Matthew Young

Matthew Young – Web Developer

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

Overview

I have been a freelance graphic designer, art director, editor, and author for many years, with clients ranging from individual authors and artists to publishers, corporations, non-profits, and agencies. I provide a full range of design services, and I can provide editorial advice. The collaborative process makes it all come together.


I design websites that reflect the design and content of a book or body of work, using text and imagery provided by the client as well as appropriate stock and historical images.


I specialize in websites built on Squarespace and WordPress, and an important part of my job is to help my clients become familiar with the administration functions on those platforms, so they are comfortable making edits and updates going forward.


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.


If you have a project you'd like to discuss, please get in touch!


Recommendations:


"Collaborating with Matthew on my website has been a huge pleasure. He fully read my book JJ and incorporated his perceptions into the website design. He was also very patient with my total naivety and led me through the whole process. Not only that, but Matthew has also inspired me to go one stage further with the book itself and include illustrations. It is a better work for all that Matthew has contributed."

— Brian Jameson


“I hired Matthew 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


"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

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Physics & Chemistry True Crime
Fiction
Epic Fantasy Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries Poetry
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)
Works with
Squarespace WordPress

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1990 — Present

Projects

Brian Jameson: "JJ—Founder of the Most Famous Irish Whiskey in the World"

This project was a joy to work on. Brian, a former actor and producer/writer/director of several successful British children's TV shows, wrote a biography of his ancestor John Jameson, the founder of Jameson's Irish Whiskey. He had lots of text and images for me to work with, and we had a great time developing the website. (The book, by the way, is highly entertaining.)

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.

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 28 reviews

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Brian B.

Brian B.

May, 2024

It was a pleasure working with Matthew. He responded quickly and addressed each quest that i made. Would recommend him to anyone looking to launch their website.
Matthew Y.
Thanks Brian, it has been a pleasure!
Anika P.

Anika P.

Mar, 2024

Matthew did a fantastic job with my website. He was always prompt and helped me in specific areas where I was lost. He went out of his way to help me, in areas he really did not have to which I trully appreciate. Matthew is kind, and creative. It was a privilege to work with such a professional. I will not hesitate to hire Matthew again. Thank you very much. Anika Pavel
Matthew Y.
Thanks Anika; it was a pleasure to upgrade your site to promote your writing. I look forward to helping with future books!
Penny W.

Penny W.

Mar, 2024

Mathew not only created a user friendly, customized website for me, but shared valuable suggestions for my book. He is extremely knowledgable and even took time for a conference call to personally walk me through all the options for editing the site. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing a website. Penny
Matthew Y.
Thanks Penny! I look forward to helping update the site when books 2 and 3 are published.
Peter K.

Peter K.

Feb, 2024

Matthew did a fantastic job for me on my website. I had a website that I had done myself but I needed something more professional but beyond that I had no idea what I wanted. Matthew was able to figure out what I wanted (even though I couldn't articulate it), implement it beautifully, quickly and at a reasonable price. What more could you ask for!!
Matthew Y.
Thanks Peter! It was interesting to develop a site designed to pitch your book to agents and publishers. I look forward to adjusting the site once your book is ready for publication.
James C.

James C.

Feb, 2024

Highest marks to Matthew Young, who patiently worked with this beginner to achieve a superior product and who promised to make himself available in future. Looking forward to working with him again.
Matthew Y.
It was a pleasure working on this project, and thanks for your detailed ideas and thoughtful feedback.

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