Debbie Mest

Independent Web Design Consultant specializing in responsive single page web sites and usability testing.

I have over seventeen years of experience in front-end web development for small businesses and independent consultants. My experience includes web & graphic design, social media, email newsletters and usability testing. I am currently available for small responsive web design projects or independent usability testing. ‚Äč


Experience

FREELANCE WEB CONSULTANT / OWNER

San Diego Web Solutions
January 2002 - Present
  • Designed & maintained websites for clients with mobile-first, responsive designs
  • Optimized websites and social media accounts for search engines
  • Conducted usability testing to ensure top performance of websites across devices and browsers
  • Provided independent usability testing for sites created by other web designers and firms
  • Created and managed social media pages for clients, including the creation of custom backgrounds, header images, marketing photos for photo galleries, and event set-up
  • Designed graphics, logos, banners for clients
  • Designed email newsletters & holiday e-cards and distributed them on behalf of clients using Constant Contact and MailChimp
  • Published content to Wikipedia about public figure clients
  • Created RSS feeds for blogs

VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY (Volunteer)

Rolling Hills Elementary Foundation
July 2015 - June 2017
  • Designed and maintained a new, responsive website for a non-profit organization
  • Setup multiple PayPal buttons to facilitate online donations and event sales
  • Optimized website for search engines
  • Conducted usability testing to ensure top performance of website across devices and browsers
  • Designed monthly email newsletter and managed email subscriber database
  • Organized, planned and volunteered at Hour of Code events for elementary school students during Computer Sciences Week
  • Created and maintained a subscribable Google calendar for the organization
  • Provided technical support during annual auction fundraiser

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER / WEB DESIGNER

Inika Small Earth
July 2010 - April 2015
  • Designed and maintained custom WordPress website
  • Optimized website for search engines
  • Managed Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages including custom design and content updates
  • Created RSS feed and maintained blog updates
  • Designed Email newsletter template and managed quarterly newsletter distribution

MARKETING COORDINATOR / WEBMASTER

Component Control
December 2001 - April 2002
  • Oversaw updates and design changes to the company website
  • Created graphics, logos, banners for use on the web
  • Designed and distributed weekly email newsletters
  • Produced marketing materials to promote the company and its products
  • Maintained customer email database

MARKETING COORDINATOR / WEBMASTER

Joy Foundation
March 2001 - November 2001
  • Developed new client websites and re-designed existing sites
  • Created graphics, logos, banners for use on the web
  • Provided weekly site updates to client websites
  • Set up web hosting & domain name registrations for client web sites
  • Created and distributed weekly email newsletters in HTML format
  • Created book covers, brochures, business cards, flyers and display ads
  • Designed product order forms and applications for use on the web

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Florida State University: Tallahassee, Florida

  • Bachelor of Science, 1994
 

University of South Florida: Tampa, Florida

  • JavaScript Programming, Fall 2000
  • Adobe Photoshop, Fall 2000
  • Web Skills for Business Certification, Spring 2000
  • HTML Programming, Spring 1998
  • Technical Writing, Fall 1997
 

Skills


Interests

When I'm not working as a web consultant, I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy hiking, HIIT workouts, photo editing and learning new things in the world of web development & technology. I also enjoy checking out local craft breweries in San Diego, watching sports, going to the movies and traveling.

As the parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, I am also passionate about learning new ways to manage the disease and keep my child healthy. I spend a lot of time throughout the year fundraising for a cure and spreading awareness about T1D. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Camp Kinneloa, an overnight camp in San Diego for kids with Type 1 Diabetes.


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