ESMOA Interactive Book Project

Photo credit: Gloria Plascencia,

Last summer when I built the for ESMOA, the El Segundo Museum of Art, I knew I was getting to work with a dynamic, engaged team, and I have been extremely happy to be able to continue to work with them since that first project. One of my favorite phrases as a freelancer has […]

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Redesign and Update for Classic Parking


Classic Parking, a family owned and operated business based in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, has been serving Southern California and surrounding areas since 1929. In addition to the original parking management services, they now offer transportation through CP Transportation, and security with Classic Protection. The company website hadn’t been updated in several years, […]

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What to do when your site isn’t working

Failed hammer stroke - concept for failure

Given recent events in the country (click here for the news story, if you’re not familiar), the issue of faulty, slow, or difficult to use wesites has become a national concern. The vast majority of us have sites, and many of us do at least some business online that requires customers, clients, or members to […]

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Designer as Steward

a muted, soft focus picture of a blueprint

Every person who works in design should read The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. It doesn’t matter if you are not “a designer,” what matters is that you are working to make something people will use. By the time I got to the book, the 1988 text, even updated, felt old and the […]

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Bateman Consulting is a land survey company located in Scio, Oregon. On our recent trip to Portland, I met with the owner, Dave, who said people had been calling him to ask if he had a website they could look at or share with their friends. Eager to be more accessible to his clientele, he […]

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MarinaforHire.Com – Minimalist Design

hi, my name's marina, and I'd like to write for you

On August 1, I wrote a post about my upcoming website redesign. At the time it was just a sketch and a Photoshop mock of the original draft of this site. 15 days and several late nights later, I launched the actual redesign. I wanted something that was easy to use, not distracting or noisy. […]

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The El Segundo Museum of Art opened its doors in the restaurant district of downtown El Segundo in January 2012, and has since hosted 4 successful experiences, or exhibits, Desire, Anti-Ark, Truth, and Objectified. I came to museum at the end of May with a mock up of what I thought would best serve their […]

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Marinaforhire.Com Redesign redesign featured image.

I’ve long felt that the current site layout is too crowded and complicated, but I’ve been too busy to tackle a redesign. I’m not any less busy now, in fact quite the opposite, but I couldn’t take it any more. A couple of days ago over lunch I sketched out some ideas for what a […]

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