Matthew Young

Matthew Young - Web Developer

Hopewell, NJ, USA

I create attractive, intuitive websites on WordPress and Squarespace that deliver your message and that are easy to update and maintain.

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Overview

I have been a freelance graphic designer, art director, editor, and author for more than 30 years, with clients ranging from individuals to publishers, corporations, non-profits, and agencies. I provide a full range of website and book design, and I can provide editorial advice. The collaborative process makes it all come together.

I welcome projects that include both book and website design, as I did for author Hotse Langeraar's historical novel "Capuche" (see project feature below).

Having published two books of my own, I know first-hand the complexities of writing and marketing one's own book. In my freelance capacity, I have also designed and edited for Oak Knoll Books and Press for many years, and I have conducted and edited author interviews for their website and YouTube channel. From 2015-2020, I managed their publishing and distribution programs.

Clients over the years have included authors, artists, nonprofits, and small businesses. If you have a project you'd like to discuss, please get in touch!

Recommendations:

"Working with Matthew has been a pleasure and he delivered more than he promised. I am exceedingly pleased with the quality of his work, his dedication to the tasks, and the detailed finesse with which he approached each project and chore." — Hotse Langeraar

"Matthew’s web design and construction was based on my book, which he also designed. It helped promote the book, while serving the long-term purpose of showcasing my bookbinding skills and aesthetic. He understands the material to be conveyed and does so with ease, accuracy, and elegance." — Jamie Kamph

"I'm delighted with the process and completion of the website design project I had the pleasure of working on with you. I've gotten great feedback about the site, and it's proving indispensable." — Jack Huston
Services
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Poetry
Short Story
Young Adult
Works with
Squarespace
WordPress

Work experience

Owner, creative director

Self-employed
January, 1990 – Present (almost 33 years)

Projects

Aaron Cummins: "The Cartographers Guild and the Search for the Jade Mask"

Book, website and logo design for the first novel in this exciting series by Aaron Cummins. It was great fun working with Aaron to come up with a theme and images to help present this group of explorers and their adventures in visual form..

Hotse Langeraar: "Capuche"

I provided book design, book editing, and website redesign and overhaul for author Hotse Langeraar's remarkable historical novel. A project of many months, it was great fun from start to finish. Hotse and I collaborated well, which I hope is evident in the results.

Elena Southworth

Website for a teenage author publishing her second book about sibling rivalry and family complications. The website includes a welcome message from Elena, pages for each title, one for reviews and interviews, and one for media events and appearances. I worked primarily with Elena's mother, Nayla, and all contact and social media links on the website were carefully directed to a publicist and/or Nayla.

Jamie Kamph: "Tricks of the Trade"

Website design and book design. Jamie writes, "Matthew’s web design and construction was based on my book, which he also designed. It helped promote the book, while serving the long-term purpose of showcasing my bookbinding skills and aesthetic. He understands the material to be conveyed and does so with ease, accuracy, and elegance."

Matthew has 11 reviews

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Alan Altany
Working with Matthew was both effective and enjoyable as he was excellent in creating the kind of simple, yet elegant, website that I desired. When I am ready for adding new publications to the website, I plan on hiring Matthew again, knowing it will be done very well.

Alan Altany, August 2022

Matthew Young
Thanks Alan! It was an excellent collaboration, and I look forward to helping you update the site as needed.

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Nancy Coiner
I hired Matthew Young for my author website because his websites had energy and spark. Now mine does, too! I enjoyed working with him and found him professional, friendly, and full of useful advice.

Nancy Coiner, July 2022

Matthew Young
Thanks Nancy! It was a lot fun to do a website for a book about libraries and magic, and we seemed to be on the same page from the start.

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Stacy Nicholson
Matthew design an excellent website for me. During web design he constantly communicated with me to assure that web covers and reflects all important aspects of my work. I am proud of his web design which attracts people, shows the best of my work and bring attention of book lovers. I am very grateful to him for his work, effort he demonstrated and his flexibility in various aspects of his ...
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Stacy Nicholson, July 2022

Matthew Young
Thanks Stacy! I enjoyed working with you to create the right website for your poetry, autobiography, and humanitarian projects. You gave me a good sense of the look you wanted at the start, and you...
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Buck Jones
Overall my collaboration with Matthew was terrific. He was able to research solutions for me and explain how to do them in a manner that worked well for my particular needs. As someone who is minimally proficient in "technical" matters, I feel like I learned through my collaboration with Matthew and would recommend him to others without hesitation.

Buck Jones, May 2022

Matthew Young
Thanks Buck; it was a pleasure, and I'm glad I could help get your website ready for prime time!

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Ross Dreiblatt
Matthew was great. He was always available when I needed his help and his expertise was great. He made some great suggestions for my web page as well

Ross Dreiblatt, December 2021

Matthew Young
Thanks Ross, it was a pleasure working with you on your website! Especially important was coordinating to experiment with imagery and color palettes to arrive at the right look for your dark and wi...
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