Welcome to Underground.


Eric Martin, CEO and Web Designer/Developer


Your Personal Web Design Specialist

Underground Professional is a boutique design services firm based in Chicago, Illinois. We provide you with your own personal design specialist ready to help with an array of services: building a website, maintaining or upgrading a current site, providing technical support and training, copywriting, language translations, SEO analysis and optimization (there’s more too, but we’ll get to that later).

We work with a wide range of clients—from local businesses to international corporations, and your specialist will take the time needed to understand you, your business, and the difference between the two. With a large arsenal of tactics to achieve the most efficient solution—and the most value possible—I’m confident we can get you that special final product we’re both proud of.

Eric Martin, CEO, Design Lead

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On The Surface

What You Need is What You Get

We leverage the power of a dedicated, talented team of local designers, artists, and developers along with partnerships alongside leading firms in various fields of expertise. Mostly this gives us a “one-stop-shop” feel that helps us get your project done with less people and in less time, and that works out well for everyone.

How we will work together


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    Client Relationship

    I have a direct one-on-one relationship with my clients, and it’s important for me to understand your personality and your business space – that makes me the most helpful in helping to come up with creative, productive solutions.

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    Work Hours and Billing Options

    I’m available you Mon–Fri 9am–5pm (unless it’s a rush order or an emergency) via email and direct line, and there are three ways we can work together:

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    Single Project

    If you have a project that has a specific size and scope (such as “build me a website” or “I need a poster for this event”), I will send you an online estimate as well as a timeline. Once you approve, you are billed for 50% of the cost. When the project is complete, you will be billed for the remaining balance. Easy and simple.

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    On Demand

    For ongoing work (such as website maintenance, ongoing document layout, or any other service that continues for an indeterminate amount of time), you can choose to simply call me when you need something done, which gets billed hourly and invoiced at the end of the month.
    Curious about my hourly rates? Let’s talk – rates depend entirely upon our conversation.

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    Monthly Retainer

    You can choose to pay a monthly retainer for a certain number of hours per month. There are several ways to use those hours (you can have requests completed ASAP, or we can have fixed time slots when you know all your requests that you have sent me will get done, etc.). Clients who have a monthly retainer receive a discount on the hourly rate.

My core specialties

Web Design Services

I specialize in the WordPress framework, however years of experience and training in HTML/CSS, JavaScript/jQuery, PHP, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and more have given me the ability to get the most out of your time. And if your site changes often, WordPress gives you the power to update your own site without needing to know a single line of code.


Maintenance and Security

I always tell my clients that owning a website is a lot like owning a car; Your car needs regular oil changes, tire rotations, and other tune-ups. Same with your website; if you don’t take care of it, that can create security holes for hackers and malicious bots. I use the most aggressive tools available to lock down your site from any threats. From a routine maintenance check to a full security sweep, I can help.


Fun Fact

Hover over this card to find out a fun fact about me...

Venice Beach, CA

is my favorite vacation destination! It's weird, I don't sunburn on the West Coast.
Anyway...

About My Services

Beneath the Surface

Some of my services


Website Design

Graphic Design

Document Layout

Technical Support

Video Editing

Audio Editing

Copywriting

Creative Cloud

Microsoft Office

SEO Analysis

Website Security

Language Translation

Most of my skills

I’m Learning!

To me, life is a classroom and a playground. I have fun learning! And I’m always training to bring you bigger and better things. Right now I’m learning to code apps in Xcode and Swift.

Adobe Creative Cloud
97%
HTML/CSS
95%
Copywriting
95%
WordPress
95%
JavaScript/JQuery
93%
Graphic Design
90%
MySQL
80%
Xcode/Swift
32%

Currently Mastering The Art Of:

WordPress SEO Expert Certification
34%

Some things you can do on my website:


Guess My Birthday

Hint: The whole country lights things on fire to celebrate.

July 4

Congratulations...
No, I'm not giving you a year.
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And diamonds.

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If you'd like to see samples of my work, this is for you.

Tailor-made.

The more specific you are about your project, the more specific I can make your personal portfolio!

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