More than Just Web Development.
This is Your
One-Stop Shop.
 

I love to work with nonprofits, arts institutions and creative personal brands because your mission is my mission: Focusing on a message, a unique story, figuring out what gives your site the most value and then adapting a design to it to better connect with donors or clients. On every platform.

 

More than Just Website Development.
This is Your One-Stop Shop.

 

How Content + Design Is Different.

Most web developers and designers don’t come from a content-creating background. I do. I develop websites that adapt to your message. This is my unique perspective and value proposition to you: I’ll help you clarify, produce and streamline your message, your mission, your call-to-action or the story you want to tell to better connect with your site visitors. Your site should be a tool to boost your organization’s or brand’s value and offer tangible outcomes. I develop your website with a clear content strategy in mind. I teach you how to work with your site—and I offer site care, security maintenance and peace of mind, no need to hire separate teams.

How Content + Design Is Different.

Most web developers and designers don’t come from a content-creating background. I do. I develop websites that adapt to your message. This is my unique perspective and value proposition to you: I’ll help you clarify, produce and streamline your message, your mission, your call-to-action or the story you want to tell to better connect with your site visitors. Your site should be a tool to boost your organization’s or brand’s value and offer tangible outcomes. I develop your website with a clear content strategy in mind. I teach you how to work with your site—and I offer site care, security maintenance and peace of mind, no need to hire separate teams.

EDITOR. I focus on quality content, which is more than “content creation” for clicks. It is easy to show off the latest buzz in technology, lots of developers do that. But they forget your message along the way.

Get your message out.

DESIGNER. I draw on a life-long experience in the arts. I was raised in an artistic home and grew up in galleries, museums and foundries, gaining an eye for form and color, for balance and aesthetics.

In design, less is more. 

WEB DEVELOPERI value your message and your clients and make sure that the design supplements your content, increases its impact, assists in its presentation and supports its functionality.

Develop around content.


At A Glance: How Content + Design Compares.


At A Glance: How Content + Design Compares.

Content + Design

  • Specialized in nonprofits and creative personal brands
  • Built on WordPress, a stable, secure expanding platform
  • Customized, flexible, expandable unique designs
  • Design, content, maintenance in one place
  • Clear, defined content strategy & content reviews
  • Concise site structure and navigation
  • Editorial assistance
  • Content creation, uploading or refreshing
  • Social media strategies and campaigns
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) & Google Analytics
  • Ongoing website maintenance & security
  • Individualized training & available to answer questions
  • No hidden costs: 3 equal payments
  • You can choose your own webhost

Wix, Squarespace, Weebly…

  • Do your own content strategy—or hire outside help
  • One-size-fits-all approach to website design
  • Fixed, cookie-cutter templates and website builders
  • Not on WordPress, which powers 40% of all websites
  • Create and edit your own content—or hire outside help
  • Upload content on your own—or hire outside help
  • No site structure or navigation improvement help
  • Some coding required to create a truly unique site
  • No SEO or Google Analytics assistance
  • No individualized technical support
  • No ongoing, personalized training
  • Generic instruction manuals
  • Pay up front or annual contracts
  • Tied to one specific webhost

MY MISSION

Clarifying, optimizing and strategizing your message, your call-to-action or the story you want to tell to better connect with your audience—and then developing a website that adapts to its content to convert site visitors into donors, members or clients.

MY MISSION

Clarifying, optimizing and strategizing your message, your call-to-action or the story you want to tell to better connect with your audience—and then developing a website that adapts to its content to convert site visitors into donors, members or clients.

About Tekla Szymanski

 

 

Hi, I'm Tekla. Let's focus on your content and adapt a design to it.

As a communications’ professional with traditional editorial values at heart and the founder of Content + Design LLC, I love to work with mission-driven nonprofits or creative personal brands, because you have a story to tell or an urgent call-to-action to deliver. Your content is your biggest asset; your website should reflect that. I am here to help you find the right strategy to get your message out by applying the same in-depth checks and balances that I have used in my career as print and online editor.

As a designer, I draw on a life-long experience in the arts. My parents were artists, and I practically grew up in galleries, museums and foundries. I gained an eye for form and color and a deep understanding of balance and aesthetics. I believe that in design, less is often more. The same goes for web design that highlights content: You need a minimum of design to achieve a maximum of functionality. Typography, color coordination and element hierarchy all need to be in harmony.

Content + Design will help you find that right design balance for your unique content needs while discovering your own design preferences.

Your content is your biggest asset.

As a nonprofit or personal brand you are passionate about your message, your story or a service you offer. You want a compact website that delivers a clear call-to-action to find new clients, recruit volunteers or increase donations. You only have a small team at your disposal and needed your site yesterday. I hear you.

Content + Design is your one-stop shop that will save you time and money from hiring separate content, development and admin teams. You will find solutions to your content and design needs, get help in fixing technical frustrations, receive ongoing site maintenance and security monitoring for your peace of mind.

And if needed, you’ll find consistent, reliable help in overcoming roadblocks, smoothing technical glitches or refreshing your content strategy—long after our initial design is done.

My experience with print and digital will optimize your design.

I am a visual communicator who focuses on quality content, which is so much more than mere “content creation” for clicks. It is easy to show off the latest buzz in technology, lots of developers will do that for you; but they will forget your users, and your message, along the way. I’m here to help your content shine.

I spent my childhood and early career in Florence, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv, working on three continents in five languages. I bridge cultures. I have held managing and senior editorial positions in international and domestic newspapers (Ha’aretz, Telegraph, Globes, Aufbau), magazines (World Press Review Magazine) and the radio (Galei Zahal). I have designed and maintained websites and overseen web campaigns.

I hand-coded my first website in 1998. In fact, Content + Design LLC launched exactly 20 years after my first attempt to move from print media to the web. Read more about my own website design journey. I’ve been were you are now: trying to find the right design for your content needs.

As a journalist, I believe in good content, no matter the platform. As a web developer, I believe any design has to supplement the content, increase its impact, assist in its presentation and support its functionality. Think Bauhaus. Content should never be click-bait or fluff. It shouldn’t waste users’ and readers’ time. Digital & print—brevity vs. long-form, immediacy vs. in-depth—as well as web content & design are all important ways to communicate, but they won’t work on their own.

I try to bridge those gaps.

 

Spotlight On: Tekla Szymanski (New York Women in Communications)
NYWICI: Spotlight on Tekla Szymanski

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  • “Tekla was an amazing team member in a fast moving campaign. She added a new dimension to the group and fit well into the rapidly changing demands of the project. Tekla is highly recommended as an asset to anyone lucky enough to work with her.”

    Michelle Kraus
    Michelle Kraus
    CEO Government Affairs, Sliicon Valley
  • “Tekla’s expertise in interpreting information and configuring it for ease of readability by the end user made executing my project not only simple but sensible. She brought insights that expanded the page architecture and delivered the project on time and within budget. The page is functional and beautiful—the perfect combination!”

    Joanne Sephine
    Joanne Sephine
    Vice President, Creative
  • “Tekla has a unique mix of talents that make her an asset to any organization looking to communicate better digitally. She blends the best attributes of print journalism—strong reporting, writing and editing skills— with an in-depth understanding of web design, technology and usability.”

    Gail Griffin
    Gail Griffin
    Digital Product Strategy & Execution
  • “Tekla was a great asset to the team of editorial assistants and completed her work with great attention to detail. Her questions and comments were succinct and to the point and demonstrated her experience as a content strategist.”

    Berlitz
    Hadrien Tournier
    Assistant Director Content Development, Berlitz Corporation
  • “Tekla showed her creativity, reliability, flexibility, judgment and all-around superior website skills when we worked together. It required Tekla to function independently but as part of a far-flung team working on a rush project to build and support a content-rich advocacy website. Her professionalism is impeccable.”

    Gloria Feldt
    Gloria Feldt
    Author, Activist, Co-Founder Take The Lead
  • “At a time touted as an “either-or” situation—new media versus old—Tekla has launched a business that very wisely marries the two. I have been impressed by her vision, dedication, talent and willingness to seek out a solution to every situation.”

    Michelle Lodge
    Michelle Lodge
    Senior Editor
  • “Tekla consulted me on my company’s web site that targets Fortune 500 companies. She fine-tuned our message and understood how to best convey it in a succinct, easy to follow way. Tekla understands the target audience and is able to tailor the content to best convey the essence of a story.”

    Yori Lavi
    Yori Lavi
    Business Strategist & Entrepreneur
  • “Tekla worked as Homepage Editor for our U.S. News Portal mail.com and has been very successful in increasing the traffic on our editorial section. Besides being a joy to work with, Tekla is a take-charge person who is able to present creative ideas and develop new concepts to increase web traffic.”

    Thomas Rebbe
    Thomas Rebbe
    Head of Editorial Content, 1&1Mail and Media
  • “Tekla can do it all: She can write well, edit perfectly, and she understands how the content works in the context of the web. Because she’s knowledgeable about the workings of websites, her content is right on the mark. And she’s a pleasure to work with, because she’s so smart and a really nice person.”

    Deirdre Wyeth
    Deirdre Wyeth
    Web Developer
  • “Tekla’s skills and talents are vast, as well as precisely specialized and interconnected. She’s someone you can always trust to not just get the job done, but to do it the right way; she truly wants things to be the best they can be. Tekla is essentially drama-free with immense skills and mindful dedication.”

    Kristen Dolle
    Kristen Dolle
    Creative Director
  • “As a long time former Board member of New York Women In Communications, Inc., I know Tekla as a professional, thorough and hard working team player. If you have Tekla on your team, she’ll be the “go to” person to get things done in a polished way.”

    Ginny Pulos
    Ginny Pulos
    Presentation & Media Trainer
  • “Tekla is extremely intelligent, resourceful and hard-working. Oh, and did I mention she speaks five languages? She’s also dedicated and pays strict attention to detail. Tekla is a great addition to any team!”

    Laura Allen
    Laura Allen
    Founder ThePitchGirl.com
  • “Tekla has been in charge of content strategy, management and overall maintenance of the NYWICI website since 2008. She is a pleasure to work with, managing multiple priorities without skipping a beat.”

    Maria Ungaro
    Maria Ungaro
    Exec. Director, NYWICI
  • “Tekla consistently approaches the problematic relationship of design to content (and vice versa) with thoughtfulness and a high standard in planning and execution. She is a compassionate listener and is fiercely organized and focused. Though you may classify her as your external resource, she will quickly become an indispensable part of your organization.”

    Susan Soriano
    Susan Soriano
    Director of Communications & PR
  • “Tekla was an amazing team member in a fast moving campaign. She added a new dimension to the group and fit well into the rapidly changing demands of the project. Tekla is highly recommended as an asset to anyone lucky enough to work with her.”

    Michelle Kraus
    Michelle Kraus
    CEO Government Affairs, Sliicon Valley
  • “Tekla’s expertise in interpreting information and configuring it for ease of readability by the end user made executing my project not only simple but sensible. She brought insights that expanded the page architecture and delivered the project on time and within budget. The page is functional and beautiful—the perfect combination!”

    Joanne Sephine
    Joanne Sephine
    Vice President, Creative
  • “Tekla has a unique mix of talents that make her an asset to any organization looking to communicate better digitally. She blends the best attributes of print journalism—strong reporting, writing and editing skills— with an in-depth understanding of web design, technology and usability.”

    Gail Griffin
    Gail Griffin
    Digital Product Strategy & Execution
  • “Tekla was a great asset to the team of editorial assistants and completed her work with great attention to detail. Her questions and comments were succinct and to the point and demonstrated her experience as a content strategist.”

    Berlitz
    Hadrien Tournier
    Assistant Director Content Development, Berlitz Corporation
  • “Tekla showed her creativity, reliability, flexibility, judgment and all-around superior website skills when we worked together. It required Tekla to function independently but as part of a far-flung team working on a rush project to build and support a content-rich advocacy website. Her professionalism is impeccable.”

    Gloria Feldt
    Gloria Feldt
    Author, Activist, Co-Founder Take The Lead
  • “At a time touted as an “either-or” situation—new media versus old—Tekla has launched a business that very wisely marries the two. I have been impressed by her vision, dedication, talent and willingness to seek out a solution to every situation.”

    Michelle Lodge
    Michelle Lodge
    Senior Editor
  • “Tekla consulted me on my company’s web site that targets Fortune 500 companies. She fine-tuned our message and understood how to best convey it in a succinct, easy to follow way. Tekla understands the target audience and is able to tailor the content to best convey the essence of a story.”

    Yori Lavi
    Yori Lavi
    Business Strategist & Entrepreneur
  • “Tekla worked as Homepage Editor for our U.S. News Portal mail.com and has been very successful in increasing the traffic on our editorial section. Besides being a joy to work with, Tekla is a take-charge person who is able to present creative ideas and develop new concepts to increase web traffic.”

    Thomas Rebbe
    Thomas Rebbe
    Head of Editorial Content, 1&1Mail and Media
  • “Tekla can do it all: She can write well, edit perfectly, and she understands how the content works in the context of the web. Because she’s knowledgeable about the workings of websites, her content is right on the mark. And she’s a pleasure to work with, because she’s so smart and a really nice person.”

    Deirdre Wyeth
    Deirdre Wyeth
    Web Developer
  • “Tekla’s skills and talents are vast, as well as precisely specialized and interconnected. She’s someone you can always trust to not just get the job done, but to do it the right way; she truly wants things to be the best they can be. Tekla is essentially drama-free with immense skills and mindful dedication.”

    Kristen Dolle
    Kristen Dolle
    Creative Director
  • “As a long time former Board member of New York Women In Communications, Inc., I know Tekla as a professional, thorough and hard working team player. If you have Tekla on your team, she’ll be the “go to” person to get things done in a polished way.”

    Ginny Pulos
    Ginny Pulos
    Presentation & Media Trainer
  • “Tekla is extremely intelligent, resourceful and hard-working. Oh, and did I mention she speaks five languages? She’s also dedicated and pays strict attention to detail. Tekla is a great addition to any team!”

    Laura Allen
    Laura Allen
    Founder ThePitchGirl.com
  • “Tekla has been in charge of content strategy, management and overall maintenance of the NYWICI website since 2008. She is a pleasure to work with, managing multiple priorities without skipping a beat.”

    Maria Ungaro
    Maria Ungaro
    Exec. Director, NYWICI
  • “Tekla consistently approaches the problematic relationship of design to content (and vice versa) with thoughtfulness and a high standard in planning and execution. She is a compassionate listener and is fiercely organized and focused. Though you may classify her as your external resource, she will quickly become an indispensable part of your organization.”

    Susan Soriano
    Susan Soriano
    Director of Communications & PR
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