Hi! I am Anna. I am a self-taught graphic and WordPress web designer. When I started AMD we lived in Mechanicsville where our family grew. Then we moved out to King William, where our family and AMD grew. Now we live by Lake Anna where I get a beautiful view of the lake from my office.
I am so blessed to be part of a family of five and we live each day trying to support each other and our dreams.
Let me continue by saying, I love what I do. I love designing, creating, figuring things out, self-teaching and problem solving. All these things have served me well in life, as well as in business. I do not claim to be this “all-knowing web designer or graphic artist”. There is always more to learn. If you want something in particular that I haven’t come across yet, believe me, I will find a way to provide it. I love a good challenge! I can with confidence say that I have a good eye for color and dimensions, and I am creative and inquisitive (my husband would call this trait analytical and untrusting). I love to understand things, figure out the “why”. I like that about me and I think you should too. Anyway, in addition to being design savvy, I have an even bigger heart for serving. Getting the opportunity to design graphics and build websites for businesses and ministries is such a pleasure. My favorite part though, is delivering a product or service that exceeds expectations. I would rather make a difference than make a million. But that is just me.
Not only do I enjoy designing websites, logos, marketing material, etc., it blesses me to make others successful. That is one of my purposes in life. I take making others successful very serious, as it is something I do everyday for my husband and my children. I am so grateful they allow me to support them however they need me to. I believe that willingness brings glory to God, which is another goal in my life.
With that said, I want you to be blessed and successful in reaching whatever goals you have. I want to help your dreams come true. Let me walk your journey with you. As it is written, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT). That mean us!
About My Services
Why I Am So Affordable.
Do I offer payment plans?
How long does a custom logo design take?
I like to give myself 10 days of relaxed design time to submit the first round of logo drafts. I usually don’t work on your logo that full ten days, but I use that time to let the ideas flow (there is usually an abundance of ideas), then I let the designs I have completed scroll through like a slideshow until I settle on the ones I think you would like. It is such a big decision, deciding on the identity of your small business, that I do not like to rush the process. If you can provide an example, like a drawing, of the logo you want, the process takes a lot less time than if you have no idea how you envision the “face” of your organization. Then I take your comments and do whatever is necessary and submit more designs. We will continue this process until you have the logo you love. I do not limit the revisions or the amount of time it takes and I will do my best to accommodate your comments so the custom logo design process is pleasant.
How long will a website take to design?
What a great question! Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable providing a direct answer until I compare your desires and needs with what I am currently working on. I strive to live an honest life, therefore, one answer will not fit everyone. But, to satisfy your curiosity a little, it has been my experience that a basic website can take 4 to 6 weeks assuming you have a good idea of what you want, have content written and have funds available. An e-commerce website or a website with special login features, could take 12 weeks or longer. That may seem like a long time, but it is important to get things right the first time. It saves you both time and money. My advice to you is to plan accordingly and be up front with your time constraints. I will work with you to meet the goals you express to me as best as I can.
What can you expect from me?
Hard work. A Partner. Determination to see you succeed. I want to be a part of your story. I want the opportunity to pray for you and to help you dream big. I want you to think I am a gift to you, from the good Lord above, and I want you to be grateful to work with me. I can’t expect you to believe all that unless I work hard, work creatively, give you ideas to make your goals a little bit closer, and provide creative ways for you to connect with others. Think of me as a silent partner, encouraging you, believing in you and helping you find your way.
What I expect from you. Yes, you.
When you partner with me, you will get a high quality product at a very low cost. In order for me to continue to keep the costs down for you, I need my time to be respected. That means I expect you to be on the ball with providing accurate content and design preferences. This will save us both time and energy if you have some ideas before I start designing. If necessary, I will help you decide what you like as far as colors, typography, and layout are concerned. If you communicate your vision effectively, I am confident in my ability to produce something you like very quickly.
If you are indecisive and change your mind often, it will hold up the project and cost you more money. Trust me, I am fine with that, and my family’s bellies will thank you. But I do not believe your intentions at the starting line is to double your investment because you could not make a decision. I depend on the information you give me and at the same time, you should respect me as the designer and trust that I know my field of business like I trust you know yours. We can do anything through Christ who strengthens us.
In addition, you will need to provide the written content for your website. Let me be extremely upfront here. I can guarantee that if you have a special skill, I do not know what you do and how you do it. It is your profession and you should be able to explain what you do, why you do it, why you are better than your competitors, and so on. It is silly to think I can do that for you. (Can you tell I have had an experience where a client expected me to write their content for their specialized business?). If you need a content writer, I can recommend a few people. Just ask.
And finally, I expect you to make payments on time. The contract includes a schedule with projected dates for completing each phase. I do my best to match the schedule exactly, assuming you have provided the necessary information by your deadlines. When you pay your deposit, you agree to the schedule and therefore agree to make payments on the projected date. If you know you can’t make the payments, then have me adjust the schedule before our partnership begins. I want you to be successful and keep as much funds as possible at your disposal. That is important for a small business. I offer payment plans for this exact reason. Anna Martin Designs is my business and my income pays my bills just like your income pays yours. If an agreement has been made, work has already begun and you are unable to make a payment, please communicate or my designing will stop.
Ok, that was pretty painful for me to type, but it will certainly help our partnership be a smooth one. Thanks!