After being in business for almost 10 years, Blackbird Iron needed to update their site to showcase their impressive portfolio of beautiful custom ironwork, as well as improve their search engine rankings, and ensure the site looked great on all devices and screen sizes.
The owner of Stand Up Floats needed an on-line store that reflected his brand, was easy to navigate, and integrated with Amazon Web Services, to sell his fun and unique inflatable creatures that attach to your Stand Up Paddleboard.
The director of this dance company and ballet school needed a new site that was easy to navigate, easy to maintain, responsive to all devices and screen sizes, and included well organized information about camps, classes, schedules, performances, and events. She also needed an e-commerce solution for on-line registration, ticket sales and donations.
“Keep it simple, but significant.”
– Don Draper
Life is funny, isn’t it?
I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up – a clown, a flight attendant, an interior designer maybe. I never once imagined I’d become a programmer. But somehow that’s what happened, even though I studied English Literature, French, and Art. Apparently I had an aptitude for it, and for many years I worked as a programmer and consultant for a large health care organization, helping build a web portal that gave patients online access to their health care professionals and medical records. It was pretty cool.
But in 2014, with two young kids and a husband who just started his own business, I was feeling burned out and uninspired. I needed a break, so I took a leap of faith and quit my job without having another one lined up. My plan was to take the summer off and find a new job in the fall.
Instead of finding a ‘regular’ job, I started designing and building websites – first for my husband’s business, then for other small business owners, artists, and non-profits. I also started working on larger web projects as a contractor at Nordstrom.
And now here I am, many many websites later. Loving the creativity, flexibility, and variation that comes with this kind of lifestyle; loving this work that uses both sides of my brain.
What I love best of all is meeting and working with amazing people doing incredible things; using my skills to help them be successful in reaching their goals.
When I’m not building websites or spending time with my family, I make time for some non-digital creativity. I love to screen-print, especially on fabric, so I design and make hand-printed pillows and other home goods. I even built myself an e-commerce store called Suzanne Harrison Home.
And that’s my story. For now at least…