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sgI got started in web design by chance. Working for New Riders publishing, I had the opportunity to work on many instrumental web design titles, from Hillman Curtis’ Flash Web Design to Jakob Nielsen’s Designing Web Usability. After Flash Web Design was published, Hillman Curtis invited me to spend a week in his New York studio, where I designed business cards for Hillman’s company, and learned about their process. It was spending time with Hillman Curtis that inspired my love for web design.

I taught myself Flash and HTML, from my massive library of New Riders books that I’d worked on, and I moved to Los Angeles in 2001. I put an ad on Craigslist, offering to design sites for free, to build a portfolio. After a day, I took the ad down, due to overwhelming response. It was a great method of networking, though, and in no time, people were paying me to build sites for them.

Beginning in 2005, I designed exclusively for the web, designing user interfaces for companies like Pacificare, Yesmail, Cloudmanic Labs, and Nonfat Media, where I spent three years as the sole designer for two large-scale web applications, Actors Access and Breakdown Express.

I’ve also served as a Visual Designer at various advertising agencies, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Guess? clothing, Terra Matrix Media, McLenahanBruer Communications, Encore Software, and Frederick’s of Hollywood, all in a freelance capacity. I spent two years at Connexus Corporation, an online marketing company, designing micro-sites, landing pages, email campaigns, and ad banners for brands like Vonage, DirecTV, Blockbuster, PBS, and many more.

I have formal training in Human-Computer Interaction, having completed the studio track of the Human-Computer Interaction course offered through Coursera/Stanford University.

In 2013, I joined Agfa as a contract UX designer, designing apps for tablets and mobile, and the CMS server for Agfa’s Eversify. I watch Lynda.com training videos as if they were in my Netflix queue!

I am not currently seeking new opportunities, but if you’d like to network, you can find contact me or find me on LinkedIn at steve@stevegifford.com.

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