The Pixel Wizard

San Diego, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

If you're looking for a web/graphics designer that's collaborative and comes from a corporate culture and work ethic, I'm your man. I take ownership of my work and I will help guide you to graphics and/or a website that meets your marketing goals. I have been doing professional web design as my day job for over fourteen years, and professional graphic design for over ten. My job title for many years in a corporate position was Business Development Coordinator, which meant I did web design, graphic design, coordinated, designed and ran all trade shows, and I supported our marketing teams. I come from a place of understanding marketing and competition and I bring that to my work with clients if that's appropriate for them. I am also college educated, and I was on the web team at the prestigious Brookings Institution think-tank in Washington, DC, for three years. That is where I really learned how to feature information on websites, especially thought leadership. Please check out my LinkedIn profile for numerous recommendations by my clients and colleagues. http://www.linkedin.com/in/thepixelwizard/

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like helping solo entrepreneurs, and small businesses succeed. I love using my technology and marketing skills to help people. I like using all of my experience and to collaborate in a way that is greater than either of us could have done without the other.
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Location

San Diego, CA 92116

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

3

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Don W. Feb 13, 2014
    Meeting Gary and retaining him to design a complicated start-up application was professional luck. From the start, Gary did a great job - understanding the concept and our needs, executing the design, clarifying our expectations (especially clarifying our lack of design technologies), and eventually delivering a timely and professional product that exceeded all expectations and was within the budget. I would not hesitate to use Gary for additional design work - and, I probably will.
  • Devavani C. Feb 6, 2014
    Gary Harding is a joy to work with. He is terrifically skilled in all things computer and works quickly and efficiently, bringing a wealth of passion for both accuracy and artistry. Gary designed all the graphics and displays for our first Conscious Music Fest 2013 here in San Diego. I am now working with Gary once again to create our new SDCMF 2014 website.
  • Morie W. Feb 6, 2014
    Gary, I can't thank you enough for marketing the daunting task of creating great designs and marketing a lot easier! Your professionalism, creativity and loyalty bring something unique to every project we do together. As Executive Director of a small non-profit organization, It's always a comfort knowing you'll be able to help craft the best designs, while also advising on the most powerful presentation and approach to help us achieve our objective.
  • Raymond F. Feb 6, 2014
    Hello, My name in Ray from Ray's Drywall, Painting and Refinishing. I had Mr. Gary Harding design a web site for me a little over a year ago. He also designed my logo, flyers and business cards. He was really good at working with me and answering my emails and phone calls promptly in my new input ideas. He was very patient even though I kept changing my ideas. Till this day I still get compliments on my web site and its brought me a ton of new business. I still call Mr. Gary Harding to update my website.
  • Patricia H. Feb 5, 2014
    Gary was caring and focused on my need for upgrading and redesigning my website. he was concerned with quality and assisted me with wording as well as design. I appreciate his focus and caring for excellence.
  • Annette R. Feb 5, 2014
    Gary is extremely talented, professional and easy to work with. He gets things done ahead of time and always exceeds expectations.
    Gary H. Feb 5, 2014

    Annette is the owner of Aesthetics in San Diego, an interior design firm for hospitals. I do freelance work for them onsite.

  • Ann H. Jan 28, 2014
    Gary has worked with me off and on for several years. I love the new logo he developed for me, and he has been the primary webmaster for my website for some time. His prices are reasonable, he's very efficient with his time, and he always advises with my best interests at heart, even when that sometimes is less profitable for him. I admire his design sense and professionalism, and I really value his integrity. As his tool kit continues to grow I anticipate an expanded role for him in support of my business branding and marketing activities.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a learning junkie. I never stop learning new things and from every aspect of the business. While I'm always learning to improve my technical skills and knowledge, I'm very interested now in online marketing; both the technical and the higher level of how to really connect with your target market and position yourself, your product or service as the thing that solves their need.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was the Secretary for Graduate Programs at a University and they taught us how to do web design so that we could maintain our department's pages, and I just took off it with immediately. I later went back to school for graphic design, and then got an even better job combining web and graphic design.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would look at all of the provider's work and try to understand their level of involvement:look, at the quality of the work, the writing, how focused the message or the marketing goals were in each piece.