My name is Methanie Dempsay Binder. I am a photographer, web/graphic designer and occasional writer in the lovely city of San Francisco. I am creative, organized, focused and hard-working. I am also silly and love the absurd. I like to think that the combination of these attributes makes me a lot of fun to work with. I’m special.
When I was in my early teens, I distinctly remember my mother’s camera. She had this cool tiny Olympus point ‘n’ shoot with a removable flash that could be screwed on or off the side of the body. Once, on a trip to Niagara Falls, I somehow managed to hijack that camera when Mom wasn’t paying attention. We were out at night, and the moon was full. Young artisté that I fancied myself to be, I took a multitude of photos of the moon through the branches of the trees. Needless to say, when we got the severely underexposed images back from processing, my mother was not amused. She eventually gave in and got me my own little Ansco, on sale at K-Mart. It was the first camera that I simultaneously loved and beat to death.
When I was nineteen, two major events happened in my life. I moved to San Francisco, and I purchased my first SLR. And so my photography career was born. Having a camera allowed me to meet people in my new town. But it also provided a much needed form of self-expression. For twenty-two years, I have come to depend upon my camera for my sanity.
I do all sorts of photography - children’s portraits, environmental portraiture, landscapes, Photoshop manipulation, art in the everyday. I have been published in JPG Magazine and several online publications. I occasionally show my work in galleries, doctor’s offices and my living room. Almost everything on the site and on my flickr stream is purchasable. I sell my images for stock. I do freelance work. Drop me a line if you’re interested in my services and we’ll have a little confab. It’ll be fun!
My design career has been half as long as my photography career, but has served as my main paying gig for many years. Because of this, I sometimes feel more intensely acquainted with the design part of my brain. In 1999, I received my certificate in Internet Design & Technology from the San Francisco State Multimedia Studies Program, and immediately started doing web design and development work for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). There, I started as an Associate Web Designer/Developer and eventually ended up becoming the Senior Web Designer and Media Specialist in the company. I have designed various aspects of pge.com, pge.com sub-sites, the PG&E intranet, internal PG&E applications, PG&E blogs, PG&E Google banners, and the PG&E Twitter and Facebook presence. My responsibilities also included promoting and maintaining the PG&E brand across the company. I also provided original photography and video for the site and for internal presentations.
Outside of PG&E, I have done web design work for smaller companies, schools and politicians. I have also done a fair share of print design, including brochures, instructional materials, and business card design.
I began my freelance design career in 2009, so if you have design needs, send me a note and we’ll have a little confab. It’ll be fun!