I am a web designer/developer/educator currently making my home in Smithfield, Rhode Island alongside my wonderful wife, two overly energetic young children, and an extremely affectionate wiener-dog named Oscar.
I have been working as a web professional since 1999 and am employed as the Director of Web Design/Development for Envision Technology Advisors. Although I take on very few freelance projects these days, I am always happy to hear from clients interested in my services and to learn more about their website needs. In addition to my full-time gig with Envision, I also teach Web Design/HTML/CSS at the University of Rhode Island and regularly contribute articles to a variety of online publications including Smashing Magazine, Fame Foundry, and others.
Besides the writings on this website and others I have published online, I have also had two children's books published (under the name “Jeremy Marc Girard”) as well as a number of short stories recognized in national writing competitions.
I can often be found practicing the violin - a hobby I began somewhat recently as an experiment to see if I could learn to play the instrument through the use of online video instruction, or tending to a collection of action figures that would rival most toy stores.
When not designing websites, playing violin, or rearranging a collection of toys, I can often be found with my family hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. My favorite place to be is in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and some day when I decide to walk away from the world of pixels and paragraphs, I hope to retreat to those mountains with my wife to spend my days running a B&B as we meet new people and serve them pancakes.
A quick note on my work
Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with a variety of clients from a host of different industries. I've designed projects ranging from websites to print and marketing materials to touchscreen kiosk user interfaces. My client list includes widely recognized names including PepsiCo, Frito Lay, Universal Studios - Hollywood, The Washington Redskins, The Phoenix Coyotes, Books-a-Million and the US Customs Department as well as many local, Rhode Island-area companies such as Honey Dew Donuts, Amica Insurance, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., MG Commercial Real Estate, Roger Williams Zoo and the United Way of Rhode Island.
You can view the site's portfolio section to see some recent examples of my work.
About this site
Pumpkin-King.com was started in 1999 as a showcase for my design work. This latest version was built using HTML5 and CSS for the structure and layout and ExpressionEngine as the publishing platform. The blog section of the site features my art-directed articles, with each entry styled in a way to best support the content of that particular article. On the site's main pages, headlines and navigation on the site are lovingly set in ChunkFive while body copy uses Palatino.