While my primary focus is usually function, design is a huge part of the development process. A website's design is the first thing a user sees and it becomes the filter through which they see the rest of the website- even if the functionality is fantastic, the common user will base their assessment of the entire website on the overall style. A perfect harmony must be achieved between form and function in order to make a website successful.
Since the new HTML 5 and CSS 3 standards have become available to more users through browser adoption, I have committed myself to these standards in designing stunning products that are capable of merging form and function in a way never before possible in web design.
For the most part, I prefer creating graphics in a vector environment. None of my projects are content with free out-of-the-box graphics, so without putting to fine a point on it, I make my own.
One of the best parts of my portfolio comes from some time I spent working with PSLC on a suite of web-based applications designed to test different foreign language learning methods to find the most effective. It was awesome and I haven't stopped developing awesome applications.
It's hard to imagine, but social media plays an incredibly important role in the success or failure of virtualy anything web-based. Knowing how to employ those media as tools for success is vital to developing a sustainable presence on the internet. Oh yeah... I do that, too.