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 tobenskimedia.com/dennistobenski.
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