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 (over 32 years)

Projects

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 8 reviews

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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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Hotse Langeraar
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. Overall, the value he added to editing and designing my book, the website he revamped and his eye for detail outperform the cost of his expertise. Thank you --

Hotse Langeraar, November 2021

Matthew Young
I agree that this project in all aspects was a pleasure to work on and had a successful outcome. Hotse was always willing to listen to my ideas and to offer his own, and we were always able to work...
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Erik Heen
I'm pretty clueless with web design procedures, so Matthew addressed all my concerns with patience and productive guidance. His suggestions were spot-on and his work was impeccable. I hope he will be available to perform maintenance work on my website in the future. I recommend Matthew highly.

Erik Heen, October 2021

Matthew Young
Thanks Erik, it was a pleasure working with you to improve and update your website. I appreciated your suggestions and feedback, and we seemed to be very much in sync from beginning to completion i...
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Nayla Southworth
Matthew was instrumental in making my author website very professional-looking, without compromising style and the ease of using the site. He answered emails immediately, offered excellent advice when asked, and created a fun and engaging website. I will continue using Matthew for any updating on my website. Very highly reccomend!

Nayla Southworth, August 2021

Matthew Young
Thanks Nayla! This was a delightful project from beginning to end, and I look forward to seeing the response to Elena's new book and activities, and to and the website!

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