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Hi there. I’m Michelle Andreas, graphic designer and owner of accent45. I have 20 years graphic design experience, including print design and graphical user interfaces. I’ve been working with the web since 1998. I went to school for graphic design and started learning HTML as a graphic designer working in Seattle. Before going out on my own, I worked with a marketing team for 5 years, which gave me the experience and confidence to start my own business.
My main focus is building websites that get results. I prefer to keep things simple. I believe less is more. Creating sites with a content editor like WordPress or CMS (Content Management System) allows clients to update their websites without knowing any code. Accent45 can also add a CMS' to existing websites or migrate a site from another CMS.
I am constantly learning new technologies, techniques, and solutions for each unique web project. I work with professional developers who assist me with more advanced features.
When I’m not working, I’m up on the mountain playing in the snow. I have been skiing / snowboarding since I was 4 and it is absolutely my favorite thing to do! I’ve also got to be outside during the summer, either riding my bike, hiking / backpacking, rough-housing with my son or spending time with friends and a little bit of traveling.
fun facts about the designer
I've always lived in Washington State, but have lived as far south as Vancouver, WA and up North - currently Bellingham.
30 July · Leo
I can't just choose one. I love all different variations of blue, some oranges, greens, dark purple and red!
MY RETIREMENT CAREER
Financial advisor. Being an accountant before changing my path to graphic design, I feel like I would easily fit into this part-time career.
BEFORE WEB DESIGN
Before pursuing web design as my profession, I went to school for accounting. I worked for a cranky old accountant. Then decided to go to art school for graphic design.
Art, Photos, Travel, Running, Backpacking, Snowboarding, Spontaneous Adventures.
Color! Fonts / Typefaces. Balancing elements on web pages, wall space, objects in photos and wine labels.
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