That first site was pretty decent for a first attempt, but within a few months, I was dissatisfied, and overhauled it completely, building on tricks and techniques I’d learned by looking at other composers’ websites, as well as what I’d taught myself about basic web design.
I started taking clients in 2007, and continued to build my skills and knowledge beyond simple HTML into CSS, PHP, and MySQL. I hand-coded every site for years, with more and more sophisticated results. And every few years, I would overhaul my own site, refining the presentation, and incorporating techniques I had learned from other projects, while also maintaining a consistent look and feel across the different versions. This is the fifth iteration of DennisTobenski.com.
In recent years, I’ve turned to WordPress because of its versatility and security, and have started to design for non-musical clients. It’s an interesting “side hustle” that has opened a lot of musical doors for me, and has allowed me to further my personal crusade on behalf of my fellow composers.
As a designer, I strive for clarity and elegance. I pride myself on building sites that are easy to navigate, are organized intuitively, and can serve multiple constituencies with ease.
And I’m always open to working with new clients.
† Past client