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MK Designs and Hosting

Leslie Kniskern
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Rank: #140
Points Earned: 510
Member Level: Silver
Contracts Won: 2
Member Since: 2008
North Richland Hills, TX 76182 USA

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

I started working graphic design back in the 90's and slowly migrated from graphic design to coding for the internet. In 2000 I became a full time web developer for intranet sites. For the past 14 years I have enjoyed working on both intranet and internet sites.


How long have you been with your company?

MKDH has been in business for over 23 years. We moved to web developing / database design about 10 years ago.


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

Although a lot of what I have learned is self-taught I also went to University to supplement my skill set. I attended Texas State Technical College and obtained my Associates in Computer Science. I acquired my Bachelor in Computer Science and Information Systems from Baylor University. When we introduced training classes I attended Stephen F Austin State University and now have my Masters degree.


What web browser do you use?

For my personal use I use Firefox and Chrome. However, when I'm testing newly designed websites I use a variety of browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Torch, Opera, and Epic.


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

I use both Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to keep in contact with people around the world.


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

My favorite thing is all the different people and businesses I get to interact with. My second favorite is getting lost in the challenge of coding a unique website.


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

Trial and error. Start small and get a few jobs under your belt. The work won't be the hard part - learning how to price your jobs will take you awhile. Once you know your work style and how long it will take to get different types of jobs it gets easier to accurately quote a price to a new customer.


What`s your favorite development language and why?

I don't really have a favorite language. Each website comes with its own needs and I use a variety of languages to suite the website and the hosting company.


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

If I had to select a language I like the best I would choose... okay I can't. HTML, PHP, Java, AJAX... they all have features that I like and I much prefer to pick and choose between them to get that "perfect site".


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

Ultraprivate smartphones... Neuromorphic Chips... Mobile Collaboration... all of these will seriously impact how, when, and where we access information in the future.


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

I often work with non-profit, small businesses, educators, child care facilities, private schools, and intranets for a wide variety of businesses like hotels.


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

Make sure you know what you are needing. When we meet about your website I need to be able to get a good grasp of why you need the website, who will be using it on both the front and back end, and the functionality/style you are aiming for.


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

Lack of information. I can design a website from top to bottom but without quality information/data to go on the website all you have is a pretty picture. When a client walks in and says "I don't know..." then I am both elated and dismayed. I love stretching my imagination and letting my creativity flow but even the most open minded person has an idea in the back of their mind what they are wanting. Sometimes the "I don't know" clients are the hardest clients to work with because I'm trying to create a design to fit an undefined goal.


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

I do... but the software I use is proprietary and one I designed to suit my own personal needs.


What is your standard hourly rate?

60


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

I do not... each budget is based entirely on what they are needing. I will say that a two page website will be around $200 to $300...


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MK Designs and Hosting is a small family owned full service graphic design/web design company with over 10 years of design experience. I use the following programs: PhotoShop, Illustrator, Flash, MSAccess, PHP/SQL, Frontpage/Expression Web, and more Our services include (but are not limited to): * Custom HTML coding and design or odification of templates * Flash Design * Logos, Brochures, Newsletters, Stationary (envelopes/letterhead/business cards) * Banner Ads * Access and SQL dat



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