What's your vision?

I design websites, interfaces, brands, and information to inspire your efforts and grow your dream.

Sarah Mattern Design & Development | Websites, Interfaces, Brands, & Publications

Design

websites, interfaces, logos, brands, collateral
Sarah Mattern Design & Development | Websites, Interfaces, Brands, & Publications

Development

web development, wordpress, squarespace, shopify
Sarah Mattern Design & Development | Websites, Interfaces, Brands, & Publications

Information

graphics, books, brochures, presentations
Sarah Mattern Design & Development | Websites, Interfaces, Brands, & Publications

Training

wordpress training & creativity workshops

My services include web design, branding design, front-end web development, WordPress site development, training, and more, all customized for you and your unique project.

I’ve been happily making things for wonderful clients since 2006. I’ve worked with large companies (like Peets Coffee and Nutiva Organic), agencies (like Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Agency and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), universities (University of Colorado, and CSU East Bay), businesses, non-profits, and individuals.

I use a simple, clear, and inclusive process that involves you in your project. I ask questions, get your input and preferences, design/review/revise, build, and provide training so that what we create provides as much value as possible.

I also sincerely care about my clients. I want the experience of working together to delight you, and I want what we create to inspire you.

If you’re interested in working together, please contact me. I’d love to learn about your project!

Delightfully Inspiring Design Stamp

Process

how it works

Sarah Mattern Design & Development | Websites, Interfaces, Brands, & Publications
One

Discover

understand & propose

You and I will chat about your needs, wants, budget, and schedule. If we seem like a good fit, I will provide a no-obligation proposal that clearly communicates my understanding of your project and estimated costs. This will give us a plan to follow should you decide to move forward.

Two

Explore

research, inspire & focus

We will discuss your strategy, inspiration, and preferences to inform your project’s design, architecture, and functionality. Sometimes this step can include a mood board and sketches so we can vet ideas and preferences before more in-depth design work begins.

Three

Explore

mockup, review & revise

I will draft one or more initial options for a project’s general design. You will review and provide input, and I will revise. We repeat this process for other critical or representative designs.

Four

Build

code, test & refine

For website projects, the building phase includes frontend coding (HTML, CSS, and Javascript), WordPress theme customization/creation, adding content, testing, and refining.

Five

Launch

train & go live

For website projects, I provide you with a training book and session so you can manage your website’s content over time. Once the final content is added, we go live! For print and branding projects, I provide you with the files you require.

Six

Support

ongoing support

Once your project is launched, you may identify ways to stay relevant and engaging over time. An ongoing relationship with a client is a beautiful thing, and I feel lucky when I get to be a part of a client’s continued work.

WordPress

Sarah Mattern Design & Development | Websites, Interfaces, Brands, & Publications
I’ve been building websites using WordPress (wordpress.org) as a content management system for fifteen years. These are the reasons I love and recommend WordPress. (All this said, please pick the technology you feel will work best for you!)

IT'S FREE, OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

This means WordPress is continually optimized by a community of developers, and you don’t need to depend on a company staying in business or controlling your terms of use.

FULL DESIGN CUSTOMIZATION IS POSSIBLE

WordPress themes can be crafted from scratch without the limits of set templates. These days, I’m a fan of Elementor for website building.

YOU STAY IN CHARGE OF YOUR HOSTING & DOMAIN

You should always own the keys to your website, email, and other domain-related services.

MANY THEMES ARE AVAILABLE

If a custom design isn’t for you, thousands of beautiful themes are already available. Builder tools like Elementor can create any website you can imagine.

IT'S SEARCH ENGINE FRIENDLY

Content is king when it comes to search engines, and WordPress gives you simple tools to manage your content.

FUNCTIONALITY IS ROBUST

WordPress offers excellent content management capabilities so you can update your content on the fly. Plus, there are many plugins available that add functions and integrate WordPress with other applications.