always being asked this kind of stuff on job interviews and whatnot,
so here's some answers:
does it say "Digital Designs" at the top of the page?
Mainly because "Graphic Designer" didn't cut it any more. While I do possess some hand skills, the majority of my illustrations and designs are being created or enhanced in the computer using the software of the profession, plus I also do web designs and animation as well. Digital Designer seemed to fit the bill for my skills, plus it just sounds cool.
you currently working?
NO. I just finished a year-long contract with an old employer, who decided to then fill the position with a new college graduate than keep paying me. It happens. I still freelance from my home office for an out of state client; and I'm the lead singer of a working classic rock cover band, so I do keep busy - but currently, I am looking for a day gig.
Why did you leave your last job?
Long story short, I had an unpleasant co-worker whose attitude created a very hostile work environment - after dealing with the situation for over a year, I turned in my notice. A little over a week after I left, she was fired for insubordination - I guess that means I need to work on my timing.
do you offer that every other design professional doesn't?
That would depend on the design professional. Most designers have no prepress experience, most production artist have no design skills, and most designers and production artists have no web experience. I have all three, plus the maturity and seasoning that come from dealing with weekly and daily deadlines for over twenty years. I work just as well alone as I do in a team setting, I have excellent written skills, I'm accustomed to public speaking, and I'm comfortable handling customer service calls as well as dealing with outside vendors. I am the total package. I'm humble, too.
What do you know about this new-fangled Social Media thing or SEO stuff?
More than some, less than others. Once upon a time, Search Engine Optimizations was all about the right meta tags and keywords - now it's all about connectivity. Which means if you don't have a marketing person working on your company's Facebook page (which is still free), Twitter feed (also still free), and blog (and still absolutely free), you have little means to up your listing on Google. I'm on Facebook (if you want to see my page, friend me), I tweet, I blog (Operation: Rock Star), and I post my band videos to YouTube. This is the wave of the future, and I have no intention of being left behind - I wouldn't mind helping you ride the wave, as well.
the deal with the spider, anyway?
Actually, it started out as a joke. Anyone who has known me for any extended period of time knows I'm deathly afraid of spiders and always have been. Creating a logo with a spider in it seemed like a pretty silly idea, so I did. Now I've grown attached to the logo and have used it on my business cards and letterhead for the last 15 years or so.