Hello. My name is Suze.
I'm here to help you shine.
Whether you're a digital DIYer who just needs a little guidance, the computer-shy genius who wants to reach an international audience, or a passionate business person who needs to hand-off creative tasks so you can focus on the big stuff, I'm here for you! With 15 years of experience working for the big boys in the Seattle tech scene, I've developed a wide range of skills that I use to help independent businesses, artisans, creatives, organizations, and non-profits shine.
It used to be really challenging for the 'little guy' to make a splash. Websites were impossible to build if you didn't code, with clumsy back-end user interfaces that only a proper geek could navigate and maintain. Printed materials had minimum orders in the thousands and you were lucky if you could afford spot color much less 4-color process. Photography was prohibitively expensive. Accepting anything but cash was painful and clunky. Advertising and marketing was strictly a local affair unless you had thousands to spend. Not anymore!
Thankfully, there are now a wide variety of products and services to help you have a polished professional presence online and off. From beautiful websites that are easy to manage, e-commerce selling platforms, payment systems, online marketing options, and social media, the egalitarian nature of today's technology is a beautiful thing. All it takes is a little know-how, and if you need help navigating that, I'm here for you.
I firmly believe that you should have full control of your business including your website, digital assets, printing connections and accounts. No traps. No long-term agency contracts. I'm here for you for as long as you need me, and will celebrate your independence when you're ready to DIY.
Let me know what I can do to help you shine!
Content Editing / Copy
Online Marketing / Email
Research + Data Analysis
Business Best Practices
SEE MY HANDiWORK
MY NAME IS SUZE WOOD.
I graduated from university with a double major in Studio Art and Art History with an English minor. In one of life's grand practical jokes, I somehow ended up with a career in technology, working elbow to elbow with software developers, bleeding edge innovators, and top-notch creatives.
In 1999, I moved to Seattle just as the dot-com bubble was bursting. It was a tumultuous time to be entering the scene, but in the 15 years that followed, I worked for several of Seattle's tech giants including Adobe, Getty Images, and Amazon.com. It was an amazing ride, with big juicy projects, international travel, and high-profile work. I'm so grateful for everything I experienced and learned, but by the end of it, I was bored and disenchanted with big business. Why?
My heart is with small entrepreneurs, non-profits, mom & pops, artisans, wineries, craftsmen, writers, makers, independent spirits, and the dedicated freaks and geeks who keep this world diverse and interesting. I want to use what I know to help you find your voice and tell your story; visually, creatively, and with all the individuality it deserves.
Sound good? Reach out and let me know how I can help!
Most projects start with a meeting, so we can talk about what you need, what your goals are, and how I can help you get there. If you aren't quite sure what you need, I'll be glad to help you sort that out. Changing the design spec or architecture midstream is expensive because it usually causes a lot of extra work, so it's very important to take the time to identify what you really need before we begin.
Once we scope the project, I build out a quote which you agree to before we get started. It will include the scoping hours, and identifies all of the deliverables, cost, and timeline.
All accounts and domains will be built under your own login credentials with a temporary shared password and paid for directly by you, so you own the work and can take over the management of your content whenever you're ready. Once my work is complete, I encourage you to change the password, ensuring your ongoing privacy and security.
While I work on my own machines in my own studio with my own software, I will be relying on you to give me access to whatever digital assets, accounts, networks, and systems I need to do my job. You will be given a list specifying what those are, and when I need to have them to meet our target project launch date.
The customer is usually right and I respect your input, integrating as much of your vision as I can within the boundaries of science, limitations of technology, and industry best practices. If I can't get 100% onboard with what you want to do, I'll explain why, and we'll work together to find a functional solution that we can both feel good about.