About Jeremy Girard - Rhode Island based web designer, educator, author

I was born with six toes on each foot.

True story. The extra toes were removed before I was a year old. I blame my lack of superpowers on this surgery. I know that had I been allowed to keep those extra toes, I would be an awesome crimefighter (and this designer gig would just be my secret identity).

Intrigued by the idea of crime-fighting web designer? Excellent...carry on true believer!

At Work

I am a web designer/developer/educator/author. I have been working as a web professional since 1999 and am currently the Director of Marketing for Envision Technology Advisors. I am always happy to hear from clients interested in my services, especially those looking to hire me for writing or speaking engagements.

In addition to my full-time gig with Envision, I also taught Web Design/HTML/CSS at the University of Rhode Island for over 7 years. Outside of the classroom, I am a regular contributor to a variety of online publications including Smashing Magazine, The Next Web, Fame Foundry, and About.com, where I spent almost 3 years as their "Web Design & HTML Expert".

Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with a variety of clients for whom I've designed projects ranging from websites to print and marketing materials to touchscreen kiosk user interfaces. Those clients have included widely recognized names like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, Universal Studios, 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.

At Play

I make my home in Smithfield, Rhode Island alongside my wonderful wife, two quirky and awesome kids, and an extremely affectionate wiener-dog named Oscar.

In my free time, I can often be found playing the ukulele, tending to a collection of action figures that would make my 10-year old self weep with joy, or folding origami cranes.

My favorite place to be is in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (the photo on this page was taken on a hike up Mount Washington) and I take every chance I get to spend time with my family enjoying the great outdoors. I am also quite fond of Iceland and cannot wait to visit that wonderful country again.

My favorite food is sushi, favorite superhero is Batman, and most cherished childhood toy was a Transformers Soundwave figure. My favorite book without pictures is "Rora" by James Byron Huggins while my favorite book with pictures is "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. My iPod features a heavy rotation of Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, The Decemberists, Walk Off The Earth, Foxy Shazam, and Bob Marley - although I will occasionally kick it old school and rock out to a little Iron Maiden.

About This Site

Pumpkin-King.com was started in 1999 as a showcase for my design work. The name came from the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - although why I decided to register that instead of my own name escapes me to this day.

This is the 10th version of the website and, like the previous few versions, it uses ExpressionEngine as the publishing platform. On the site's main pages, headlines and navigation are set in ChunkFive while body copy uses Roboto Condensed and Roboto Regular.

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