Web Design Services

I improve websites and build new ones, focusing on speed, accessibility, and minimalism. I'm based in McMinnville, Oregon, and I have experience optimizing Wordpress sites, and dealing with other platforms such as Squarespace, and creating sites from scratch. Explore my work, and contact me with any questions or proposals. You may also read more about my website design goals to understand what I consider foundational aspects of "good" websites.

Example Work

Demo pages are concept-only and not finalized, though they already show major improvements compared to the original sites' loading times and data consumption.

  • Nimblefish, a sushi restaurant in Portland. Homepage is 130 times smaller (excluding photos), and pages load about 4-6 times faster. Compare to their Squarespace website.
  • The Barberry, a restaurant in McMinnville. Menu pages: 180 times smaller, and 3-5 times faster. Compare to their Wordpress site.
  • The Diner, a restaurant in McMinnville. Homepage is about 11.5 times smaller and only makes 4 requests compared to 105 requests, also loading around 3-10 times faster, depending on your network. Compare to their Wordpress Site
  • The Linfield Free Press, a newspaper and web-hosting organization at Linfield College.

Website Improvement

I'll explore your site and determine if information is accessible and easily located. For example, phone numbers should be clickable, and content should be easy to read, especially on a mobile device. I'll optimize Javascript or CSS code, correct any broken links or other errors, and enhance the overall experience of viewing your site. If your homepage takes more than three seconds to load, or makes over 10 network requests, it probably could be enhanced within its current framework. Next, you can evaluate if further work is needed, perhaps in rebuilding certain pages.

Building New Pages

We'll prioritize the most important pages, making sure people find what they're looking for. The landing page is critical, since it's your first impression. Restaurants might consider migrating from PDF menus to responsive webpages. Viewing a PDF on a phone is difficult, so I'll convert them to webpages. Depending on your needs, we'll tackle main issues, and then we can determine if further work is justified.

New Websites

Sometimes it's best to start over or migrate to a new system. My webpages load very fast, and you can view example work below to see for yourself. If you're using Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, Wordpress, or other similar templates, the overhead costs can't be eliminated. You're given pre-defined bundles of Javascript and CSS, which increase the size of webpages, making them slower to view, especially on a mobile network or older phone. If you want a fast website, the only option is to write it by hand or carefully choose a lightweight template. I can help you with either option, and in both scenarios, we'll optimize your site assets, making them as small and fast as practical.

Environmental Impact

When tens of thousands of of people view a site, the size and complexity of individual pages is significant in terms of bandwidth and energy usage. Consider that 180 people could view my minimalist dinner menu for the Barberry in the same amount of space for one person to view their current menu. Transmitting extra data consumes more energy, and visitors' devices also expend more energy to display complex, inefficient webpages. This also wastes time and physical storage. We should make every effort to reduce energy waste, and minimalist, lightweight websites are an environmentally responsible design.

It's proven that slow websites deter viewers, which can turn away potential customers. People want information, and they want it fast. Nowadays, websites are often the first impression to showcase your brand. Make a great site that loads quickly, and it's easy to stand out from the slow, larger template designs.