Hi. I'm Matt.

Matt

I'm a pretty versatile guy.
Some of the hats I wear now:

I make websites.

I'm qualified.

It's part of my full-time job, and it's a lot of what I do on the side as Libera Web Design. I'm proven in my current skillset, but am continually learning how to do more, and do what I do better.

I'm flexible.

My designs span a wide range of styles, including modern staples like responsive design, flat design, and so on. Want to use Wordpress? I can do that. Like that Twitter Bootstrap look? No problem. Dynamic content and interactivity? Check.

I'm experienced.

I've got over 10 years of website-building experience. I've built simple personal-portfolio-style websites, and I've built complex, interactive sites for small businesses, schools, and nonprofits.

I'm reasonable.

Everyone wants their money to go farther. I hear you. My going rate is $40/hour, and I offer a discount if you're not-for-profit. My quotes are guaranteed - you'll only pay for the time I need, and if I need more than I thought, that's on me. I keep clients informed and in the loop, where they want to be.

Take a look.

Click on one of the thumbnails for the nerdy details.

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Music for a Great Space, 2013

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American Legion Post 1540, 2013

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Braxton Craven Band, 2012

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CBNDA 2013, 2011

I play musical instruments.

Take a listen.

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, mvmt. 4 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (2009)

Hillandale Waltzes, mvmt. 6 - Victor Babin (2008)

Interméde, from Quatuor pour la fin du Temps - Olivier Messiaen (2005)

El Salon Mexico (excerpt) - Aaron Copland (2008)
with the Western Piedmont Symphony (clip used with permission)

You could call me a professional.

Actually, please do. I am classically-trained clarinetist - I even have two degrees to prove it. Currently, I freelance and play with professional groups across the Piedmont Triad.

I'm also a doubler.

Clarinet is only the beginning. I've built some serious chops on saxophone and flute, and can even hold my own on oboe and bassoon. You can often find me dressed in black in pit orchestras around Greensboro as well.

I teach.

I have had students of all ages - from beginners to high schoolers looking to audition for music school. I am always looking for students, and my rates are reasonable, at $30/hour. Contact me if you're interested.

I appreciate (and brew) beer.

If there were a beer equivalent of "sommelier," I'm pretty sure I'd be it. (Actually, they're apparently called "cicerones" - I need to get on that). I enjoy beers of all kinds, from all places. And when I say "enjoy," it's a thoughtful, meaningful appreciation; I don't "enjoy" beer like a frat boy. I have the kind of appreciation that compels me to seek out the local microbrews when I'm visiting a new place, just to try something new.

If you ask me, Fall and Winter are the best times of year for beer. It's the Oktoberfests, the pumpkin ales, and the winter warmers. I've also got a particular affinity for Belgian-style brews, and a fondness for a well-done dark beer.

I've started homebrewing, and while it's still a relatively new hobby, I've been happy with my results so far. I've done an Oktoberfest, a Winter Warmer, a Rye, a Milk Stout, and a Wheat so far. I've got a Maple Porter in the fermenter now, and will move onto another Winter Warmer for the holidays. Or at least that's the plan right now. Maybe I'll sneak an IPA in there somewhere.

I'm also on Untappd - and so are my beers (Castle Bridge Brewing), if you're ever in the neighborhood to try one.

I love games.

Eurogames

I'm totally one of those guys who has a shelf full of games that nobody's ever heard of before. (Unless they're into Eurogames.) Regardless, you don't have to twist my arm very far to get me to sit down and unbox one with you.

Disc Golf

It's basically awesome. It's free (except when you're like me and keep buying gear). It gets you outside. If you've never played before, give it a try. At the worst, you're enjoying a nice hike through the woods, and smashing plastic things into trees. I don't have the strongest arm out there, but I've been holding my own in local leagues. I even bagged my first ace back in July.

Video Games

Definitely not a "gamer" in the colloquial sense...but I do enjoy the occasional stint with sports games (baseball / golf), and a good RPG every so often - assuming I have the time to spend with it. I also have a weakness for word games...but more the Letterpress / Puzzlejuice kind rather than the Words With Friends kind.

I occasionally take nice pictures.

My Gear

I'm not a professional, but I have some OK gear. I shoot Canon, with a 50D as my primary. A few lenses, nothing too special - stock, telephoto, a nice 50mm prime, and a fun macro lens. No L-glass...too expensive. I've also got a neat set of filters, and a decent Canon flash.

What I Shoot

I am mostly nature / landscape - things that don't move around too much. I try and shoot on full-manual so that I get a good sense for those things like ISO, aperture, shutter speed...etc. Most of my good shots are from vacations and travel...I've only gone on a few trips specifically for photography.

I also do event photography for Music for a Great Space. That's fun, because musicians are usually pretty photogenic, and their spaces are pretty nice to shoot in.

Take a look.

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Antelope Canyon - Page, AZ

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Portland Head Light - Portland, ME

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Superstition Mountain - Phoenix, AZ

I'm really just a nerd. In a good way.

Technology

Yes, I'm one of those guys who gets a bit giddy when some really awesome piece of technology comes out. I try and stay on top of trends and new developments.

I also can't stop learning. I have my hands into a few different things - Ruby, Python, Node.js - none too deep yet, but I'll get there. Of course, I'm always digging for ways to make my PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and Javascript better too. Bring on the challenges!

For Good, Not Evil

Lots of tech out there exists to improve the way we live - and no, I don't mean enabling you to surf Facebook from the couch. I am passionate about finding ways that technology helps people to be more efficient at making a difference in the world, which is why instructional technology fits me so well.

What Tech Does for Me

Being a programmer, troubleshooter, trainer, and general tech enthusiast brings out the detail-oriented, never-say-die, friendly, and super-geek sides of me. Technology has improved my life at both the superficial level and the inner-most level.