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Mia Lepe
Designer Stats
Rank: #16
Points Earned: 750
Member Level: Silver
Contracts Won: 1
Member Since: 2015
Newport Beach, CA 92660 USA

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Mia was great, especially considering we gave her three weeks to create a our brand identity and website in time for an event. She created a site that we get compliments on constantly. She went above and beyond for us and gave us ideas on creating bounce-back opportunities for the event and made herself available when we had questions at the event as well. She also helped with making the site secure as we had someone try to hack it early on. We'd recommend her to anyone looking for a quality designer with a talent for digital marketing and events. We really can't say enough good things about her work for us.

from Watch Me Apparel
Orange, CA
    website: watchmeapparel.com


Please tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in design?

I started in high school, I had to have an elective my senior year and web design was a new class that sounded interesting. I learned html in 2 months, and by the end of the semester I knew CSS and basic design principles. I haven't stopped since and 10 years later, I'm still at it.

My partner had a similar experience, when just after high school a friend of his was making a website and needed help. He now has 9 years of experience.

What kept us going was challenging each other to improve and expand our skills, it only made sense for us to work together.


How long have you been with your company?

We started our first business together almost 4 years ago, we transitioned into focusing on event-based businesses in January of this year.


Are you self taught or did you attend school for your industry?

Both, equally.

We both took design classes in college and subscribe to courses like Lynda and Treehouse. When our combined 19 years of knowledge doesn't have the answer we need, we go out and find in.


What web browser do you use?

We primarily use Google Chrome.


What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

Our previous business used mostly Facebook and Twitter, for this we want to focus on those two and add in Pinterest and Linkedin. We're big visual content fans and use Pinterest and Instagram a lot in our personal lives.


What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

Finding answers and building systems around them. We love being problem-solvers and consider finding solutions for clients a good day's work.


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

Keep learning. To be a truly well-rounded designer, you have to have marketing, branding and sociological knowledge. These areas are always changing and evolving and it's important to keep up.


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

Anything related to content-sharing and curating content. We're in the information age. Google owns internet search because it filters that information well. Social Media is more prominent than ever because it enables people to curate their internet.

Periscope and Snapchat are the newest content channels and it's been interesting to watch their growth.


Who is your typical client at the moment and what types of projects are you working on?

Our typical client is an event or business centered around events that needs a simpler way to connect with people so they can focus on conducting business instead of worrying about their website, social media, ticketing, booking, and the like.

We're working with an even mix of events and standard businesses that need event functions. For example, our most recent work is with another Film Festival and a School that has year-round events.


What is the most common problem you deal with when working with new clients who do not have much experience with working with designers?

Timely communication. We're good at keeping out clients updated, especially with our project management system, however many of our clients are so busy, they don't have the opportunity to keep up with our updates and provide feedback. Usually patience and follow-ups solve this problem pretty well.


Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

We have our own custom-built project management software that manages all aspects of our customer relationships. We also use a CRM for all pre-activated contacts.


What is your standard hourly rate?

40


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

500


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