Enough about you. Let’s talk about me.
Nancy Ware painted professionally for 33 years, dragging brother Dan, myself and my dad to countless galleries, shows and classes, planting a seed in me that would grow into an interest in color, typography and design. I started toying with graphic design in high school and eventually bought a used PC loaded with QuarkXpress from a fellow waiter named Martin at Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I made political flyers and later took courses in Photoshop and Illustrator at the School for the Visual Arts. Meanwhile, I worked as a unionized phone tech, a tour operator and a public school teacher.
I eventually grew tired New York City and its daily hassles. My partner Tristin and I began plotting an escape. After a long weekend in Burlington visiting friends, we sold our co-op in Jackson Heights and moved to Vermont with daughters Amandine and Tula in February 2006. Neither parent had a job waiting. Which was stupid.
Vermont & the Web
By 2006, the viability of a graphic design career was already in doubt. The web had taken over. I made a hard shift, bought a copy of Dreamweaver and produced my first and only tables-based layout for LouisesGardens.com, launched in April of that year. I made a few more sites for friends Tina and Ann while pursuing a Web Production certificate at Champlain College before graduating in 2007, already having found a job as a front end developer at Media Solutions International. I learned a ton about CSS and the web that year+ at MSI.
After the Financial Crisis of 2008, I wanted to find less precarious employment that would allow me to design. In 2009 I began at Independent Brewers United, owners of Magic Hat and Pyramid Breweries. I dove into Drupal and designing beer websites (but not the Magic Hat site design) for nearly four years, working with a fun crew of talented people. I jumped ship to work for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, partly out of a passion for environmental issues. After a year, I had grow restless. I began researching on how to go freelance, talking with Corey Machanic about the pros and cons of supplying your own steam. With his encouragement and occasional endorsement, I leapt out of the plane and became Partisan Pixel LLC on June 22, 2014.
I would hope that I’ve been successful because of integrity. People who hire me often come back for another round. There may be better programmers or designers, but I combine both reasonably well. I work hard, communicate well and stay organized. I strive for transparency in everything I do.