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Web Services

Allow me to guide you in the digital realm with education and empowerment-centered consulting and production services.

With a decade of experience creating award-winning websites as CTO of Suits & Sandals, I offer a human-centered approach to digital consulting and production services. I have worked with clients in a wide range of industries and organizational sizes including an environmentally focused NGO, a world famous recording studio, a digital production studio, and a small and mighty arts community in Brooklyn.

I'll work with you to find the best solution for your digital needs that accomplishes your goals, fits your budget and timeline, and is sustainable long-term. Whether you need a custom website designed and developed, consulting on your digital infrastructure, or help with launching your Squarespace site, I will approach the project with professionalism, timeliness, and clear communication. I'll also take the time to educate you about the process and results so that you may feel a sense of ownership and control over the finished product.

I can be hired as a sole consultant or developer, work as part of an already existing team, or help you put together a team of professionals to execute your project.

Pricing can be by project or hourly. Hourly rate is sliding between $35-70 depending on what is possible for you and the nature of the project.

Get in touch today for a complimentary thirty minute consultation.

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Consulting Services

Digital Consultation

I'll guide you in setting up the digital infrastructure that best suits your needs. This could involve selecting the right hosting service, finding the best content management system for your site, or helping to plan a new project.

Website Consultation

Do you have an existing website that needs some improvement? Or are you ready to set up your first website with Squarespace or Wordpress? Let me guide you in the process and help to implement your vision.

Project Management

Every great team needs someone to connect all the pieces and make sure that work moves smoothly and stays on deadline. Let me draw on my decade in managing digital teams to help guide your next project.

Production Services

Custom Web Design and Development

I can make your website dreams a reality with a beautiful, fast, and custom website that can be viewed on any device. With your site connected to a CMS, such as Wordpress or CraftCMS, you'll be able to update and use your site for years to come.

User Experience Design

How a user navigates and interacts with your website is critical to its success. I will keep your business goals in mind in planning how your site is structured, how the users will flow through it, and how you'll keep your content fresh for years to come.

Branding

Every great company, organization, or ambitious individual needs a recognizable brand. From the design of the logo to your brand colors and fonts, let my collaborators and I help you stand out.

Collateral Design

Your company brand should be consistent across all media. I can design business cards and other collateral that seamlessly matches your website.

Full Stack Web Development

Experience with HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, PHP, Javascript, React, NodeJS/Express, D3, MySQL, MongoDB, Wordpress, and CraftCMS.

Performance and Accessibility Optimizations

My goal is to get your digital content to as many people as possible. Performance optimized websites reach more people quicker. I also take care to make sure that your website is accessible to all regardless of ability.

Professional Portraiture

Need headshots? My partner and creative collaborator, Sarah Rayne, will capture your authentic and professional self.

Copywriting

Need help writing content for your website? Sarah Rayne will work to capture your organizational or personal voice in the written word.

Selected Works

Paddle for Life

It was clear from the moment I met them that the board of Paddle for Life had a deep passion for both Dragon Boat racing and for helping their community. They needed a website that clearly showcased their values, educated the public about Dragon Boat racing, and clearly presented information on their next races. After understanding their needs and budget, as well as an initial site audit, we decided on a cost effective solution that focused better content organization, user flow, and improvements to their site performance.

To achieve this I kept them on Wordpress but built a new site architecture with a reliable, light weight, and easily customizable template with powerful plugins to give them such features as online payments. Significant time was spent crafting wireframes and user flows to provide roadmaps for the site's new content strategy. Finally all the pieces were put together as the content was developed and each page of the website was constructed.

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Wildish Botanicals

Wildish Botanicals quickly became one of my favorite local businesses soon after moving to Southeast Portland. In response to a large uptick in online sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, owner Paul enlisted me to give the Shopify powered website some necessary improvements. We began with a complete audit of the site focusing on the design and user experience. With this information I made custom edits to the Liquid template and leveraged Shopify to improve the site architecture. Improvements to the checkout flow and the introduction of an alphabetical navigation in the store archives, among other improvements, helped smooth the friction in the buying process.

Later my collaborator and partner, Sarah Rayne, was hired by Paul to add a unique voice to the descriptions of the herbal products on the site. She drew on both of our experience as herbalists and herbal consumers in crafting the new copywriting.

"Working with Kat has been an absolute pleasure. They were very attentive, thorough, and communicative with my project. We were able to complete nearly all of my preferences, the only confines were of the software I chose to use. I'm very happy with Kat's service, and I will happily continue working with them. Highly recommended!"

- Paul Johnson, Owner

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Arts In Bushwick

When Arts in Bushwick needed to move hosting providers, I worked closely with their director to make sure that the process was as painless and affordable as possible. I educated them about the process, helped to select the best service for their needs, communicated directly with their previous host, and oversaw the transfer.

Once the transfer was complete, it was time for a fresh look for the organization's website to match their expanding focus. We weighed several options, including a custom built Wordpress theme, and decided that the best course of action was for me to guide Arts in Bushwick's team in setting up their site themselves. I took the time to teach Arts in Bushwick how to select a theme, how to compare the different styles of Wordpress editors, and finally how to create their site's pages. In the end, Arts in Bushwick walked away with a fresh website and the knowledge and empowerment needed to maintain their site for years to come.


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Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

Through Suits & Sandals, I personally developed and helped to maintain the website of this amazing non-profit for over five years while nurturing a loving and respectful relationship with its management team.

JFR.org is built with a fully custom Wordpress theme that uses several post types designed to collect the brave stories of those who rescued Jewish peoples during the holocaust as well as other types of content. In particular, the site features a fully custom e-card system and a connection to Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge system.

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Equip Data

From designing the database structure, to assisting with the UX, to leading the development team in production, I had a hand in every part of this year-long project. Equip Data, under CLASP's Efficiency for Access initiative, gives users access to invaluable information on sustainable appliances.

This project was built with several Node based micro-service APIs, a Node/Express.js public frontend, and a React-based admin management portal. The infrastucture is hosted on Kubernetes and uses MongoDB with Redis caching.

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Let's get started on your next project!

Have a project in mind? Need some help with your existing website? Or do you just want to learn more? Reach out and I'll be in touch soon!

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