As I mentioned in the post about myself, The Designer, a large reason I’m a Graphic Designer and live in this beautiful corner of Colarado are due to the relationship with my husband who also is my business partner. We’ve worked well together for years. In fact, we met through our leadership roles within our respective Explorer Posts. Later we worked together at both Sportsrug.com and Parelli Natural Horsemanship. It only seemed natural to pair our abilities and develop Subalpine Design. While he doesn’t work ‘hands-on’ on most of Subalpine’s projects, he has been a tremendous teacher and resource as I develop my web design skills.
In a recent email to a client I tried to explain what he does and how he helps me: “Basically, he can create customized software for any type of e-commerce. If you’d like to learn more about what he implemented at Parelli there’s a link to an article about it here. His current job is writing software for rydindecal.com.”
I personally have not had the opportunity to design or implement custom e-commerce interfaces like shopping carts, payment gateways, etc. But I know quite a few tools I can use for them and have my husband as a resource to consult. It’s the same story for me about 3 years ago when I’d never built a website. He helped me by creating tutorials or even setting up the basic programming for me to learn from. Now I have a greater understanding of CSS, HTML and PHP and use them liberally in my web projects (without WYSIWIG editors—code baby). I also had clients who were willing to give me the time to learn on the fly and tackle their project.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the world of design and the web, “The more you learn, the less you know.” There are so many facets that you can delve into, and to know just a little about most of them; you really can’t do them all justice.
But enough about me…The Partner is responsible for who I am and What Subalpine Design IS. He’s a geek —hobbies include [in no particular order]: volkswagens (building, driving, owning), playing the banjo, brewing beer, home improvement, and gumstix computers. He’s my husband, my Partner and an amazing man.