My name is Misha Vinokur, a self-taught web developer and designer. I am the founder of Digital Confection, a creative web development studio specializing in building high-quality custom websites leveraging Drupal and WordPress.
When I am not coding, I enjoy designing new t-shirts at my clothing shop OllyJolly or writing short fictional stories. Those who know me well know that writing, grammar, and spelling were never my strong suit and, at times, a massive obstacle to my educational development.
As I got older, I realized that I was not alone and that many people also faced the same issues and challenges. It is why I post my stories on this website in the hopes of encouraging others not to be afraid and keep trying no matter how hard it may be.
Still very much a child at heart, I also enjoy drawing, doodling, and creating digital art that you can also find on this website.
Before Digital Confection, I was the Lead Developer for the US Department of States, Bureau of Educational and Culture Affairs, supervising the development of several high-profile websites.
In 2012 I founded OpenReporter, a Journalism technology startup. Inspired by the Twitter revolutions of early 2012, it pioneered smartphone geo capabilities to report stories on the ground to a community network of journalists.
Sadly as with many startups, its product was just too early for its time and closed its doors in early 2016. In 2021 OpenReporters codebase was refactored into an open-source application that I maintain today via Digital Confection.
I received my BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, where I worked as a video editor for the Center for History and New Media.
Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy it!