Hallo! I’m Erica Schoonmaker, an interdisciplinary digital designer (aka: “unicorn”) from NYC with a passion for accessibility, typography, and responsive or intrinsic web design theory. I specialize in UI/UX design and CSS development for websites and web applications.
I actually got my start designing websites at the tender age of 10, when I begged my dad to buy me the book HTML for Dummies. (Yes, seriously!) That was right around the time that CSS was first introduced, and throughout my teenage years I maintained several websites and a personal blog. Since I have grown up alongside the evolution of the internet, I’ve learned most modern technologies as they have been introduced. (I even started using WordPress, the most popular blogging platform, when it was first released in 2003!) My personal blog eventually evolved into what is now Erica Explores, a lifestyle blog about finding adventure through travel, larp, and living abroad.
After college, I moved to San Francisco, CA to pursue a career in digital product design, where I worked for both startups and large corporations over 7 years. I even got a little “efamous” when I shared my secret for cohesive color schemes on Dribbble back in 2011. After spending so much time in California, I craved a drastic change of scenery and new challenges. That is why, in Fall 2017, I decided to move to Europe! I currently live in Berlin, Germany and am doing web design and development as a full-time freelancer. I have some availability for new projects, so please contact me and let’s chat about your next endeavor!