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Building and Managing Your Own Website Lecture

Building and Maintaining Your Own Website-lecture

Hannah Hazelton in action as she presents her lecture on Building and Maintaining Your Own Website.

The GNSI New England Chapter presented a lecture at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab on March 23, 2019. The lecture was geared for artists considering building and managing your own website. A website is an essential tool for anyone in the art world hoping to “get out there” and be seen by the world. Whether you intend to sell artwork or prints, teach art classes, learn new techniques or freelance, you need to understand the ins and outs of website design to get the most from your site.

Hannah Hazelton, the founder of Platypus Web Design Studio, was our presenter. She laid out the basics of website design with a “user-friendly” approach, easily understood by those of us who are not so tech-savvy. Hannah covered all the bases including your mission statement, the structure of your site, and how to organize your portfolio. She pointed out things that are sometimes overlooked, such as what you actually want people to do once they have viewed your site and how to steer them in that direction. She also included lots of information about web design, how to write your artist statement/bio and contact information. Her open and sometimes humorous presentation was appreciated by everyone.  She was very generous with her knowledge and happily answered all our questions.

Refreshments were available during the event, including some homemade goodies brought by some of our members. There was lots of friendly conversation before and after the lecture. Overall it was a friendly, informative and enjoyable event. 

 – Notes from Nancy Minnigerode

Hannah Hazelton is the presenter for Building & Managing Your Own Website Lecture.

Hannah Hazelton is the presenter for Building and Managing Your Own Website Lecture.

About the speaker

Hannah Hazelton is a web designer and graphic designer with 10 years of experience in the field. She founded Platypus Web Design Studio in 2011, a boutique web design firm with a focus on nonprofits and small businesses. In her current role, she is the principal web designer at The Cookie Countess, a large online retailer located in Rhode Island. She served on the graphic arts advisory board of the William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln.