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The Anchor Tag Design Toolbox at Work

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Sort blog posts by category to see which projects are using each tool and skill set. A lot of my recent projects are using more than one tool from the toolbox. The projects are grouped into categories by the business type too.

The timeline of Anchor Tag Design

The grid below is sorted by date – some of the “classics” are going to be at the bottom. Web Design and Small Business have the most posts because that’s where the demand for my skills have been lately.

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Abyssinian Kitchen

After closing at the beginning of the COVID shutdown this highly rated restaurant with a devoted following has reopened! Now it’s 4 blocks from my house.

Full Time Hustle

A 3-month contract turned into a full time job. I’m super excited to see where this goes…
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“In 2022, the Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is presented as a series of pop-up installations throughout Portland and beyond. Welcome to our seventh year!” – PDXWLF staff
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A Balanced Life

A friend of mine from the “before times” and a Wild Turkeys Bowling League co-member, Robin Coleman, built this site for Dr. Julie Kahn back in the mid 2000s with WordPress. Dr. Kahn…
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Cox Marketing

Cox Marketing Laura hired me to help her with the revamp of the Lead I.T. Consulting site. When that was finished, she just about immediately wanted to have me replace her old Squarespace…

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Four Year Anniversary

4 years in the biz This post marks the four year anniversary of working for myself, and as a contractor, doing freelance web design full time. I’m thankful every day that I went back…

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Irvington Home Tour

“Since 1967, the Irvington Home Tour has been opening doors to our past, present, and future, giving participants an inside look of homes in the Irvington National Historic District, the largest such district…
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Lead IT Consulting

This was a revamp of a decades old WordPress site with an outdated theme and plugins which had long been abandoned. We gave it a top-to-bottom once-over. Now it’s SEO-focused, user friendly, clean…
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The Southeast Examiner

Recently, most of my projects have been replicating a concept: take an existing WordPress site (along with all of its content) and update the theme with a modern, mobile friendly one. Essentially, a…
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Fetch Pet Hotel

When the marketing director at Kaleafa Cannabis moved to Texas and opened a doggie daycare and boarding facility, he hired me to build the site for his new venture. Clean and tight, Fetch…
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Yukon Tavern

The historic Yukon Tavern changed hands in the beginning of 2021 – a couple of good friends took it over. We put together a quick WordPress site in an afternoon. There’s more to come……
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Mobile Friendly Design

I focus on mobile friendly design because nearly 80% of users surfing the web are using a mobile device. And because first impressions matter, it’s incredibly important to look as sharp as possible…
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Thomas Rude

This was a quick refresh to an older, custom WordPress blog. Updating the site, adding a new theme, and cleaning up the user-side for Thomas made it easy for him to edit galleries….
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Saucy Beast

This was a managed hosting site with an external shop on PayPal – not a great user experience and hard to manage. We consolidated the ordering into one site and upgraded the WP…
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Mississippi Records

We made this online shop to help support the store when they went into lockdown along with the rest of Oregon in early 2020. The online shop isn’t selling records, but there’s still…
Saucy Jewelry | Organic handmade jewelry

Saucy Jewelry

The styling on Elisa’s site allows the jewelry to shine – literally. The minimal color scheme comes from the natural backdrops she uses to photograph her work. The WooCommerce shop has 100s of…
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Pacific Hermitage

The Pacific Hermitage and Sanghata sites are run by the Theravada Buddhist monks of the Pacific Hermitage in White Salmon, WA. A secure donation form, alms maps, and event listing are among the…
The Goodfoot | live music, DJs, art, food, full bar

The Goodfoot

Serving Portland since 2001, The Goodfoot showcases live music & DJs, great scratch bar food, a full bar with infused cocktails, pool & pinball, plus daily happy hour. The site displays months of…
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Vivid Element

Find eco-friendly slow fashion handmade in NE Portland, OR. Each garment is crafted with care from sustainable materials. The site has a wholesale portal, all the current VE seasonal lines, a blog, and…
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Wedgehead is the premier pinball arcade in Portland, OR. It’s home to pinball machines from all eras and serves bad-ass bar food, stiff drinks, and cold beer. In the age of COVID, they’ve…
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DMG is a manufacturer’s representative for custom engineered, high efficiency HVAC equipment. DMG has offices in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. DMG also has Manufacturing, Parts, and Service & Controls subdivisions.
Beulahland | The heart and soul of NE 28th


Established in 1997, Beulahland is a unique, family-owned, old-school Portland restaurant and lounge. Their self-hosted WordPress site includes food & drink menus and a schedule for football (soccer) on the big screen.
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