Family Photographer, Anita Nowacka

Family Photographer, Anita Nowacka

One of the most rewarding kinds of projects is when a creative person commissions me to design a custom website in WordPress for them. This September, my client Anita Nowacka launched her new website that I custom coded and developed in WordPress (design by Deborah Brown). As a family photographer in Seattle, she has an […]

Russian Hackers

Secure Your WordPress Website with SSL

In 2017 hacking is on the rise, and most browsers are requiring website owners to add an SSL certificate to their site if the site has a database. This includes all CMSs, which includes WordPress sites. You may have noticed that if your site is still “http” you either see an insecure lock icon or text that […]

Seattle Photography Studio

A Call For Photographers To Join The Photography Studio at The Gelb

Coming from an art and design background, I was saddened to hear the news today (the day of this blog entry) that my office space in Seattle’s University District was going to close down the photography studio and turn it in to yet another office full of computers. It’s financially responsible and rational to serve […]

Packaging Illustration for Mutiny Bay Distillery

Whiskey made in the Northwest? Yes! The family business at Mutiny Bay Distillery now has my illustration on their whiskey bottles. Thank you to Design Heavy for contracting me for my illustration skills, and compliments on his great packaging design. Also, thank you to the owners of Mutiny Bay Distillery for the honor of being […]

3 Kinds of Web Designers

How Do You Know If You Have The Right Web Designer For Your Project?

Small business owners looking for a web designer have the tricky task of choosing the right web designer for their project. Recently, I had someone come to me dissatisfied with their previous web designer and ask me to redo the website project they did not complete. The previous web designer might have been the right fit for […]

Leslie Timmons and Shaun Vine

Schildbach Design Is Now A Team

I’m transitioning my business, Schildbach Design, in to a web design studio (a small team of people passionate about design, development, and marketing) with the help of Leslie Timmons and Shaun Vine. Leslie and Shaun are helping Schildbach Design change and grow! About Leslie Timmons SKILLS: Business Management & Organization, Marketing, Consulting, WordPress Production, Content Writing […]

Single Page Website

The Single Page Website for Small Projects and Creative Individuals

Schildbach Design one page scrolling website examples: Richmond Beach Yoga home page Schildbach Design home page A. C. James Company Starting April 1st, 2017, Schildbach Design is offering a $500 one page website.* The design is based on and limited to the design and development seen on my Home Page. But, of course you can make it your own […]

The University District, Seattle

New Office in the University District

In May of 2016, I moved out of my home office to an office at The Gelb in Seattle’s the University District, right on The Ave. Although it started out as a shared community work space originally, it soon was turned into private office spaces. It also has a photo studio with lots of natural light. There were […]

Boon Boona Coffee, Seattle, WA

Client Showcase: Boon Boona Coffee

With all the tech businesses booming around us in Seattle, and my inability to understand half of what these businesses are doing, there is one business we all understand—COFFEE. Quarterly, I showcase a client that I’m really excited about what they are doing. This month it’s Boon Boona Coffee—owned and managed by Efrem Fesaha. We have […]

Search Engine Optimization Package

Search Engine Optimization: Marketing and SEO with Holmes, Poirot and Marlowe

Search Engine Optimization is one of the most important aspects of a business’ online marketing. Search Engine Optimization could be a full time job, and is for some people, but what I prefer to do is offer it to a select few clients while I maintain my focus on being a web designer. Here are […]

Yoga Teacher Training at Richmond Beach Yoga

Client Showcase: Richmond Beach Yoga

Since 2011, Schildbach Design has worked with Richmond Beach Yoga, a yoga studio that offers classes, workshops and yoga teacher training. The work I’ve done for the business covers their entire identity from their business card, to their logo, and two generations of their website and online presence. I started first coding their website within […]

How to succeed in web design

Happy New Year, 2016! Using Dada instead of Data for a Successful Business

It has been a successful year for Schildbach Design. I reached some personal goals for the business in 2015. And, while data continues to perfect the answers to our business questions, I’d like to credit my personal success to welcoming a touch of Dada (not data) into my business plan. For those of you who […]

Website Maintenance

Top 10 Website Maintenance and Troubleshooting Needs

Over the course of my 8 year career as a web designer, my client’s needs have changed. Although, website maintenance is still a large need for new and repeat clients alike. Now, as we wrap up the 2015 year, below are the top 10 tasks I’m asked to do and can do for my clients. […]

Seattle Graphic Designer, Stephen Schildbach

Being A Graphic Designer and Web Designer in Seattle

When you hear about a web designer also claiming to be a graphic designer, you my question whether they are spreading themselves out too thin, or you may want someone who specializes in graphic design. For business identities, often you are going to need a web designer and a graphic designer. If you are a […]

Logo Designer

I’m A Logo Designer Too—A Portfolio of Logo Designs

Being a logo designer has two main challenges. The first is expressing a company’s essence in one simplistic graphic, the other is getting people to see the value and importance of a quality logo created by a professional graphic designer. The process of doing a logo takes several hours, because much more is involved than […]

Email Newsletter Typewriter

Reach People With An Email Newsletter

Wondering how to get people to your website? There are many ways, and your tactics should depend on your business or project. If you have interesting information to share, something to teach, or worthwhile offers, an email newsletter is a great way to to reach out to potential clients and attract them to your website. […]

Online Presence and Testimonials


“Working with Stephen is a pleasure and a great learning experience. He is warm and compassionate, has an amazing memory for detail (at least partly because he is such a good listener), and is truly interested in creating an aesthetically pleasing, highly functional website that reflects the character of the business it represents. Stephen is […]

WordPress Web Designer

Using WordPress As A Web Designer, Web Developer & Content Manager

There are so many ways to use WordPress, I don’t know where to begin. WordPress, as you may know, began as a blogging tool. But, for more reasons than I can explain, WordPress took off to become the primary Content Management System of our time. Almost any review you read rates it as the number […]

Web Maintenance and Business Identities

2015 Clients

I want to thank all of my 20 plus, 2015 clients help make Schildbach Design have it’s best year to date. My repeat clients and new clients cover a dynamic range of professions (therapists, scientists, orthodontists, musicians, yoga teachers, etc…). Work that spans web maintenance to business identities. This year’s client list: Bird Ally X […]

Shaun D. Vine

Shaun D. Vine

I met Shaun Vine through a mutual friend, Bob Anderton. I needed a website subcontractor to help with my overflow of work. He needed web work. I needed someone who is serious about web design and development, but doesn’t necessarily need to know the extent of what I know. The biggest part of working with […]

Bluehost Logo with dog

Being A Bluehost Affiliate

Schildbach Design is a Bluehost affiliate. If you are not happy with your present web host, or are in need of web hosting, I recommend Bluehost. I have a dedicated IP with Bluehost and have been very happy with the quality and service Bluehost provides. Signing up is a win/win situation for the both of […]

Laura Corsiglia and the Schildbach Family

BIRD ALLY X: Oil, LA, A New Website, and the Wonders of Travel

The only way I can begin with this amazing client, BIRD ALLY X, is a story. My family and I are on vacation in Los Angeles spending a day on a Malibu beach. Sounds pretty posh doesn’t it? Well, let me take a step back. A couple of days before that, my family and I […]

Website Maintennce Package

Website Maintenance Plan & Tech Support Packages

Every business needs to have a website maintenance plan for their website. The economical route is to do it yourself. But, having a professional maintain your website frees up your time to do what you are good at—your own profession. See the top 10 most common forms of website maintenance that Schildbach Design does for […]

Graphic Designer, Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

The top people in your profession—you know who they are. But, even the most established and accomplished outside of your profession, you’ve probably never heard of them. Stefan Sagmeister is one of those people you’ve probably never heard of (even though he has one of the most unique names I’ve ever seen), unless you are […]

business Identity and the physical space

Schildbach Design Office Renovation For A Better Physical Business Identity

It is not just a virtual business identity being launched this February. I’ve also gotten permission from my landlord to renovate my home office. My office was originally a sun room or an enclosed porch with no insulation. Seattle is not very cold in the winter time, but still, for me to work in my […]

Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Brand Identity

A New Moon Brand Identity Launch

What a better time to launch a new brand identity (aka business identity) than on a new moon (and the Chinese New Year). Farmers know that you plant crops at certain times of the moon’s cycle, but most business owners make their advances forward using more rational means—like during a good economy or after analyzing […]