You can think of me as a recovering CPA: I decided in mid-life what I really wanted to do was to earn a fine arts degree. After preparing financial statements and tax returns for over thirty years, I discovered that there is a gradual change in both the climate and sunlight between January 1 to April 15. Previously, I believed that sun light, compared to January 1, abruptly increased on April 16.
With eight years of interactive design/development experience since getting a BFA from Columbia College Chicago, I found my approach to a problem is not “what is the best design solution” but “what is the best business solution.” It is a holistic approach that considers strategy, design, management and analysis. It is a wonderful blend of creative expression and business know-how.I love a good challenge, and every project inspires me. I love all things creative and in particular designing/developing semantically correct HTML5 and CSS3 interactive projects.
I enjoy taking complex problems and turning them into simple and beautiful interface designs. I also love the logic and structure of coding and always strive to write best practice accessibility and the latest W3C web standards guidelines, resulting in semantic, SEO and mobile friendly HTML5 and CSS3. All my websites are lovingly hand coded.
In addition to Flashmind, I am also a co-founder of Buttermilk Trace, a Southern Creative Consortium located in Nashville, Tennessee. You will find me hiking at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee, cooking what inspires him, reading art and economics history and finding beauty in HTML/CSS/PHP code.
Most notable accomplishments are son Matthew and daughter Margaret. And I am married to the most awesome Jan Muirhead who is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the Frist Clinic.
What is it like to work with you?
It’s the best, you’ll love it. It’s really the best thing you could do and also very rewarding. You will feel very taken care of and I always give my best, I think of it as craftsmanship.
Can I see what you’re doing on my project on a regular basis?
I am a big believer in transparency. I keep the code in a shared repository and make sure you have access and I will provide regular status updates.
Do you use a development methodology or process?
Yes, it is rather straight forward and I explain it more detail on the services page but it varies significantly for each client and project. I create milestones at the beginning of the engagement and as the projects progresses, we reevaluate the road-map on a weekly basis and make adjustments if need; sometimes adding features, deleting features or reexamining the schedule. Since I am not a believer in surprises, I will keep you involved in the process.
Can I adjust plans, features, etc. as we go?
Flexibility is important and often determines the success of the project. But as you can imagine it might affect the budget or schedule, but we will discuss that up front.
Who owns the design and code you produce during the project?
Before we work, we will put a project agreement in place that will assign ownership of all work product and deliverables to you.
What happens when you’re done, Who fixes bugs that might happen?
Although it is reasonable to expect the code to be free from defects and perform as intended, I will maintain the code for a reasonable amount of time and make sure everything is working.
What’s next? How much will it cost? When can you start?
Excellent questions, but first I need to know a little more about the project. But the first step is to get in touch. Let’s get started.