Frances Duncan

I specialize in web strategy, design, and project management, and have a strong interest in reading and writing online and off. I enjoy thinking critically and solving problems and my most interesting projects usually come at the intersection of user experience design, web editorial strategy, and design research. I’m comfortable playing multiple roles and crossing boundaries as a liaison and project coordinator.

I’ve been blogging since before blog was a word, and the web is my native context.

Although I still think of New York City as “home,” but after several years in the fuzzy green mountains of western Massachusetts, I relocated to the tall firs of Portland, Oregon. My partners in crime are my husband Dano, our young son, Elliot, and our dog Bix. When I’m not working, I like to read, walk, cook, and travel, preferably to warm, far-away places with good food. I’m an Instagram devotee and I rarely work weekends.

I’m delighted to be working for Rumors Studio, in Portland, so I’m not taking any freelance work for awhile. The best way to get in touch is via email.

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I work on the web. Curious? Check out some of my favorite projects.

Durable Goods Design

The business through which I and Dano offer our services. We work collaboratively and independently on projects for print, digital publishing, and the web.

Imaginary Shapes

Our tiny publishing house specializing in beautiful, flexible ebook ecosystems.