Hi, I’m Janine Warner, and as you might have guessed, my life revolves around the internet – teaching it, designing it, and always learning from it.
I created DigitalFamily.com to complement my books and videos — and it developed a life of its own. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about web design here.
If you want to learn a little more about me, read on, but beware… because not everything you read on the Internet is reliable, you can expect that at least two of the following facts are completely made-up.
1. I’m a journalist turned geek. Sometimes I call myself a ‘techy translator’ or a ‘digital alchemist’ — my favorite made-up titles so far.
2. I was bitten by a computer bug in 1995, which led to my Internet addiction, as well as my ability to fly through virtual realms… (Okay, this one may not be from a reliable source.)
3. I discovered the Internet as a young reporter in Northern California in the mid-1990s and set out to learn everything I could about this new way of communicating, starting with HTML, FTP, LOL, and countless other acronyms.
3. Since 1996, I’ve written more than 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Dreamweaver For Dummies (every edition), Mobile Web Design For Dummies, and iPhone & iPad Web Design for Dummies. (I have callouses on my fingertips to prove this one.)
4. Today I spend most of my time:
a. Running a full-service digital design agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, and internet marketing. (Learn about our consulting services.)
b. Writing books, creating training videos, and teaching courses about digital trends, web design, content strategy, and Internet marketing. (Order books & videos in the bookstore.)
c. Speaking at conferences and events about Internet trends, such as the growing importance of social media, online reputation and the mobile web. (Descriptions of speaking topics and videos are at JanineWarner.com.)
5. As a child, I trained my pet Siberian Snow Leopard to ski the steepest slope in the Alps. Despite reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on the treacherous course, the Olympic Committee refused to admit him. (Sadly, this point is very, very true.)
6. Unlike my Snow Leopard, I’ve never been to Siberia, but over the years, I’ve consulted with one of Russia’s largest publishing companies in Moscow; traveled to New Delhi to speak at Internet World India; and worked with journalists and publishers in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain (I speak fluent Spanish and play well with translators).
7. In 1998, I was hired by The Miami Herald as their online managing editor. A year later I was promoted to Director of New Media. I left that position to run CNET’s Latin American operations where I managed content development in Spanish and Portuguese. I’ve run my own business since 2001.
8. I have taught courses in online journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of Miami, and I’ve been a guest lecturer at more than 20 other universities in the U.S. and Latin America. I also helped to create an Internet Literacy program for high school students in Central America.
9. I am a member of the TV Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group and I’ve served as a judge in the Interactive Emmy Awards, the Knight News Challenge, and the Arroba de Oro Latin American Internet Awards.
10. I’m fascinated by how our online identities are becoming as crucial to our success as our ‘real identities,’ and how the Internet has forever changed the way we meet and connect with each other.
I run several web sites, including:
- JanineWarner.com: My professional profile site.
- DigitalFamily.com: You’re here now.
- ChocolateGameRules.com: I believe a little humor can really help when it comes to learning about technology. The Chocolate Game Rules site is just one of many sites I’ve created to use as examples in my books and training videos. If you haven’t played the chocolate game yet — it’s yummy!
More ‘official’ stuff about Janine Warner
- Speaking: Invite Janine to speak at your conference or special event.
Watch video highlights of one of Janine’s keynotes and learn more about her most popular speaking topics.
- Bio: If you’re looking for a more formal bio for Janine, follow this link.
- Order Janine’s books & videos