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

Come and See Website

Who was this site for? This site was built for the outreach and missions teams at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, MN. What is the purpose of this site? This site acts as a blog that will share the stories of hope and compassion that are happening in the CPC community. Church members can come […]

Why I Don't Read Your Website

I spend a good amount of time each week designing websites. As I do I am beginning to realize more and more that copy writing is as much a major part of the project as the design itself. I can do my best to create a site that is visually pleasing, guides the reader and […]

Ecclesia Network Website…

I just launched the website for the Ecclesia Network. This site is excited to see live for a few reasons: 1)I am proud of the design. 2) I am really excited about this network. For the past 7 years or so I have been meeting with a group of pastors. We have all become close […]

Hey, How Do You Use Your Screen Space?

As a designer, I am working on my computer pretty much all day long. After a while, all the little movements it takes to change windows can get annoying so I usually try and set up my screen space in a way that let’s me switch as few windows as possible. The above screen shots […]

Future of Web Design Conference

Most of you who know me know that I make a part-time living as a freelance web designer. Those of you who know me know that I love this work and enjoy it a ton. I got into this with the help of a few good and talented friends (thanks Jim and Matt) and besides […]

This Blog is Wearing New Clothes

If you aren’t using a feedreader to read my blog, you’ll hopefully notice that I’ve given the site quite a face lift. I basically started from scratch and redeveloped it from the ground up. I was the kid who always changed his room around every month just for something new so this should come as […] re-CSSified…

I went to go and fix the menu on The Well’s website late last night and ended up pretty much giving the entire site a face lift. So, what started as a 10 minute project turned into a two and a half hour late-night redesign. The beauty of the process was that with CSSEdit (a […]

"New" Web Design "Portfolio"

I have updated my web design portfolio a bit. Actually, I just listed the sites I have worked on and put up a featured site on this blog. I have found one of the hardest things to do is actually keep my design site current and relevant. I kind of feel like a landscaper who […]

The iPod is Stupid…or so they said….

Josh over at Church Marketing Sucks just linked to funniest and most amazing discussion thread I have seen in a long, long time. This thread from around 2001 when Apple unveiled the iPod and the discussion that insued. You have to go and read it. Its amazing. Here are a few of my favorites: “hey […]

Web Lauching Lunacy

Phew. Time for a vacation. It’s only Tuesday. I just launched my third website in two days. Now I have a headache. I am really excited to have worked on these sites and am looking forward to seeing them develop as they grow: Language of Belonging: I already blogged about this one. We’re still adding […]