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Who I am

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.

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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.

Read my CV! (in greek), (in english)

 

 My Hobbieswebdesign_books

  • 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

Some examples of web sites I design & develop are the below:

  • 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

I offer professional search engine and conversion rate optimization services to companies that want to increase their online profits and achieve better results. Want to know more? Please click here.

Website maintenance services

To attract visitors your website must be constantly updated with new content, news, improved graphics, new images etc. A website with old and outdated content turns visitors away and makes your company look bad. Let me help you provide your website with brand new content, and give your visitors a reason to return. My website maintenance services include :

  • 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 🙂

You could see more of my work or the services I provide here: www.ds-creative.gr or contact me through my Google+ profile.