Philip J. Leitch

I am an unemployed graphic and web designer, html and css maker, creative marketer, and collector of vinyl records. I have been a creative director, email development guru, underground zine publisher, punk rock band member, and am currently a purveyor of online job listings.

Being unemployed makes it very hard to collect records. So, I am now accepting invitations to work for creatively cool places of employment.

Things I Can Do

HTML5/CSS3, Web design, Web standards, mobile design/development, print design/production, user interface design, user centered design, user driven development, roller skate, user experience, organic and paid SEO development, Google Analytics, content management software, online ad serving, email marketing, ExpressionEngine, WordPress, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Microsoft Office, some JavaScript/jQuery/PHP

8 Years Working Remote (The Dogs Love Me)

But I also love to work with others, solving problems together. Creatively.

Jobs I've Had

Beyond the Fold (2016-current)

Another two-person shop, this time with a longtime friend who also needs income while trying to find a new job. Check out nwwoodbox.com, the first client site we've launched.

SundogWest (2008-2016) #rip

Email. Email. Email. Two-man shop doing (mostly) email design and development for accounting software juggernaut Intuit. First week in I had to unlearn my HTML/CSS and dig up my 90's HTML table building skills. We also did some print creative and a landing page here and there as well as the occaisonal not Intuit client. But yeah, I spent 8 years making tables inside of tables inside of tables and making sure it looked right in Outlook 2007... fun times!

Unwound Design (2006-2008) #rip

My first foray into freelance work making websites for small business owners in the region. Ended when Chuck whom I knew from Sundog (he was 1 of the founders) contacted me and asked if I wanted to work with him (see SundogWest).

Sundog (1996-2006)

I started as a contracted HTML monkey and worked my way to running and managing the creative team. Along the way I led the charge to update the company branding, kickstarted the SEO/SEM effort for clients, launched the first Sundog blog (which as a sidenote let me be Twitter user #10422 after writing a blog post about this new micro-bloggging thing called Twitter), arranged tons of amazing internal events like Octoberween (combining the admin team's Octoberfest celebration with the creative team's halloween party) that as far as I know they still celebrate, led the FargoWeb.com team (our attempt at a local portal type site — also my biggest failure, sad!), and got to see Sinbad when me and another employee went to an Apple QuickTime conference in LA.

My favorite achievement however was probably a tiny marketing site we did for ourselves called 1,000,000 hits... This was back when people still thought website hits meant something. We launched a site that when loaded would result in 1,000,000 hits so the hit counter was nuts. This was in reply to a competing company running billboards touting their ridiculous "hit" claims. I excel in snarky assholism!

Other jobs

I've also worked as a cook/doorman at a strip club, made and delivered pizzas for Godfathers, Shakeys, and Tomicelli's (local dive, now closed), baked bagels for a bagel shop, was a janitor at the Cass County (North Dakot) Courthouse, and was the night auditor at a motel.

In addtion to those "real" jobs I have written, edited and published a variety of underground (fan)zines, been in numerous punk rock bands, promoted close to 100 shows for touring bands passing through Moorhead/Fargo, screen printed a lot of t-shirts, built a web site to track the flood level of the Red River (but have since abandoned it since IT WILL NEVER FLOOD AGAIN), almost finished college with a fine arts photography degree (so close, so so close), and at any one time I will have somewhere between 3-11 personal web sites in various states of construction (currently working on Record Collector Scum).