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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 meet. My journey began in 1999 with Alternative Web Areas (AWA). Initially focused on a single organization’s web needs, I quickly realized the broader demand for accessible web design and tech support. Through word-of-mouth, my reputation grew, attracting diverse clients who valued my ability to translate technical concepts into clear, actionable plans.

I specialize in helping non-profits bring their creative visions to life online, even when they lack in-house technical expertise. I work closely with them to craft websites that authentically reflect their character and mission. My goal is to take the stress out of website management, freeing organizations to focus on what they do best.

I approach each client with care, compassion, and a commitment to understanding their unique comfort level with technology. My focus is on a seamless and positive experience for everyone involved.

With Lowthian Design Works, your web presence will shine. It will embody your organization’s values and aspirations. Together, we’ll create an exceptional website that makes a lasting impact, establishing your online presence with style and professionalism.

Picture of Petrena Lowthian circa 1985

The name Lowthian carries a strong design heritage in my family, passed down from my mother’s side. My mother, Petrena Lowthian, honored this legacy by founding Lowthian College in Minneapolis, now part of the Art Institutes International Minnesota. This design tradition runs even deeper – my great-grandfather was a renowned fashion designer and tailor, creating exquisite pieces for the English royal family.

I believe in continuing this tradition of design excellence. In my work, I partner with clients to create outstanding designs, just as my great-grandfather meticulously crafted garments for royalty. And, like my mother who guided students towards their goals, I train my clients to expertly use their websites to achieve success.


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

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

“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

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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