Barbara Holbrook is the designer and developer otherwise known as TalkStory Media.

I provide freelance and contract design services to clients in the greater Long Beach area and beyond. With 10 years experience in print design and 8 years building websites, I have the skills to handle projects of all sizes and styles. My goal is to give your company’s graphics the polish and professionalism needed to communicate with today’s design-savvy consumers.

The truth is that people do judge a book by it’s cover. This means that every day potential customers are judging your business on looks alone. They are making split-second decisions based on your business card or website.

In many cases, marketing (this includes your website and social media profiles) is the first point of customer contact. You may not even realize how much business you’re losing due to a dated or less-than-functional web presence.

I build websites that work for your business — with form and function working in harmony to present your business in the best possible way.

I strive to create smart solutions for small businesses. This means different things for each business, but it often includes a cost-effective design that can be updated easily. For some businesses, it might mean devising a technology strategy to capture more customer leads or connecting the business to more social media channels.

At the end of the day, the solution is more important than the technology. I will listen to your needs and use the best tools for the job. Here are few of my favorite design tools: WordPress, HTML and CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, HootSuite.

My portfolio includes more projects than I can list on this website. Over the last decade, I have designed or developed: business cards, postcards, posters, monthly/quarterly newsletters, brochures, flyers, books, logos, business websites, blogs, Internet radio stations, podcasts, WordPress themes and plugins, and much more.

Contact me and let’s talk about what I can design for you.