Hand Eye Design
aka michael richardson | web developer based in boise idaho
elegant web solutions since 1999


I began my career as a furniture maker and graphic designer. Around 1999, my work in graphic design morphed into web design, and then writing code. For eleven years, starting in ’03, I ran Timeglider, a web-based application for making and sharing web-based timelines. That was acquired by Preceden in 2018. 

Twenty-plus years of experience in web development means I’m a seasoned, full-stack web developer, fluent in HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. Want a complex real estate mapping application? Let’s do it. Need just a basic “brochure site”? Can do. 

Being skilled in both front- and back-end development, and having a solid graphic design background, I offer a speedy, complete web design/development package for far less money than what you would pay with an agency. I’m a wicked good communicator, too. We’re talking: 

  • All manner of web consulting & development, from simple websites to complex web applications.
  • Help with domains, site migrations, hosting, DNS, and all the other alphabet soup.
  • WordPress development, themes (either from scratch or by modifying existing themes), widgets, plugins, and so forth. If you’re thinking of using Drupal, don’t do it.
  • Customized WooCommerce (WordPress’s main ecommerce plugin) and Shopify solutions. 
  • Search engine optimization (SEO) if it’s not too insane, e-mail marketing assistance, SSL, Google Analytics integration.
  • I can even help with writing, editing, content migration, file & image processing & management, or database management, if you need it.
  • Custom animations, interactions, ajaxy thingamajigs, you name it. Check out my experiments.
  • I believe in keeping thing as simple as possible, and as assessible to the client. 
  • Did I mention that I live in the very cool city of Boise, Idaho?

I charge $100 per hour, but am open to making deals. Like, I bartered for soap once.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more agile, responsive, creative, and thoughtful programmer in Famous PotatoesGive me a shout!