Alex Robinson has always had a passion for digital communication. Having grown up with internet—literally, Alex has been designing and developing websites since they were both teenagers. Alex grew up in Boulder, Colorado and was often outdoors hiking, fishing, camping, or exploring local creeks and streams. His f… Read More
Alex Robinson has always had a passion for digital communication. Having grown up with internet—literally, Alex has been designing and developing websites since they were both teenagers. Alex grew up in Boulder, Colorado and was often outdoors hiking, fishing, camping, or exploring local creeks and streams. His father would encourage him to do such exploring and would often come along on those adventures. His father never restricted his creativity and told him that he could do anything he wanted to in life if he worked hard enough at it. This freedom allowed Alex to become the creative dreamer he is today.
From the fifth grade through high school, Alex and his family moved to a small suburb of Kansas City. The high school Alex attended had a very advanced Jewelry class which he enrolled in his freshman year. Thanks to a wonderful and supportive teacher, Alex thrived in that class and ended up taking a total of 14 jewelry classes over the course of his high school career. He made hundreds of pieces including, boxes, rings, earrings, bracelets, and even a silver goblet. He won numerous awards for his silversmithing work. His success was owed to his teacher who gave him the same support and freedom that his father did throughout the years.
Alex’s first website design project was a fan site for a German rock band that was popular in the late 90’s. He created the site on a free website hosting service called Angelfire. The site was so good that other fans of the band, and even a music reporter reached out to him thinking his site was the official one. Alex knew then that web design was the creative path he wanted to pursue.
After graduating from a technical certificate program at Johns Hopkins University, Alex landed an internship at a small Baltimore-based design firm. It was here that he honed his craft. Since 2005, Alex has worked for a variety of organizations both large and small. He has specialized on creative and technical work, and has even led a small team of designers.
Alex is currently working as a web designer at an NGO that specializes in child and maternal health in low-resource countries. He works on large-scale website projects, email design and development, video production, and front-end development. Read Less
As a web and graphic designer—I’m a visual problem solver. Everyone has some kind of communication obstacle to overcome for their personal brand or business. I’m here to help people, through good design. I approach each project the same way, by listening. I listen to my clients and try to identify their exa… Read More
As a web and graphic designer—I’m a visual problem solver. Everyone has some kind of communication obstacle to overcome for their personal brand or business. I’m here to help people, through good design. I approach each project the same way, by listening. I listen to my clients and try to identify their exact needs and challenges. I do this through conversations about business, competition, stress, life, and the meaning of life—sometimes I get pretty philosophical. You need to though. Design is precious. It’s their baby, it’s my baby, it’s like my client and I making a baby together. This may be an awkward metaphor but bear with me here.
This is the fun part of a design project. A time when we can have long talks about what pleases us aesthetically, and reflect on the past as we rush toward the future. This part can get very emotional because both parties are putting themselves out there and exposing their vulnerabilities—metaphorically speaking of course.
This is where the real work happens. After we’ve established what we want our baby to look like, I get to work on my concepts and on development—while maintaining constant communication with my client. At times this stage can get a little overwhelming but that’s just the project taking on a life of its own. There are moments of euphoria, confusion, disagreement, resolution, and plenty of cramping and bloating—metaphorically speaking of course.
Labor and Delivery:
We’re nearing the project deadline and there is an end in sight! But often times this part can be the most painful and laborious—so to speak. We’ve both invested so much time and emotion into this project over the past several months and now it’s finally time to meet our baby. Problems with the printer...file compatibility...FTP issues...domain renewals...list segmentation errors...cross-browser testing...PC load letter. Push! Push! PUSH!!!!!!
“Wouaaa wouaaa wu wu wouaaaaaaaaaa!” Our baby is born. The beautiful byproduct of your vision and my talent—metaphorically speaking of course. Read Less