Who is this Graphic Designer you are "talking" to here?
Thank you for visiting my site.
My name is Kate Wagner.
- and I am a Graphic Designer. I was born in
- the tiny little Scandinavian country right on top of Germany. I believe Denmark is best known by the whole world for the poet Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid, our Royal history, a handful of great furniture designers and our very old cultural history.
You are also very welcome to watch my new video from the link further down this site
I finished my first education back in the early 80's as a Graphic Designer. That was before computers were introduced to us as a commonly used tool. As soon as they did, I jumped on "the wagon" and started learning some basic computer skills.
Of course a computer is a blessing to people, who likes to get information in a "snap", organize their everyday paperwork and communicate with people from all over the world, - just to name a few of the benefits.
Most of my family immigrated to the US several years ago, and the computer made it possible for me to communicate with my family in an easy and very fast way.
I loved my job as a Graphic Designer, but after years of creating advertisements for companies, I needed a change. I tried working with older people. In Denmark we have a whole "army" of people employed by the counties to visit older people in their own homes, make sure they have what they need, help out with cleaning, shopping, medication and so on. It's a very fulfilling job, but very soon I found myself "working" 24 hours a day.
When I wasn't around my "clients" I worried about them, so I decided to move on to something - still with people - but a job, where I could more easily keep a bigger distance between me and the "clients". I moved on to becoming a Teacher for Adults. My favorite subject was teaching basic computer skills to people of all ages; in many ways a great opportunity to combine being a Graphic Designer and a Teacher.
Taking teaching from the class room to the "net"
When people turned up at my courses, they had all levels of skills with them. The most courageous ones had tried all kinds of things with their computers and some had gotten into "trouble", they couldn't get themselves out of. Others were so afraid of this new technical device in front of them, and they thought if they pushed the wrong button, they might start a third world war.
Either way, they all had come to realize, that some basic knowledge might be a good thing.
Lots of people complained about the time they had to put into getting these basic skills. They had to sign up for an appropriate class, schedule an evening or two a week for driving to the school, and wait till next class to go on with things.
One of the only things basically everybody on my courses knew about, was how to get on the net, which gave me the idea of building a web site with tips and hints to get people started.
Building a web site with just basic computer skills?
I knew enough about building a web site to know, that it would involve quite a comprehensive amount of HTML coding and web submission knowledge, but on one of my lucky days I came across a program, that would do all the tough stuff for me.
In fact, all I needed to concentrate on was building the contents of my web site and decide upon which way I wanted to distribute my site. I also learned that in time and with an effort I might even be able to make a profit from my site, and you don't need to be a Graphic Designer to make your web site look great.
Even the look and feel of your web site is provided to you through this awesome program.