Ahoy there! I’m Erik: graphic and web designer, front-end developer, tech tinkerer, and maker of all manner of things, operating from a very old house in a very small town in the hinterlands of south central Wisconsin.

I’ve been designing and coding for the web for 15 years, with the past decade spent mainly as a freelancer and a contractor for design agencies. I caught the design bug something fierce while studying for my masters degree in library and information science. This led to coursework and projects focused on usability, information architecture, and interface design, giving me a solid educational background that informs my design practice. And my undergraduate degree was in English, which means I’m a little obsessive about words, and can help you develop and polish your content and marketing message.

Prior to setting off on my own, I worked for the University of Chicago’s central web design group, where I had the privilege of being the lead designer for the university’s homepage and central site redesign. I also led the design side of an overhaul of the university’s online admissions application, which led directly to a large uptick in undergrad applicants, contributing to the University’s subsequent leap from position #9 to #4 on the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Brass tacks: I balance technical acumen with a sharp graphic sensibility. I strive to make the complex simple. I try to make the super-complex intelligible. I have a questing and restless set of mind, and value curiosity above all. “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order to learn how to do it” —something Pablo Picasso said in 1981—is a guiding principle in all areas of my life. I’m a friendly human being who won’t talk over your head and won’t talk down to you. I strive to keep my shooting straight and my dealing square.

I am currently available for freelance web and graphic design work, and for front-end coding and CMS implementation projects. And I can snap some excellent photos, or design a sharp logo, or help you craft a compelling message. So say hey—I’d love to hear all about your project.