Donald Wantz Web Design
My name is Don. I'm a freelance Web Designer/Developer from Lomira, Wisconsin, and I'm looking for work. In addition to freelance projects, I'm open to working in a part-time or full-time position for an employer who feels my skills match their needs.
My foray into web design began over a decade ago as a hobby, using a popular tool of the time, Microsoft FrontPage. Several years ago I was struck by the idea that web development was something I could enjoy doing for a living, which led me to enroll in the IT-Tech: Web Design/Development program at Moraine Park Technical College. I graduated with a technical diploma in the summer of 2014.
- While I prefer to work on the coding end of things (as shown above) I can, and have, built websites from the ground up, working in every phase of the process, from planning and content management, to design, to building the site and getting it online.
When I was first introduced to computers, DOS and 8-inch floppy disks were the height of technology. I was required to take a course in high school, I disliked it intensely, and I vowed never to use a computer again.
Forward several years, and I'm visiting a friend who has a brand new, cream-colored computer sitting on his dining room table. He's beaming over his pride and joy as if it's a newborn child, bragging about its 3 gigabyte hard drive and 16 megabytes of RAM. He insists on firing it up and I, who want nothing to do with computers, quietly endure it.
That is... until I see something unexpected pop up on the screen. This isn't what I remember — this actually has a window with graphics. I was completely mesmerized and utterly confused by what I was seeing. What are those windows on the screen? What do they do? They hold files and serve as a means of navigation? — I don't get it.
Money was tight, but within three months I had my own computer and a copy of Windows 95 For Dummies (anybody else remember those yellow-colored guidebooks that covered every topic and were all the rage back in the late 1990s?). Soon after, I had a copy of FrontPage, and I was joyously creating websites for my own amusement. The great thing about FrontPage was that you never had to look at the code for the page you were creating. Code reminded me of DOS, and I still had an aversion to it.
Forward many more years, and I find myself thinking I should actually consider making a career of the thing I enjoy so much. I enroll in school, learn to love working with code, and eventually find myself here, writing my life story. I'm excited by the field of Web Design and the creative opportunities it presents.