Interview with Travis Totz

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Travis will be presenting Designing for Interaction on Saturday in the Design track

Partner and co-owner at Westwerk/WerkPress, Travis has been driven to build and create wonderful projects on-top of WordPress since version 1.5.

In-between working on client work and traveling the country, Travis helps organize and build-up the local, Minneapolis WordPress community through advanced user meet-ups and engagements.

Travis enjoys spending his time solving web design challenges – through design, interaction, and user experience.

Travis’ passions outside of WordPress are reading non-fiction, making music, traveling, and living a vegetarian/healthy lifestyle.


Why do you use WordPress?
The ease of client-use. The community and amazing, passionate people that are a part of it.

What would you say to convince someone to attend a WordCamp?
There is a nearly endless amount of knowledge and connections that one can gain from simply attending a WordCamp. Engage and benefit.

What is your favorite WordPress project you have worked on recently?
The re-design and build of our own websites; Westwerk and WerkPress. It’s always fun (and excruciating) working on your own brand(s).

Do you have any advice for someone looking to start or grow a WordPress based business?
Make connections and be open to change, opportunity, and growth. Create a business plan and be smart about all of the decisions that you make. Be okay with saying “No”.

What is your favorite WordPress-related resource?
Following the best-of-the-best on Twitter. WP Tavern, and of course attending WordCamps 🙂

Tell us something awesome about yourself that is not WordPress related
I love to spend time digging into nerdy historical or science-based non-fiction books.