About Kate

A little background info...

Hi! I'm Kate Zarske - web developer, designer, usability lover, social media addict. I'm the Internet's biggest fan. And I want to help you make a great impression on the Internet.

I've been coding websites and learning about the web for 10+ years. I started off by an introduction to a website called HTML Goodies by my husband, who is a computer programmer. When I wanted a bit more instruction I started taking classes at Washtenaw Community College in their Internet Profressional Program. I received my Web Technology Certificate and Web Graphic Design Certificate in 2008.

Prior to college I worked selling computers and electronics - teaching customers what technology would work for them. While I attended college I was an administrative secretary, learning a lot about how to run businesses and all the paperwork involved.

After college I worked as a technical assistant at a small broadband company where I did a small amount of web work, a lot of administration type duties and communicating with our clients. Finally, I moved on to work as a web content assistant at a digital library located here in Ann Arbor called JSTOR.

At JSTOR I handled the bulk of content updates for the organizations several websites. I also learned how to implement Usability Testing to the advantage of the organization. I became an independent contractor for JSTOR after a year of interning and continued to work in the Usability group. I created and implemented many types of usability tests while learning how a large organization handles web design and development across various platforms. It was a good learning experience.

During my time at JSTOR I became pregnant with our only child and decided I would stay at home and freelance. Within the last couple years I've worked on raising my son and a few projects to build my portfolio. This brings us to today! I believe all my past experiences make me a great choice to build your next website.

Whether you need a new website, a redesign or website updates I can help. I can code/design from scratch, consult on projects, perform usability testing, provide usability evaluatons, perform website udpates, create and manage your social media, register domain names and set up your hosting.

My specialties include taking templates and customizing them to your needs. Templates cut down on coding time and often save the client money.

Please email me at katezarske@gmail.com or call me at 734.644.6088 if you are in need of assistance on a project.

Thank you for visiting!

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Skills

  • XHTML / HTML5
  • CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • Hand-Coding w/o WYSIWYG Editors
  • Javascripting / PHP
  • Web Interface Design
  • Site Prototypes
  • Wireframes
  • Site Diagrams
  • Web and Accessibility Standards
  • Requirements and Usability Analysis
  • Information Architecture
  • Comparative Analysis
  • User Testing
  • Site Indexing
  • Internet Research
  • Problem Solving and Troubleshooting
  • Project Management
  • Search Engine Optimization

Technology

  • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio, Omini Graffle, LucidChart
  • W3C Validation Services
  • Content Management Systems
  • WordPress / XHTML & CSS Templates
  • Microsoft / Mac OS
  • Microsoft Office
  • Google Products
  • FTP Clients
  • Google Analytics
  • Recording, Movie Editing, Photography
  • Usability Software
    • Morae Recording Software
    • Crazy Egg, ClickTale, ClickHeat
    • Chalkmark
    • Five Second Test
    • UserFly
    • Survey Monkey

Recent Experience

Kate Zarske Web Design, LLC, Ann Arbor, MI
Owner & Operator

06/08 – Present

JSTOR (Ithaka Harbors, LLC), Ann Arbor, MI
Web Content Assistant and Usability Associate

10/08 – 04/10

  • Website Updates for 6 Websites
  • Usability Testing and Research
  • Usability Test Scheduling and Recruiting
  • Technical Documentation
  • Assistant to Information Architect and Usability Coordinator

Education

Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI – 4.0 GPA (Certificates Only)

Web Technology Certificate, May 2008

  • Web Coding I
  • Web Coding II
  • Web Graphics I
  • Web Graphics II
  • Designing User Experience I
  • Designing User Experience II

Web Graphics Design Certificate, December 2008

  • Illustrator I
  • Web Animation I
  • Web Graphics III
  • Web Design Practicum
  • Professional Practices

Other Courses

  • Internet Technology
  • Problem Solving - Alpena Community College
  • Humanities and Arts - Alpena Community College
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