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Partnering with great organizations since 1999

For over 20 years, I've been helping Non-profits and cause based organizations with their websites and other tech needs.

Welcome to Lowthian Design Works, where passion, creativity, and technical expertise converge. I founded the idea in 1999 as Alternative Web Areas (AWA), my journey began by catering to the web design needs of a single organization who needed to update their website while realizing in the early days of website building there were many other great groups that could use help with their websites and other tech needs. Through the power of word-of-mouth referrals, my reputation grew, attracting more organizations seeking my technical expertise offered in an easy to understand manner. As a result of a growing diversity of clients, I evolved my approach to focus on crafting web presences that authentically reflect each client’s distinct character.

I specialize in assisting non-profit organizations with limited technical know-how but abundant creative ideas for their websites. I take their vision and transform it into a vibrant reality while expertly handling the intricate aspects of website management. My goal is to alleviate the burden of website maintenance, empowering organizations to allocate their time and resources elsewhere. I firmly believe that managing a website should be an enjoyable and dynamic part of their overall marketing strategy.

I approach each client with utmost care, love, and compassion, recognizing that individuals have varying levels of technical comfort. I am committed to understanding and accommodating their unique needs, with the goal of a seamless and positive experience throughout our collaboration.

With Lowthian Design Works, you can trust that your web presence will be expertly crafted, reflecting your organization’s character, values, and aspirations. Join me on this exciting journey as we create exceptional websites that make a lasting impact. Together, we will bring your vision to life and establish your online presence with style and professionalism.

The name Lowthian comes from my mother side of the family. Petrena Lowthian’s founded a college of fashion and design (Lowthian College in Minneapolis). Our family roots come from design as my great grandfather was also a fashion designer and tailor who designed clothes for the royal family of England. So it only seemed appropriate to keep this name associated with design. And though I give the credit to my clients for the design ideas, it is with my technical know how that I am able to convert that into website technologies. Just as my great grandfather used needle and thread to create fashion statements for the queen. I train my clients to use their sites just as my mom trained students to pursue their goals.


Let’s make your website work for you and your visitors. I’ll assess your current site, understand your audience’s needs, and create a user-friendly design that makes finding what they’re looking for a breeze. In today’s fast-paced digital world, you can’t afford to lose visitors to a cluttered or slow site.

Some things we’ll analyze:

  • Navigation: Quick and easy access to the information your visitors want
  • Responsiveness: A seamless experience across all devices, from desktops to smartphones
  • Mechanics: Essential features like forms, donations, and other components to meet your organization’s needs
  • Speed: Faster load times for a better user experience and improved search engine rankings
  • And anything else that can enhance your visitor’s experience and support for your organization.

Let’s work together to assess the visual identity of your current website (if you have one) and ensure it accurately reflects your brand and personality. I’ll ask for your favorite website examples and review both the strengths and weaknesses of your current site, as well as those of other sites, to come up with the best design for you. Don’t forget to gather feedback from others, like your board, clients, supporters, or customers, to gauge their perspectives on your site.

We’ll lay out the plan of action together, with me as your client. I don’t go the traditional route of presenting you with an expensive new website and hoping you like it. Instead, we’ll work hand-in-hand, and I’ll show you how to add new content while I revamp the design. I’ll create a test site, transfer any essential content, and collaborate with you on design and navigation until you’re 100% satisfied. Then, we’ll activate the changes on the live site.

I’ll start by taking your current site and any favorite sites or ideas you have as a foundation for the construction process. I’ll be guided by your vision and direction throughout the project. Instead of just building and hoping you like the outcome, I’ll work closely with you, checking in at every step to make sure it’s aligned with your vision. The clearer your direction, the smoother and quicker the process will be.

My aim is to empower you to confidently manage and update your website with ease. I’ll be there to provide technical support and keep your site safe and secure. I will offer ongoing training to help you grow your skills and take full control of your site. Don’t worry if you’re new to website editing; I’ll work at your pace and handle any one-time technical tasks so you can focus on keeping your site fresh and current.

I’ve got your site covered with all the necessary maintenance tasks, including security updates, backups, and platform upgrades. Plus, I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve your site with the latest technology.

My maintenance package includes:

  • Daily site backups for peace of mind, and quick access when needed.
  • One-month backup storage for added security.
  • Regular plugin and platform updates for optimal performance.
  • Advanced firewall and security measures to keep your site safe from potential threats.
  • 24/7 site uptime monitoring for seamless website availability.

As your trusted web technology partner, I’ve got you covered. Leave the technicalities to me and focus on creating impactful content for your site. If you encounter any issues, simply reach out, and I’ll have it fixed promptly or provide you with an update within 24 hours. Don’t waste time searching for answers—I’m here to provide the support you need. From site maintenance to content updates, my goal is to empower you with the skills and confidence to take control of your website. Count on me for ongoing support and training.

“Never think of any right effort as being fruitless. All right effort bears fruit, whether we see the results or not.”

-Peace Pilgrim

“I don’t want to be a leader. I want to be one who goes around with a little oil can and offer help when I see a breakdown. The mechanic with the oilcan, that is my ideal in life.”

-Baba Amte

“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”
-Lewis Cass

If you are not ready to partner, but would like to support my work, you can make a contribution here.
Thank you for your consideration.

Ready to submit a proposal for a partnership? Please make use of my free worksheet.

Need more information? Feel free to fill out our contact form and I will set up an appointment to discuss your needs.

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