Midway Driving School New Website – More to come :)

Midway Driving School - Nervous Drivers ESL Behind-the-Wheel Minnesota Website

Tony Ryan and I have been working on a new website for Midway Driving School. Could not meet a nicer man — or someone with a better left-side broomball shot! His company specializes in helping nervous adult drivers or ESL (English as a Second Language) students with adult behind the wheel driving hours in the Twin Cities (Saint Paul and Minneapolis), Rochester and Duluth Minnesota. The site was redesigned with WordPress to make it easier as time goes on to create new looks without losing content. Take a look! We’ll be adding more content as the summer progresses.

-Shalanah Dawson

Daniel Taylor: A Writer, Speaker and Traveler — New Website!

Hooray! Daniel Taylor’s website wordtaylor.com, a mix of his multifaceted interests, is up and running! He is a writer, speaker and traveler. I love reading his blog and skimming through the amazing photographs from his trips as a Professor at Bethel University and independently as a travel guide. There is a whole lot more, check it out!

-Shalanah Dawson

Grant Dawson Music Site Launched – A WordPress Design

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Check out Grant’s new site! Grant was living in Houston, TX and moving up to Minnesota. He had created a small following while in TX and I encouraged him to create a website and a myspace page so his fans from TX could follow him even though he was moving to the Twin Cities. As time went on, he outgrew his first site, and we had some better images to work from. We decided on a blog-based design. Blog designs are great because they allow for easy updates without knowing code and as time goes on, provide a very easy platform for redesign too.

Our process, in particular, was very cost-effective. I gave Grant about 10+ choices of free WordPress layouts. After he chose one, I tweaked it by adding a banner with background, changing link colors, and adding widgets he would use for music, contact, photos, and gigs. The great part is now he can update these on his own while blogging about shows, music or concerts while have fan input. I could not have been more happy with the process, and since I was paid per hour it worked out quite well for Grant too.

His music is great so check it out! And keep on the look-out, he’s coming out with an album this fall.

> Grant Dawson’s Website
> Shalanah’s Design Gallery

-Shalanah Backus

Freelance Web and Graphic Design Now Offered!


You need someone to design that poster, shirt, logo, bag, or site you’ve always wanted? Let me help! I will be updating this blog with current freelance work and design packages! You can contact me directly at shalanahATshalanah.com for requests and quotes (replace the AT with @).

Right now I am currently working as a graphic designer for CBE International and have knowledge of HTML, Dreamweaver, PHP, CSS, and XML. I mainly design in Photoshop and InDesign. See example of graphic design work here! Or check out my resume.

Stay tuned!

-Shalanah Backus