If you need print design, talk to me. If you need copywriting and copy-editing, talk to me. If you need photography, talk to me. I am a graphic designer.
However, if you need web development, allow me to introduce you to…
I’ve been a print designer since 1999. Like many designers, I had to choose between graphic design or web design during my college years. I chose graphic design: to understand spacial and color juxtaposition, to implement creative thoughts and ideas. Like many others’ my mantra was, “do one thing, and do it well.”
Today there is an unwritten expectation of graphic designers to know print design and web development. (And to do them both well.) We are talking about two different mediums and two different design styles. I fully confess…just in case you have any hidden expectations, I am not a web developer. I am however, a web designer. Sometimes the words are used interchangeably, but here is the difference: Web Design dictates how the web site looks, reads, flows and how information is presented to the user. A Web Developer is someone that understands platforms, languages (like html, php) and knows how to create content management systems if needed. (In a perfect world, web designers have a basic understanding of these in order to work effectively with the developer.)
As you probably know, there are thousands of web site template sites available now. (This web site is based on a word press template — albeit with several customizations.)
If you are in the market for a web site and choose to use a template, please heed my warnings.
In a perfect world, you, the consumer, will hire a web developer and a web designer, like me, to beautifully marry form and function, as it should be. :) Good Luck!