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Peter Otte
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Points Earned: 928
Member Level: Silver
Contracts Won: 15
Member Since: 2009
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA

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Project: Interactive Professional Network Website
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Comment: This is the first time I used this service. I must say - I was very impressed. The website for Design Quote was so easy to use. It was within minutes I received a call clarifying my project. Within a few hours, I received interested Designers. The Designer I picked was very easy to work with and offered reasonable rates.

from TBD
Madison, WI    

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Peter is easy to collaborate with and the results are fantastic. He knows his stuff and is very resourceful and a great troubleshooter. The best part: as the web site committee chair, I get to take credit for all his hard work!

from Neurobehavioral Health
Santa Barbara, CA

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

Peter gained his professional training in design and advertising from Eric Ayzenberg of the Ayzenberg Group and in publishing with Bill Curtis of Curtco Publishing (publishers of Robb Report). Before that he worked for Martin Ransohoff (Filmways).

How long have you been with your company?

POP was founded in January, 2000. We had just survived the aftermath of Y2K. The dead heat Presidential election had just been resolved. The utter and spectacular disintegration of the dot com era was nearly upon us. Seemed like perfect timing.

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

I was a liberal arts major in Claremont and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After I got my B.A. I lost my ability to sit in a classroom. Then I was blessed with a number of brilliant mentors who taught me how to think. I believe it's better to be paid to learn. And I never stop learning.

What web browser do you use?

Firefox. Safari for certain sites for better stability. And I'm playing around with Vivaldi because I think it's important to try new things out and I rather like it.

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

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, BizBuzzMe and Google Plus.

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

I was never happy as an employee so I learned rather quickly that I had to strike out on my own. Helping others succeed at their business contributes to my own success. There's a deep satisfaction in that.

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

This is an enormously crowded field. I recommend that you specialize. Secondly, you will need stamina and focus. Whether you are a one-person shop or managing a large team, never give up until the work is truly finished. And of course it never really is.

What`s your favorite development language and why?

PHP because it's familiar and comfortable and rather broad in its capabilities.

If you could only use one language, which one would it be?

I would stick with English.

What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

I don't make predictions. After all, pioneers are the ones who wind up with arrows in their backs.

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

We focus on web development projects that incorporate one or all of the following:
- membership based
- social media or online community
- payment processing

What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

Find your sense of humor. You will need it.

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

"I want to build a site that's better than Facebook but my budget is less than $5,000." It's usually a short meeting.

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

Jira for project development, Evernote for client communications.

Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

We have be net positive at a minimum.

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Founded in January, 2000, Peter Otte Productions is a professional graphic and web design firm that delivers custom corporate design and branding solutions for a diverse clientele. We design web sites, logos, brochures, catalogs, advertising, and packaging. We also produce promotional video for the web. An integrated approach to branding guides our thinking on every project. Your brand needs to be expressed in clear, consistent, dynamic and imaginative ways. At POP, we deliver custom design

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