About what I do and how I got here:
I started out in webdesign kicking and screaming. Project after project came up and I refused to write code. There were university clubs, interest groups I was leading, I started my own company but still I didn't want to work with html, style sheets, or any of that hoopla. It was tedious and confusing and was on my list of things I didn't want to know from day one. After all, the better you are at something the more people want you to do it.
Now don't get me wrong, I am a total nerd. I was in the computer club before there was a computer club. This is probably why I hated coding so much from the get go, because I knew just enough about it to know it was daunting, and ever changing, and I just plain didn't want to play. I learned photoshop from the ground up, and then creative suite, and dabbled with illustrator and flash videos and had plenty of design experience under my belt, but damned if I was going to learn code.
But life has a way of changing things, and there came a time when a family member of mine really needed a web page. Finally, a need I couldn't turn down, or contract out. So I delved into the web design business with the concerted plan of NOT learning code.
I soon realized that unlike a few years before when I had tried and failed at learning code from scratch now there were content editors available to build web pages without knowing code. Not just ugly cookie cutter pages either. Professional ones, with enough options to make you still feel in control.
So I dove in, and a few months later, while editing an html newsletter email I realized I had managed to learn to code despite myself. But even more than that, the more people that I talked to the more I realized that people just didn't know the tools that were out there. Some people even needed more help learning how to use those tools. That's where Concurrence Designs was born. I love to build simple, functional webpages that are beautiful and do their job. Even more than that, I love to teach people how to use the tools, most of them free, available via the internet.
I work mostly for small businesses with only a few employees who just want to put their company out there. Who want to have a page built, but then be able to edit it afterward without paying an arm and a leg. And you don't need to know much more about computers than you would to email someone, or use Facebook!