By Lanier Laney
I have worked with computer people in California and New York and they all made me feel like a dummy, and they cost a fortune. I was super pleasantly surprised when I got to Beaufort and Jonathan Hannah did some work for me. He was clear, never made me feel stupid and was very affordable. He’s a web designer who has recently done wonderful sites for local businesses like Lime Lite Salon and Greenbug.
Here’s what he does in his own words: “I’m a graphic artist who specializes in building websites and marketing them. So I’m kind of a one stop shop. I create custom websites for each of my clients. I don’t use templates so each creation is unique to my client. I then create all the art, logos (if needed), videos, animations etc. for the site. Then I build the site, but I’m different from a lot of other programmers because I’m very concerned with your site’s SEO (search engine optimization).
So H1 tags, keyword density, meta descriptions, spider files etc… also get included in the build. Because I’m a one stop shop, I even end up doing everything including business cards, brochures and marketing plans for my clients as well. I also have excess to some of the best copy writers in the business if my clients need there expertise as well.”
Jonathan’s route to his current occupation was circuitous. Says Jonathan, “I started drawing at a very early age and was planning to go to Rhode Island School of Design, But to make a long story short, I entered college studying theology. By the first year I became so frustrated with not creating, I switched my major to music and ended up with a degree in music composition and theory. I started creating a lot of music with and on the computer. The next thing I knew I had Photoshop, Illustrator, Studio Max and I was doing art again and never looked back.”
When working with clients, Jonathan’s philosophy is simple: “For me it’s all about the relationship. The more I learn about you, the better I can help you with your needs and goals.”
Jonathan also has some interesting hobbies. “I’ve studied various martial arts for over 30 years and I hold a fourth degree black belt in Seido Karate. Over the past 12 years I studied Tibetan Thangka Painting and I have just started producing large modern prints of some of my work; one can be seen on my website. For a hobby, I still produce music, which is more like meditative sound-scapes than it is music.”
What does Jonathan like about Beaufort? “The people, the water, the town and the lifestyle. I grew up in a 300 year old farmhouse in Connecticut and I’ve lived in Chicago and New York City. Here I get the best of both worlds with much nicer people.”
Jonathan Hannah lives in Beaufort and his cell phone is 404-235-5330. His website is www.hannahgraphicarts.com.
Here are other examples of his website work: