I highly recommend Aaron. I worked with him on a web redesign and infrastructure project, making it easier to create and maintain content on the site. Aaron is thoughtful, thorough, complete, very quick, results oriented, responsive – and has an eye for good website practices. Plus he is very pleasant to work with.
I’m not only expert in efficient web-building technologies and practices, I place a high priority on communicating clearly with my clients. I make sure to understand exactly what it is you need, and help you clearly understand both your choices and what I’m doing to the technical degree you want and need.
I worked for big companies (About.com, DoubleClick, Wolters Kluwer, and others) for 10 years before becoming a full-time self-employed website developer in 2003.
When not working, I enjoy cooking, reading fiction, walking the dog, hanging out with my flock of chickens, corrupting the minds of my two kids, and creating fine art.
Aaron Hodge Silver is a top-notch, lightning-fast web developer and an absolute joy to work with. Not only is he incredibly smart, trustworthy, and fantastic at thinking up creative solutions to development needs, he’s also 100% accountable, organized, and responsive as a contractor. I’m honored to have had Aaron on board at Julia Barry Productions for many years now, and look forward to many more. Don’t hesitate to hire Aaron — he’s worth every penny!
Composer, Web Designer
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Aaron on a variety of projects while employed at two different institutions. Aaron is my go-to developer for web projects given his expertise. He’s reliable, responsive, and very easy to work with. Aaron has always delivered top-notch work while working within my budgets and timelines, both important considerations for nonprofit and higher education organizations. I have recommended before and will continue to recommend Aaron Silver and Springthistle Tech.
In a word, Aaron delivers. His creative designs reflect his artistic touch, but show his nuanced understanding of what is an efficient, logical, and productive user experience. The result is a website that is memorable and usable, an increasingly rare combination these days. As if that weren’t exceptional enough, Aaron is also the consummate professional. He is meticulous, responsive, insightful, and thorough. He is on deadline every time and doesn’t waste your time. He works well with others and, if asked, can handle the many intricacies of managing a team. He’d be an asset to any web development project.
I worked with Aaron on a last-minute, high-stakes (for a website) project that had to come in bug free and on time. And Aaron did exactly what he said he would, which was deliver what we needed in a timely and professional fashion. Additionally, he possesses excellent communication skills, is self-managing, and readily available. In short, I can’t recommend highly enough and hope to have the pleasure of working again with him soon.
I’ve utilized Aaron’s services for so many years now, if our professional relationship were a person, they’d be applying for a learner’s permit to drive. There is an obvious reason I come back to Aaron time and again, and it’s because of his excellent product and skills, responsiveness, and cost effectiveness. Springthistle is not one of those web developers who wants to create a website that only they can service and then milk you for tweaks indefinitely. He is instead building a platform and then “teaching you to fish,” i.e., giving you total control if you want it, which I do. I think this is great because when it’s time to redo a site, or create a new project altogether, of course I’ll come back to the person who doesn’t make me worry that there will be added costs down the line. And for the things that I can’t do myself, his billing structure is so fair, I don’t have to worry that a quick fix is going to blow my budget. Those are just some specifics but overall I can’t say enough great things about working with Aaron!
Aaron was a real pleasure to work with. He was professional and him final work on our website met every expectation. Throughout the project, he always made time for my questions and answered them completely and in an accessible way. I would definitely recommend him to other companies looking for a beautiful, streamlined website and a hassle-free process creating it.
My organization had the pleasure of working with Aaron on our new website. From the start, he was straightforward, clear, and dependable. He listened carefully, always provided us with clear choices where available, and made sound and trustworthy recommendations. We found Aaron to have outstanding attention to detail and good design sense. He also had the expertise to execute any customizations we needed. He always delivered on-time or early, communicated clearly about deadlines, and stayed within our budget. Thank you, Aaron. I look forward to continuing our work together.
Chief of Staff and Director of Communications
Aaron has provided outstanding support for our blog, demonstrating deep technical expertise and the highest level of professionalism. He always provides very accurate and reasonable estimates, and delivers his work on time and within budget. Aaron has a knack for patiently and clearly explaining technical concepts and requirements to non-technical people. And on top of all that, he’s a genuinely nice guy!
Director of Content
Aaron brings a can-do attitude, a detailed-oriented work style and a high level of skill to his web design/programming clients. A very smart man, Aaron asked the right questions to understand our needs and goals, and created a great solution at a reasonable price. He worked patiently through multiple revisions and responded quickly and accurately whenever we had questions or changes. I’ve had the opportunity (unfortunately) to compare another person’s work to Aaron’s, and Aaron surpasses him competition by a mile (or 10)! I look forward to working with him again!
Director, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives
I hired Aaron to build our organizational website on WordPress and discovered quickly that he was much more than a programmer. Not only was he extremely responsive, professional and knowledgeable, he also worked with me as a team member and consulted me every step of the way. He was sensitive to our delivery schedules and budget and was flexible with our needs. Most importantly, he was approachable and always available if there was an emergency or any pressing questions. I really enjoyed working with him as a professional and as a human, and hope to continue to in the future.
Director of Digital Strategy
Aaron’s was quick to comprehend and analyze our needs and rather than just provide only what we asked made valuable suggestions for improvement. Since day one, the site has performed flawlessly. We look forward to engaging the services of Springthistle again in the not-too-distant future for guidance and implementation of enhancements to meet our evolving requirements.
I worked with Aaron recently on a critical project, and was impressed with his ability to understand our vision, and consistently advise us on the best approach to bring that vision to life, all while acting as a true extension of our team. He is direct, detail-oriented, extremely responsive and always ready to provide an explanation or find one. I’m sure he’ll continue to be a trusted resource and I look forward to working with him again.
Director, Corporate Brand Management
Aaron’s ability to synthesize multiple needs and communicate them effectively through graphic presentation, coupled with him clear and concise communications made him an ideal partner in producing an amazing product which generated widespread positive response. I will hire him again when the next project arises.
In a world filled with unreliable vendors and unrelatable technologists, Aaron is a rock: hard-working, responsive, and frank. He took the reins to our website from a fancy design firm without a hint of ego — and cleaned up a number of things they’d left undone. Since then, he has quickly become our company’s go-to web developer and technical jack-of-all-trades. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with.
Marketing & Content Strategist
I’ve developed a variety of different skills in my decades of doing creative and programming work. Some of them will probably be useful for your project!