History of Dogwood Web Design & Development
Dogwood Web Design & Development, LLC was created as an equal partnership between Jill Murphy and Michelle Hilton, two classmates that met at Gwinnett Technical College in the Web Design and Development program pursuing second careers. Dogwood officially opened for business on January 4, 2016.
Michelle left Dogwood at the end of 2018. Even though Dogwood is now a sole proprietorship, Jill still contracts Michelle for an especially tricky web problem.
Working with Clients
When working together with a client, I want to be able to create the very best site for you. I want to spend some time getting to know my clients to get a feel for their personalities and a good idea for what they want for their website. It is important for me to have an understanding of your business and how this website will help you to improve your business. I am here to build YOUR site, not mine. I am a resource for design advice and best practices, but ultimately, the final decisions are yours, the client. My clients should feel comfortable talking with me about things that they need changed or tweaked on the design. Good customer service is very important to me.
I enjoy creating new websites and think that they should be functional, easy for users to navigate, and also pleasing to the eye.
About Jill Murphy
In addition to an Associate’s degree in Web Design & Development, I also have a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an M.A. in Labor & Employment Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In the late 1990s, I became interested in web design when I was trying to share pictures of my (at that time) small children with family and friends. I blogged off and on for several years, but really started wanting to learn about web design when I started developing my church’s website. I worked on this site for approximately 9 years, until my church was merged with another church. Additionally, I worked for a year as a clerk at Shiloh High School in Gwinnett County. One of my duties was managing their website. From these experiences, I realized that I wanted to do this as a full time career and went back to school to get a degree.
As far as non-website related interests, I’m an avid amateur musician, and play the bassoon in the Callanwolde Concert Band, sing in my church’s choir at The Nett Bethesda Campus and occasionally play the flute during a worship service. I also enjoy camping with my family in my camper, quilting, knitting, traveling, and gardening.