Kristen and Lorna started talking about internet marketing nearly 20 years ago. At the time, the internet was an infant with potential that wasn’t clearly understood. Lorna’s master’s thesis was actually about creating websites for businesses. That was 18 years ago and she was definitely ahead of the curve, but businesses didn’t see any value in having a website. Things certainly change!
During that period, Kristen was becoming a self-taught web designer. It started with a family photo album online and rapidly evolved into a full-blown web design career. That was perfect for the new stay-at-home-mom who chose not to re-enlist in the Navy so she could raise her first child. Clients appreciated Kristen’s tech-savvy attention to detail, flair for design and layouts, an innate ability to capture the visions they had in their heads.
Years passed, and Kristen and Lorna finally had the opportunity to work together and focus on developing their business offerings. Local businesses were the primary target, but eventually word of their unique designs, fully-customized web sites, and the hands-on training provided to their clients spread, and now they serve clients from the US to China.
Today, the mother / daughter team continue to work together, regardless of their location. Kristen is a busy wife who serves as soccer-mom and taxi driver for her three amazing kids, all while putting in a full day (and often nights!) in front of her sizzling computer in Nevada. When she’s not serving as the official “left-brain” of the duo, Lorna is helping Bill refurbish a funky house among the Oregon trees.
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A Little More About Us…
I am a nerd and I love design.
I love to create beautiful, functional web sites and original graphics. Back in high school when Lorna was working with Homes and Land magazine, I met their graphic artist and I was hooked: I knew I wanted to be a graphic designer, but was convinced to try something that had more earning potential. I ended up studying Chinese and international relations instead (yeah, weird, I know). Then after a couple years of college, enlisted in the Navy with my soon-to-be hubby. It was there I was re-introduced to computers. They could do so much more than the simple word processing I’d done in college!
When I got out of the Navy, hubby and I decided I should stay home with our young son. Hubby deployed a lot, which made continuing college a much more challenging option (this was before the advent of online classes), but I’m a self-starter and was hungry to teach myself skills I could use to earn an income from home. Even though the Internet was still in its infancy, I began teaching myself how to create graphics and build web pages.
That was admittedly a very long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), and back then I did all of my custom web design work using HTML/PHP/CSS and seamless graphics sliced into countless little pieces.
While it created beautiful and fast-loading web sites, it severely limited what my clients could publish online because every little change required they come back to me (or at least have someone with the right programs who was fluent in geek) to make their updates… Even for something as simple as a text correction or a date/price change!
Then WordPress hit the big time several years ago, and my entire online world – and business model! – changed almost overnight. I was now free to design and build beautiful, functional sites, and then turn over the daily content management to the site owners! Talk about a perfect symbiotic relationship…
No longer were they tied to my apron strings, requiring technical assistance for every little thing! It allows them the flexibility and control of being able to update their own posts and information. And when a design issue comes up, I’m more than happy to step in for little projects to keep their sites looking amazing and running smoothly.