Amy Haywood Dutton

About Me

Hi! It’s nice to “meet” you, my name is Amy. Let me tell you about myself (after all, you did click on the about link). I’m a web designer and programmer in Nashville, TN. I run my own firm, Ah Ha Creative. I do a little bit of everything: web design, print, and program. Weird. I know.

You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Dribbble, Instagram and Pinboard. — I’m everywhere...or at least I try to be.

About This Blog

There are different theories and philosophies about blogging. Do you post everything you’re about in one place? or do you break it up into multiple blogs based on niches? For the time being, I’ve landed on the former. It’s much easier to maintain one blog than three. So...

I’ve broken my blog into three different categories:

  • Design – Design work, how to’s, process, and case studies.
  • Programming – As the name suggests, this is where I post stuff about programming. Usually, I'll post tutorials and how to’s. Occasionally, it will be philosophical, but for the most part, I’ll try and stick to the practical.
  • Everything Else – Let’s be honest, this is really the category for everything else: social media, marketing, branding, and blogging.

The Work


I love doing freelance. It allows me to meet a variety of people and work on some really fun projects. (Check out my portfolio.)

If you need a logo, business cards, letterhead, or a new web site (design or development) let me know. I’d love to help.

...and if you want to get technical, I know HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. Even though I have experience using a variety of content management systems and tools, most of my experience is in Wordpress. For custom development, I'm crushing on Laravel.

Still have questions? Check out my portfolio or contact me.

Full Biography

So, I’m assuming if you scrolled down this far, you may want to know more about me (or maybe I’m being presumptuous).

My first website, I built using Netscape Navigator’s web tools when I was in 8th grade. I decided it would be a good idea to pull animated gifs from various sites and put them all in one location. With so many images, my site files were huge and enough to give anybody a seizure. I like to believe I was before my time. Curated content and animated gifs? Sounds like today's Giphy!

In High School, I interned at a web firm, formerly called Tallent Communications, now Mercury Intermedia. There were a few people there that really invested in me and taught me the basics of what I know now.

I graduated from college in 2006 from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Radio / TV Broadcasting and a concentration in Animation.

After college, I went and worked for a web company on Music Row (in Nashville) called echo (owned by Ticketmaster). We built websites for artists and entertainers. It’s still fun to name drop in conversations. I worked there for a year, before going to LifeWay. It was a good thing, too, because two months after I left, Ticketmaster dissolved echo.

I worked at LifeWay for four years on the Training and Events Production team. We did print, web, and video to support all the various events LifeWay produces. We served five different departments, ranging in demographics.

That brings us to now. In January 2013, I left LifeWay and have been doing freelance full time ever since.



This site was built using Zurb Foundation's framework, jQuery, WordPress, and magic.

I design in my moleskine, push pixels in Photoshop, and code in Sublime.

The headings of the site are set in Brandon Grotesque and the body copy in Tisa Pro (implemented via TypeKit). The “Amy” script in the header is some of Micah Lanier’s custom work.

The icons are from Creative Market.

Making Money on my Blog

The government likes it when I include this part.

I really do want to share the things I learn. I want conversation. Two is always better than one.

However, I do participate in affiliate programs (namely, Amazon’s). I figure, if I’m going to share a link anyway, why not make a buck or two. — Just know, I’m not sharing links just to make money, that’s only an added benefit.