Welcome! My name is Peter Bockenhauer.
I live in Minneapolis, MN with my wife Andrea and our two dogs Gracie and Elvis. I do web development/design, tech support and consulting with Westwords Consulting.
At an early age I showed interest in expressing myself visually. I always loved to doodle/draw/sketch/etc whenever I could. In elementary school, I grew fond of computers and all the ways I could express myself with them. For some reason computers came very easy to me. The creative/artistic side of me loved to design computer graphics and the analytical side loved to take the computer apart and put it back together.
In 1996, I discovered America Online and soon after, the world wide web. Once I saw other people online sharing their pictures on web sites, I wanted to do the same. I never liked learning from a book, I need to just do it to learn. I would look at other’s HTML code and copy it for myself. As my understanding of HTML grew, I created my first site. I posted images I created on the computer, HyperCard stacks I created in high school, and icons I designed for the Mac. It seemed as soon as I finished a new re-design of my website, I would get bored with it and would want to re-design it all over again.
I spent most of my Senior year of high school in the computer lab, learning about different types of software and hardware. The first site I created that wasn’t my own was my high school’s technology department web site. After high school I decided to attend The Art Institutes International and study graphic design. I graduated in 2002 with my Associate in Applied Science for Graphic Design.
After college, I spent a few months doing graphic design, then worked 6 years in information technology full time. Now I am Technical Lead at Westwords Consulting, doing web development (primarily WordPress) and IT consulting for individuals and businesses of all sizes.