Donna Freiermuth, the principal behind Organic-Design.net, has been involved
in internet ventures and website creation for eight years, building on an
extensive background in publishing and computers.
She has been an independent designer, editor and writer for publications,
corporations and design firms. In addition to winning an Art Direction Magazine
Creativity Award and an Art Directors Club National Exhibition Distinctive
Merit Award, her work has included:
- Redesigning HOBY.org, the nation's foremost
youth leadership development organization, with more than 335,000 alumni.
This nonprofit offer seminars to more than 8,000 high school sophomores
each year through the 70 seminars offered by volunteers across the country.
- The redesign of that 80+ page site also included rolling out online project
management software to enable those 70 HOBY seminars across the country
to better oversee and track each of their seminar's collaborative efforts.
That software is open-source — which are the exceptional programs
created entirely through a worldwide community of volunteers donating their
efforts. And they're free.
- Creation of templates and detailed instructions so that low-income farmers'
markets can create their own simple but effective websites.
- A current long-term assignment creating an innovative website to deliver
mental health education and techniques to the public.
- An assignment with a software division of Cendant Corporation as part
of the team creating an online information system for the company’s
eight major national hotel chains at their 6,000+ properties.
- Editing and writing for Medical Data International, an online publisher
of market information for the healthcare industry.
- Serving as the interim editor of seven weekly newspapers for the Santa
Monica Evening Outlook.
- Overseeing special publications for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
for seven years, which included the annual 140-page Emmy Awards program
and the annual 128-page Hall of Fame program.
Other clients have included Kaiser Permanente’s Health Publications
and the Medical Benevolence Foundation, an arm of the Presbyterian Church
that staffs and equips hospitals serving the poor in 36 countries.
Before her self-employment, she held magazine staff positions as editor-in-chief
of Micro Discovery Magazine (a computer title), managing editor
of Westways, and managing editor of Human Behavior Magazine.
As an adjunct journalism professor at California State University, Long
Beach, she taught courses in newswriting, magazine feature writing and editing.
She holds a masters of journalism degree in print communications, graduating
with honors from UCLA at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.