Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Custom Facebook Designs for Churches

The last two days I have been working hard on transitioning my church, The Well, from a Facebook group to a Facebook Page. There are some subtle differences and some major differences that made me make this decision. Facebook pages do pretty much everything a group does, but a whole lot more… Status Updates/Twitter for […]

Todd Hiestand v7.0

If you are a visitor to my website and not just reading this through my RSS feed, you’ll notice my blog has some new clothes. Okay, so I know what you are thinking. Another blog design? Really? Really? Version 7?!?! I promise, there really is some rhyme and reason to this redesign. First of all, […]

Advice on Working with Web Designers

Most of my readers will know that I support my work as a pastor with two other jobs. I work at Starbucks part-time for the benefits for my family and then I spend about 20 hours a week building websites. I really love my work as a web designer, its a nice avenue for me […]

It's Official: I'm Going Back to Starbucks

It’s hard to believe but I have been a pastor at The Well for about nine years now. In those years, I’ve served at The Well on a part-time-paid basis. This has been an intentional model for us as it allows our church to have a more diverse staff and leadership. This has served us […]

343design Redesign

I redesigned my freelance web design portfolio this week. I’m really happy with how it turned out. Take a look: http://www.343design.com. If you know people who are looking for some web work I’d be honored if you sent them my name and site.

A New Blog Design

This weekend on the airplane I got inspired to give my blog a bit of a makeover. I stuck with the same colors and even the same background but really tried to simplify things a bit. I am also writing some longer articles more often so I made a place to highlight those. I still […]

Design Refresh and New Site Icon

The past month or so I have been working a new design job as a semi-long term contractor for design company. I’ve been working hourly so its easy for me to slip into the temptation to work all the time whenever I have a free hour from church or family.  This of course, leaves little […]

Mailing List Subscription Stupidity

This is what you call re-dic-u-lous. These days, there is absolutely no reason that I should have to wait 10 days for your records to be updated. Get with it people. It’s 2008. Not 1996. Don’t even get me started on how I got on the list in the first place. I’ve never used their […]

My Workspace

One of the nice things about my line of work (pastor / freelance webdesigner) is that I get to work from anywhere. Most of my friends know that if they want to find me, there is a good chance I am at the nearby Starbucks. I’m a fairly social person so I like to be […]

A Few New Website Launches

I’ve been slaving away on a few websites.  A couple of them are done and a few of them are a few days away from launch.   But, I wanted to draw your attention to a few sites that I not only designed but also wholeheartedly recommend.  C4ML – Catlyst for Missional Leadership at Biblical […]