My name is Steve Dolan as you've probably gathered by now. I was born on August 7, 1983 in Mountain View, California and currently study Web Design & Interactive Media.
I am by profession, a web designer, and now moving and expanding my expertise to other realms of media, Digital Video / Photography, Interface Design and Graphic Design. I've worked in construction, as a bartender, a Kirby vaccuum salesman, lifeguard, 5th/6th grade science and summer camp instructor, and a freelance web and graphic designer.
I’m a designer of both digital and non-digital art, and my passion lies at the bridging of these two mediums. I enjoy applying this passion not only in the literal sense of print and web design, but at the core idea of good design being able to traverse many creative platforms. I appreciate idea-based design, but at the same time I also appreciate design that triggers an emotional response.
My professional strengths include wireframing/prototyping, interface design, and front-end development. I take pride in keeping up with and adhering to current web standards and best practices. Every project incites me, because I believe there’s always an opportunity to do something awesome. I strive to be a clear communicator, and work to ensure all the decisions I’m making in a project are conveying something.
I believe that clear communication steers the course for decisive action, which is why I’m passionate about planning for designs. In order for someone to trust my instincts and elicit my services, they need to know who I am and what I my capabilities are before they’ll consider getting on board. After all, without thoughtful preparation, how effectively are we communicating?
With every new client, I find it gratifying to spend time chatting comfortably about who they are, what they do, and what they want, using research and planning as a roadmap. Listening to what they have to say is an important component of building my plan for the project. In some of my best moments, I have made clients feel like I'm an old and loyal friend they can always depend on.
Design is problem solving. Solving design problems is my passion. I like to design strong, standards-compliant websites and help develop brands.
I'm passionate about typography, grid-based design and—above all—keeping things clear and simple.