I would like to introduce you to myself and Vector North.
Because of the general anonymity or facelessness associated
with the Internet, it would appear most buyers find a 'human presence'
on the 'Net' very important to them.
So: Here's some information about me. I hope it helps you in your
quest for a web designer.
How to fall into computer design:
Some years ago while breeding quarter horses in Saskatchewan, Canada,
I started up a home-based computer graphics business. I more or
less fell into computer graphic design while a Realtor in northern
British Columbia. Few of my fellow Realtors were all that familiar
with designing posters, brochures, etc. on computer. Neither was
I, but I was having great fun learning! They began to come to me
to create more and more of their advertising and marketing pamphlets.
Back to Saskatchewan - No one in the small town I landed in knew
much about computers, although many people were beginning to purchase
them. Many of my neighbours, town committees, businesses, and townspeople
began to ask me to create one thing or another for them, much of
what I had never done before but again; it was great fun learning!
I also seemed to be on call a lot to help others 'fix' their computers,
or teach them how to use them in the first place. Not that I
knew that much about it. I just happened to know a little more than
many of them did. As a result of all this, I started a 'design business'
at home because I figured I might as well start charging for all
the time I was putting in.
After selling the horse operation I moved to the city of Saskatoon
to take a two year course in multimedia; namely computer graphic
design and web design. I've since moved back to British Columbia
to a fairly remote resort area called Nimpo Lake, West of Williams
Lake, in West Central British Columbia at the foot of the Coastal
Mountains. Hence the name; Vector North. The disadvantage of living
on a beautiful lake in this wonderful locale, is that I'd much rather
be out fishing many days than in my office on the computer.
My working background:
Unlike many of the web designers you'll find out there...I've been
around the block a time or two in the real world. I've held many
jobs in my lifetime including, forestry-lumber industry-Realtor-horse
breeder-deer breeder-sales; helped run a few small businesses, including
resorts and a greenhouse operation, as well as owning a few of my
own, that all aid in one form or another in producing the best possible
web site for my clients. Extensive inside knowledge of many businesses
allows me to custom build web sites specifically attuned to that
business. And if I don't know a lot about a business, then I will
research it before building the site so that it has the 'feel' suitable
to its content. I do not stuff a logo, some images, and text onto
a template and call it a web page.
I promise you; you will always get more than your money's worth!
What I like to do:
Well, if it's any help to you; I like reading, computer design,
hunting, flying (floatplanes), walking with my dogs, fishing, cross-country
skiing, and probably my all time favorite winter sport is snowmobiling!!