About Us

What I believe

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  • Your website should be barrier free so anyone that wants/needs your sevices can find you (accessibility isn't an afterthought here; it's the first one).
  • Small businesses need just as much if not more support than the big guys.
  • Collaboration over competition.
  • Open & transparent communication, while sometimes uncomfortable, makes for a better experience over all.
  • My clients aren't just clients; they become part of the SBD family. I hope to be their "web gal" for years to come.
  • I am a service provider; helping small business owners make the most of their website. Every client has as much - or as little - backend access as they want (and the risk that goes with it). I DO NOT "gatekeep" my client sites.

Brief Company History

Graphic design, followed by website design, was my backup plan. I had wanted to make the Army a career; Iraq had other plans. After being medically retired from the Army in 2011, I faced the challenge of adapting to a new way of learning due to my disabilities. I failed my first class...EVER. My brain no longer processed new information the same way or at the same speed due to my disabilities. Despite initial setbacks, I persevered.
Rather than give up, I dug deep and began teaching myself the fundamentals of design. In 2017 my website design career began when I created a website for my ceramic art. I continued to sign up for free classes that allowed me to go at my own pace.
In 2019, I embraced my first job post-Army as a graphic designer at an independent print and office supply store in Belfast, Maine. However, the COVID-19 pandemic soon swept across the world, leading to the temporary closure of businesses, including the store where I worked.
Determined to keep the store running and preserve jobs, I made the decision to acquire the shop and managed its operations for 18 months. During this period, I gained valuable insights into website design services and navigating the challenges of running a business while dealing with chronic health conditions.
In 2022 my husband and I relocated to Cable, WI. It was here that I finally found an exceptional care team that advocated for me to have the treatment I needed to stabilize my health. For the last year my health has continued to improve.
In January 2023, I re-launched my website design services as S. Barnes Designs, LLC as a result of these improvements.

Meet the Team

S. Barnes Designs, LLC is a one woman design business with an awesome team of colleagues that support the operations.
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Shawna Barnes

CCO, Website Designer & Developer

Shawna is the creative mastermind behind S. Barnes Designs. She is a disabled Veteran with a neuromuscular autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis. She pursued graphic design after her medical retirement from the Army in 2011. She has been designing websites since 2016/2017. In 2020 she became the owner of a print shop in Maine. However, due to her health and the economic post pandemic, in December 2021 the shop was shuttered. She and her husband moved to Wisconsin in 2022 where she has been able to re-open her website design business, rebranded under S. Barnes Designs.

 
Daniel Curry, information technology specialist for S Barnes Designs.

Daniel Curry

Information Technology Officer & Advisor
Daniel is a hosting partner and technology support specialist for us at S. Barnes Designs. He is also an Army Veteran. He brings more than 30 years of Information Technology experience to the team. Daniel and Shawna have been working together since 2018. This partnership allows for seamless customer service and prompt resolution to any “tech issues” that arise.

Rob Stemple, Accessibility Partner for S. Barnes Designs.

Rob Stemple

Accessibility Partner
Rob is the newest member of our team as our Accessibility Partner. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife. Rob and Shawna are colleagues in their writing endeavors through BioNews. Rob assists with our accessibility audits by performing site reviews using various screen readers to test usability on both mobile and desktop. Born with site, he became totally blind after being hit by a drunk driver in 1989. His real world assessments for actual functionality when it comes to accessing websites with his various screen readers is invaluable.

S. Barnes Designs, LLC is registered as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
(Cage Code 9MAX2, NAICS 541512)

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