My name is Maria Papandreou and I’m a web designer. I currently own a web design business that is based in Volos city, Greece. Besides the internet I love photography, movies, cooking and gaming so most of my blog posts are related to these topics.
I was born in Volos, a small but beautiful town of central Greece. I grew up around technology and soon I started” playing” with an Amstrad PC-1512 which essentially marked my future. Back then of course I had never thought that there might be something like the internet. But around 1996 I went online!
Since then I have visited thousands of websites which has helped me greatly as a web designer.
When I was about 18 years old I designed my first big site that was about a popular television series shown in Greece. What pleased me was that it had a great response even from TV magazines.
Since then I started reading everything I could find and was related to the Internet and web design and decided that I would like to work in the web design and development field.
I got my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and in 2007 me and started my own web design company, DS Creative, based in Volos city.
- Reading books (crime fiction, philosophy, psychology) I love Agatha Christie, and of course web design & development books. My favorite web design books are Don’t Make Me Think and Information Architecture for the World Wide Web.
- Watching movies (anything but mostly Horror Movies).
- Photography. I love my Nikon D60, my first DSLR!
- Hanging out with my friends.
- Cycling. The good thing about living in a small city is that you could use your bicycle to go wherever you want!
- Experimenting in photoshop. I sometimes participate in Worth1000’s competitions.
- Playing with my Himalayan cat Shiva.
What I do
Quality web design services
- Web sites of small businesses that need a quality web presence.
- Web sites for hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses.
- Personal web sites for musicians, actors, doctors, lawyers and other professionals.
Search engine & conversion rate optimization
Website maintenance services
- Website content update
- Data entry
- Drupal, WordPress, Joomla administration
- Add new photos and graphics
- Web design makeovers
- CSS – Xhtml code fixing
- Google analytics setup
- And more…
How I do it – my tools of the trade
Depending on the project, during the web design and development process I mostly use the following software:
Photoshop – This is where I do most of the design work
Inkscape – Whenever I need to use vectors
Drupal and WordPress – My favorite content management systems
Bluefish and notepad++ editors – For all the coding work
DropBox and Google Drive – File sharing
FileZilla – FTP client
Firebug plugin for Firefox and Chrome – My favorite web development inspection and debugging tool
Notice : I’m not a native English speaker so please be kind if my syntax’s wrong sometimes 🙂