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About

I studied Graphic Design at Montana State University while getting a BS in Range Management.

After graduating, I worked for an engineering extension program called the Local Technical Assistance Program where I published a quarterly newsletter, writing articles and illustrating everything from heavy equipment to noxious weeds. I also edited and did the design, illustration and layout of several “how-to” books including The Motor Grader Operator’s Handbook. I also did all the drawing, design and layout of the Montana Department of Transportation Guidelines for Work Zone Safety: Guidelines for Municipalities, Utilities, and Maintenance October 1994.

After my son was born in 1994, I decided life was too short, and became a stay-at-home mom. All that free time I thought I was going to have was quickly taken up by homeschooling, dog training, horse training, running a dog training business, vending toys and training equipment at agility trials, and now returning to graphic design with a new emphasis on website design.

On a volunteer basis, I have designed and maintained several websites for dog clubs, including the Gallatin Dog Club, Got Dog? Agility, the Big Sky Schutzhund Club and the American Working Malinois Club. numerical-popularity

Most sites currently are based on the Content Management System WordPress or Joomla; in my spare time I am learning to become conversant in php.

My design philosophy, just like my love of performance dogs and horses, is “form follows function”. I am enlivened by clean, attractive graphics. I don’t like black screens with red text, or music, or too many animated graphics. I do like easy navigation and interesting content. Pages should load quickly, even for those few still on a dial-up connection. Finally, I am working towards having all my sites W3C compliant.

If you share the same appreciation for clean, fast and attractive, please give me a call. I can help you design your own website, one that you can be proud of.