Mild-mannered designer by day…
Each project I take on, I invest fully. Meaning I’m part of your team and communicate heavily with you. So you’ll never wonder what I’m doing or if we’re on target to complete the project. And because it’s just me, you don’t have to worry about if the whole team gets you and what you represent.
My background is also pretty unique. My past experience is in human resources and I have a strong foundation of working with startups and small companies. Often, when companies have a human resources team, it’s because they are big enough to operationally need the support but perhaps don’t always have the funds to accomplish everything they want. HR tends to be the department that takes confusing or complicated issues and turns them into digestible content for their employees.
Think of me like that but for your customers. When people don’t understand something, it causes friction. So much of my experience has been to evaluate what is trying to be said and articulate that in a way that reduces the friction and creates a positive experience.
I believe we can build a world that is accessible and inclusive on the internet. I believe removing friction and focusing on experiences shape successful businesses. How someone feels, their excitement or aversion will define if they stay or go. Do they buy from you or someone else? Are you their hero?
What’s it like working with me?
I don’t actually think I’m a superhero. I mean, many people have this notion that superheroes have genetic mutations and have superpowers. Neither of which I have. Unless you count being a triplet as a genetic mutation 😉
… Community builder by night
When not spending time with my husband and kiddo, you can usually find me in various communities across Portland, Oregon.
PDX Shopify Meetup
It was pretty surprising that Portland didn’t already have a Shopify meetup. So I created one. The goal is to meet like-minded e-commerce businesses that currently use or want to use Shopify as their platform.
All events are inclusive and free to attendees.
Portland Women In Technology
I frequent Portland Women in Technology meetups and volunteer with them regularly as their Director of Technology. If you’re local to Portland, Oregon, I highly suggest you check them out. Their meetups are inclusive and open to all who support their mission.
About three times a year, I host Get Hired Up! An event that focuses on helping the community with resumes and interview prep for all types of jobs, not just technical in nature.
My writing and appearances
Make Your Website Accessible (and Avoid Lawsuits) (Unofficial Shopify Podcast)
Are you making these common design/development mistakes on your e-commerce site? (Krista Walsh Copywriter)
I want to be your guest
As a meetup organizer, I know how hard it is to find speakers. I’d love to be on your podcast, speak at your event, and/or write on your blog. Topics I’m passionate about:
- User experience for e-commerce websites
- Conversion Rate Optimization
- E-commerce web accessibility
- Career transitions
- Code school experience
- Starting a solo consulting business
If you’d like to book me, email your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get the details taken care of.
Ilana Davis is a Shopify and Squarespace Superhero who works with e-commerce shops to remove friction from the buying process. She rescues websites creating effective websites that attract more visitors, provides better SEO, and increases conversion rates at a fraction of the cost of a full redesign.