Hello there!

My name is Shawn. I am a web designer, a photographer, a WordPress evangelist, a social media guru, and sometimes a writer. I live in North East Ohio between the great cities of Cleveland and Akron. My passion is creating gorgeous web sites that are human friendly, standards compliant and easy to find. I am always on the look out for new projects, so please contact me if you are interested in my services!

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  • Beautiful Web Design
  • WordPress Theme Design
  • Front End Development
  • Social Media Integration
  • Brand/Identity Design
  • Custom Photography


  • Clean Hand Written Code
  • 100% Standards Compliant Code
  • 504 Compliant
  • Emphasis on accessibility
  • Easy to work with


Crooked River Creative is a design agency that a couple friends and I started. If you use us for your next project, you will get the rock star abilities of many, not just myself.


blankSlate Theme
A blank canvas is the perfect way to start any new design! Updated to be compatible with WordPress 3.5 and free to download.

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blankSlate, the Stripped Down Starter Theme, Updated for WordPress 3.5

With WordPress 3.5 just days away from being released and me actually having a few WP projects to work on in the near future, I thought it time to update the blankSlate starter theme. You can read the rest of this post, or quickly download the new version of theme now. Now for the details… The intent of this theme remains the same, a good starting point for creating your own custom themes. The execution is slightly different this time…

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