About Andy Knight
It's Not A Job. It's A Calling.
I started making websites by accident in the summer of 2000. Everything online was bright, and shiny... and beveled. Everything was beveled. I began reading everything I could find to teach myself how to design, code, and communicate through the world wide web.
Today, I work full-time for Life.Church as a product designer for the YouVersion Bible App, one of the most popular and highest rated apps in Apple App Store and the Google Play app store.
A website stopped being a novelty a decade ago. Every brand has a website, and every brand wants a better website and probably a better mobile experience for their users. For good or bad, your online image matters more than ever. That's where I come in. I'll do it right and make you look your best.
Design is not art. Design is solving problems. For most apps and sites, their biggest problem is confusing content (the words, photos, videos, etc), not the layout. Content is the most essential design element. The minimum ingredients for an amazing site or app is always interesting content and an elegant layout with ample whitespace.
A site or app is never done. It's born, but you have to feed and nurture it to keep it alive.
Most sites are too busy. I specialize in removing junk from the screen. I major on whitespace.
Why? Because design should get out of the way of the user. A well-designed experience will cause your visitors to think more about you than how your app looks. I want the site to disappear so that the visitors feel they are interacting with you, not a screen.
- UI/UX design for websites and native apps (iOS, Android)
- Understanding what makes a site successful
- Designing and sending email campaigns
- Writing for clarity and engagement
- Finding other awesome designers and developers
- Helping make sense of it all
- and much more
I’ve been making websites since 2000 and designing mobile apps since 2009. User interface design is a professional craft that I’ve spent thousands of hours developing. But mostly, I’m just a guy with premature gray hair trying to figure out how to love my wife and kids, be a true friend, and respond to my Creator.
Work is important, but more than making money, I'm interested in making space in my life. Designers talk about whitespace. It's the area in the design where things aren't. It's not the text or the pictures. It's the empty space around the text.
Life needs whitespace. Space to enjoy family. Space to experience and enjoy God's grace. Whitespace is when I'm not thinking about incrementing social networking stats or designing great apps or websites.
This is my philosophy and—candidly—my daily struggle. I have a wonderful wife and three boys. Life is hectic, so the only way to create whitespace is by ruthlessly saying no, which can be so hard. But my family and faith are worth it. A missionary once said, "He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
I live in Oklahoma.