About me

Dustin Solmonson

Designer/Producer from Excelsior, MN

Growing up on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, I've spent my life surrounded by inspiration. In high school I found a passion for web development, teaching myself HTML and coding websites in my notebooks. Later, I would help our art teacher develop courses for digital art (photoshop) and HTML development.

After graduation I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead as part of the Multimedia Production program. About 2 years in I took a course in desktop video and found another passion, filmmaking. I decided to extend my stay at the university and double major, Graphic Design and Video Production.

Since completing my two bachelor programs, I have spent the last 7 years working as a web developer for a small web design firm as well as being an owner of Circa Productions, a Video Production company. I have led several film competition teams, taking home many awards and 2 consecutive "Best Film" awards.

Currently I live in Excelsior MN, once again along the shores of Lake Minnetonka with my wife and two sons. I work managing a web development team and doing graphic design and video production on a freelance basis.

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My Areas of Expertise

Photoshop

Designing websites, manipulating photos, creating new artwork.

HTML5 / CSS3

Hand coding websites from scratch as well as utilizing responsive frameworks.

Premiere Pro

Audio & Video editing from start to finish.

InDesign

Print layouts, flyers, book covers and signage.

Office

Powerpoint graphics and templates, word processing for letterheads, etc.

Mac & PC

Very comfortable in both a mac or PC environment. Troubleshooting and problem solving.

Work Experience

May 2010 Present

WebLeaseUSA

Lead Developer/Designer

As the lead developer, I am the technical and creative liason to our clients. I am responsibile for coming up with the creative designs and the coding of the sites. In addition, I manage my development team to ensure that projects get completed properly, on time and to our clients' specifications.

  • HTML/CSS Web Design
  • Wordpress
  • Client Interaction & Management
  • Project Management
January 2011 Present

Circa Productions, LLC

Producer/Editor

As one of the founders of Circa Productions I played a big part in running the company. My main roles included sales, producer, director and post production. For many of our projects, I orgainized the shoots, developed the concepts and shooting schedules, hired the appropriate crew and obtained the necessary equipment. In addition, upon completion of the project I would maintain contact with clients to assure their satisfaction with our product and would quite often get return business because of our professionalism and thoroughness.

  • Video Editing
  • Web Design / Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Project Coordination
  • Team Management
  • Business Management
January 2009 Present

ClearView IT

Graphic Design/Web Design

I have been a contracted freelance web developer for Clearview IT since 2009. I provide design and development services to them and their clients as needed. I have helped on a consulting basis to aide in bringing additional business from clients who had design needs beyond traditional IT services.

  • HTML/CSS Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Client Communication
  • Remote Management
November 2009 May 2010

Regency Beauty Institute

Graphic Design/Web Design

As a member of the marketing team at Regency I was responsible for making updates to their website, both corporate and individual school locations. During my time there we rolled out a new training manual in which I created an icon set for use in the print materials as well as designed window artwork and wall artwork to be printed for their academy locations. Utilizing the data import features of Adobe InDesign I turned what used to be a long, daunting task for the marketing team of creating thousands of name-tags for a nationwide event, into something that took only a few hours and was far more efficient and accurate.

  • HTML/CSS Coding
  • Graphic Design
  • Print Design
  • Vendor Communications
November 2003 June 2009

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Web Developer

As a member of the university web-team I worked with departments and faculty all over campus, helping them keep their pages updated, accurate and fresh. In 2005 I helped organize and implement a complete redesign of the university website, consisting of hundreds of individual pages and their assets (documents, images, forms, etc.)

  • HTML/CSS Coding
  • Project Management
  • Large Scale Project Roll-outs
  • Graphic Design
  • Print Design
  • Faculty Communications
  • Student Communications
  • Various Technical Services

Education & Diplomas

While attending MN State Moorhead for Web and Graphic Design, I discovered a passion for filmmaking as well. As a result I decided to double major and persue both aspects of my creative passions, Web Design and Multimedia Production.

June, 2009

B.A. Film/Video Production

Minnesota State University Moorhead

After taking a course in desktop video, I found a real passion for editing and decided to follow the path of film school. Once within the program I quickly found out that I also really enjoyed producing projects. I took the relationship and skills I developed in my time there and began a video production business with some of my peers.

June, 2009

B.S. Multimedia Production

Minnesota State University Moorhead

I begain designing and coding websites in High School where I would write code by hand in my notebooks and make the sites later. I assisted the technology/art teacher in creating the first graphic design/web development course and it just seemed a natural progression that I persue the field into my post secondary education.

Portfolio

Here is just a small sample of some of my design, web and video work. If you would like to see more, send me a message and let me know. Also if you want to talk about any of my past projects, I'm always down to talk shop!

Get In Touch

Do you have a need for some design work? Do you need a video produced for your company? Have a film idea but need someone to help bring it to life? Get ahold of me!
I'd love to talk to you!

Contact details

23715 Smithtown Rd | Excelsior, MN 55331

612.208.6364

dustin.solmonson@gmail.com

www.dustinsolmonson.com

Send me a message!