PhilosophyI love design. I love development. I love making intuitive and functional websites that exceed clients expectations. Seeing a website go from concept to design to a fully functional live website all from my own hands is one of my favorite things in the world.
Working StyleI love working closely with my clients throughout the creative process, phone calls are often more convenient, but I enjoy face to face meetings when it's feasible to do so. As long as the client isn't on a tight timeline they can come to me with almost nothing worked out before hand, I have absolutely no problem participating in the brainstorming stages of a project with the client. If they're on a short schedule though I generally would like at least a basic outline of the website design/functionality that the client is looking for.
Perfect FitMy perfect client would definitely have to be a small business in the Portland area with a $3000-$8000 budget looking for a completely custom website to be built from the ground up for them. I'd have to say my favorite project was working with a couple friends to develop www.weloveaudio.com, which is a community website aimed at music producers. It was a really fun site to build since I was able to do everything from the initial concepts and design comps to the entire back end system for the website, and I do a bit of music production myself so that made it just that much more interesting.
InspirationI've never really thought about who my heroes are before but I guess now that I do I'm going to have to say all the really successful designers/developers that just keep pushing the industry forward, people like Shaun Inman I guess.
I'm actually kind of a nerd at times so I definitely use video games to bring the fun back to my day. I also love taking my camera downtown for the day with a couple friends and getting some good shots, and sometimes I make drum and bass and ambient industrial music.