about KVN Design
KVN Design offers web site planning, development, and design for responsible businesses and organizations that perform or provide admirable products or services for the communities they reach.
how it all began
So how did I end up here? In the summer of 1988 I took my first office job at an ad agency (Hughes Media) in Lexington, KY (thank you Karen). And man, I was diggin it. Those creative people were having fun. I promptly changed my major from Business to Advertising and never looked back. I had found my calling.
Now that my head was screwed on straight I joined the local ad club. An ADDY came my way in 1993 for some of my motorsports photography. The ADDY was accompanied by a handful of First Place awards and Citations of Excellence. Not too bad for an ad student.
After 4 years of agency life, interwoven with 3 years of hard labor doing ad club volunteer work, I spent a year-and-a-half at an arts/crafts company where I had a lot of creative freedom. Maybe too much. Then I was wood into a position with The J. Peterman Company. There was less creative freedom, at least it appeared that way from the surface, but the trained eye of the well-rounded graphic designer was being honed (show me a menu and I can show you a typo). I was learning so much from some of the best creatives in the business. I should have been paying them tuition.
Print design is how it started but in the winter of 96 a friend told me about this new HTML stuff he was doing. In 1997 I created my own web site, KTs Motorsports Garage.com, to showcase my photographic hobby. This ended up leading to a job with an equine publisher in their new web group. After 2 years of creating, building, and maintaining web sites and graphics for an array of top-notch equine interests I accepted a job with Host Communications Inc. (HCI), a major sports marketing company, to work on their new equine web account, Breeders Cup.
My experience with Breeders Cup lead to annual site redesigns, daily content updates (gotta keep it fresh), and learning about managing web customers with dual roles as Web Architect and Project Manager on several accounts. I cant stress enough the importance of having an account that is simultaneously a great pain in the ___ (insert your own word here), a terrific learning experience, and a friend at the end of the day. My tenure with HCI was highlighted by getting to really know my clients, their businesses, their history, and helping them surpass their online goals.
I carried that “get-to-know-the-customer” mantra to the max for the next 3 years as the in-house Webmaster for an international home electronics firm. Talk about getting to know the company! Every aspect of the corporate web site was my domain (sorry, couldnt help it). Redesigns, mini-sites, content updates, html-based email, photo libraries, email accounts, analytics (quadrupled page views in two-and-a-half years, NTS!), domain names, and working with the hosting company. It was a job fit for a web team.
There you have it, a brief of how I got from there to here. Each new role brought many challenges and experiences, all of which have lead to the formation of KVN Design. Should you want to know more shoot me an email. Actually, shoot me an email if there is something KVN Design can do for you or your business.