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Angie Phillips
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Rank: #393
Points Earned: 315
Member Level: Bronz
Nashville, TN 37203 USA

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

I was working as office manager for merchant service company at the dawn of debit cards and ecommerce. We eventually got into selling ecommerce sites. I taught myself how to code so I could manage our own site and eventually began to design for others. I was also responsible for designing our ads and brochures. Unfortunately the business folded so I went back to school for web development.


How long have you been with your company?

I've freelanced for about 5 yrs. I previously worked as office manager and webmaster for merchant service business.


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

I taught myself then decided to go to school to get credibility. I attended Strayer University's Computer Information System - Web Development Diploma program since I already had a BS.


What web browser do you use?

Chrome! I used to be loyal to Firefox but CHrome has become the most efficient for me. I take advantage of the ability to create different identities associated with different Google accounts. This way I separate my personal browser and its favorites from my business one. I like to keep certain tabs open on each; which are available each time I open my browser my workspace is set up. I also task advantage of all kinds of productivity and web development extensions from Chrome store. One of my favorite is Evernote which coordinates with my desktop and mobile apps. I use it to store anything from shopping list to design notes. I can easily capture example images right into my Evernote notebooks.


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

I use both Twitter and Facebook. Equal usage for pleasure and to promote business @designables. I am avid classic movie enthusiast who Tweets @TCManiacs for about 6 years. I also FB and twitter accounts to promote lupus awareness @lupussurvivors for lupussurvivors.com.


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

I love getting to know client and their business then creating a design that reflects who their personality. I have real knack for using observation, listening and asking the right questions to create a look that speaks for my clients.


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

Take advantage of all the free tutorials on the internet. I learned more design skills via internet than through the diploma I paid for. But my web development diploma through Strayer concentrated mostly on databases and object oriented programming.


What`s your favorite development language and why?

CSS3 because of all the cool effects you can do without the need for photoshop. It really allows you to be a lot more creative without having to rely on slicing photoshopped images not to mention a lighter faster website.


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

English. Unfortunately despite taking Spanish and French as a youngster, I remember nothing but Adios and Oui. Did I say that right?


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

Smart phones and tablets, therefore responsive web design is now a must! I predicted back when I was in merchant service business that we would soon be doing everything by phone including paying bills and shopping. The future is now.


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

Churches, beauty salons and portfolios. Working on my own, I rely on word of mouth, so most of my work is with small organizations and individuals as a posed to big businesses. Which is just my speed. I enjoy the one on one relationship consulting with clients.


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

Please organize your content. At least according what you want on each page and what should be most emphasized. Please have your content in electronic format. Designers don't have time and clients don't want to pay for typing time. Have some ideas and visual example of design concepts and layouts you like. Designers aren't mind readers, the more examples the client gives the less time you will be billed for revisions.


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

Novice clients often don't have enough terminology to describe what they what they want and they often don't have their content ready. They often don't want to pay for the additional time it takes to instruct them on the quality content they need.


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

Yes, I take advantage of the ZOHO solutions. I use to track projects, estimates and invoicing. It allows my customers to pay directly through link in the emailed invoice. They also have snail mail available if needed.


What is your standard hourly rate?

15


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

No. I am will to any job that a client needs. In fact I am do $5 specials on Fiverr right now. So far I am doing photoediting gigs, but I plan on adding some other graphic design and maybe some Wordpress gigs soon! https://www.fiverr.com/angiephillips


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I am currently seeking freelance projects as I complete the Computer Information Science - Web Development Program at Strayer University.



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