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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!

 

Skills

Graphic Design

Digital Imaging

Web Design

Content Editing / Copy

Branding

Online Marketing / Email

Social Media

Blogs

Project Management

Process Optimization

Research + Data Analysis

Consulting

Business Best Practices

Organizing Chaos

 

SEE MY HANDiWORK

 
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Testimonials

Suze is an absolute delight to work with. I appreciate her keen eye, attention to detail and awareness of deadlines. I couldn’t be happier with the high quality images she put forth.
— KIM BAUER, NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF ANIMAL MASSAGE
Being a do-it-yourselfer, I thought I could design my own website. I struggled with it for months. I had a basic idea of what I wanted but just couldn’t nail it down. Then I met Suze. She quickly helped me organize my thoughts and ideas into a concise plan. She was easy to work with: creative, positive, encouraging, open-minded, and a master at gently keeping me on track when I would drift off to creativity land. Within weeks I had a fully functioning, beautiful professional website! I would have never been able to design that on my own. I recommend Suze to everyone!
— PATTI JO AMEREIN, TEN PILATES STUDIO
Suze was a great resource for us in refining our company logo. We had the basic idea of what we wanted, and she gave us the expertise we needed to really focus in and nail it down. She also converted our rough files into a useable format that we could take to printers, making our logo actually useable! We couldn’t be more happy with our logo and our experience; thanks, Suze!
— KELLY STEINHOFF, STEINHOFF CONSTRUCTION
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your help with the Rural Youth Enrichment Services new website. It looks fabulous. Clean, elegant and easy to work with, it’s everything we were looking for. Your eye for design and attention to detail has been *much* appreciated! :-)
I look forward to working with you in the future!
— KATE HOCKERSMITH, RURAL YOUTH ENRICHMENT SERVICES
Suze Wood designed my website for The Walla Walla Dance Company and I am very happy with the beautiful work she did. She has a wonderful talent for design and her attention to detail is impressive. I have gotten great feedback and I am really proud of our website!
— NANCY WELLS, WALLA WALLA DANCE COMPANY
Suze Wood has outstanding design and tech knowledge. She has been both instrumental as well as delightful to work with on all aspects of my logo design and website for my project Dynamite Art + Coffee. Her focus and listening skills are remarkable. I was able to tell Suze a very rough idea of how I wanted the design to look and feel and she nailed it on the first attempt. Her attention to detail and her overall design sense is thoughtful, refreshing and dynamic.
— Claire Johnson, Dynamite Art + Coffee


 

About Me

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!


How I

Roll

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.