, simplicity, and has made my website easy to use and manage. She is very easy to work with, listens to your ideas and then elaborates on them to make them even better. Caprina can get a lot done in an day; she is efficient and passionate about her work. The end results are eye catching, professional and fun. Thanks for all the hard work. The logo and website looks really great. The ad is awesome! Perfection. Thanks Caprina!”Yvonne Poirier
Force of Nature First Aid
“I've had the pleasure of working with Caprina for well over a decade and she always designs fresh and innovative work. I always get compliments on the product labelling and other marketing materials. She has excellent suggestions and really great branding skills. From the first meeting with Caprina, I knew she quickly sensed what I wanted and I've always been very happy with the results!”Julie James
Solace Organic Spa
“I enjoy working with Caprina. She helps keep our website current as our clinic continues to grow and evolve. She is prompt with her response when we need to update it. We consistently receive compliments about the design and how user friendly our website is. It's all down to Caprina!”Susan Duckworth
Vitality Treatment Centre