Learn About Our Extraordinary Team

Hey there, my dear designer friend! It is so awesome to see you here!

Do You want to know more about what we do?

Our Mission is to Help You:

To Get Real-Life Education That Matters!

In this rapidly changing Web Design world, 1stWebDesigner helps you to succeed and live rockstar freelancer lifestyle you deserve!

Web design industry is changing so fast, that most schools and education systems cannot keep up with it – the best way to learn web design, development and freelancing is ONLINE! Nobody will care about your CV, if you don’t have any REAL-LIFE education and experience!

We are living in Information Age and it is time for You to take FULL advantage of how open and full with possibilities is the world now!

At 1stWebDesigner we are committed to help you To Get Real-Life Education That Matters, because constant learning and growing is the only way you will be able to stay competitive and successful! World is constantly changing and if you are not changing and growing together with it, you will be left behind!

Why You Should Care?

Because all we want is You to succeed the same way we did and even more! We want to show You the bright future and this beautiful new reality Internet provides! We want to open Your eyes to this beautiful Internet lifestyle, where You can take charge of your life:

  • by doing what you love, EVEN if you don’t have any formal education or prior experience!
  • by living anywhere in the WORLD you desire, EVEN if your current reality makes this seem unreal!
  • by picking your own hours you work in, EVEN if you only have experience in 9-5 job!

How about this for a promise?

Why I know you will succeed? Because we did it ourselves after several years of struggle! There is different, beautiful reality, escape from cubicle nation, escape from Matrix, escape from so-called rat-race!

We believe learning and working ONLINE is the future! Time is now, when you can do what you love, when location and time you work becomes irrelevant – You make your own rules! Let us open Your eyes and join this beautiful new reality!

A little about our history..

1stwebdesigner (1WD) was founded in August 30, 2008, by Dainis Graveris, 19 years old by then, but crazy passionate about web design world, amazed of possibilities Internet and freelance lifestyle offers! From the whole beginnings this site was his playground, where he committed to organise WORLD’s information, news about web design! At first it started as his personal venture but it quickly gained other designer admittance as quality resource and trusted source!

We have grown far… and now our team consists of around 10 web design and freelance professionals, who are passionate and committed to always let you know about news and best practices in industry !

1WD started with regular list articles for tools, themes, and tutorials from different websites, and as the audience grew, it began to welcome more contributors which helped 1WD grow faster.

Today, 1WD focuses on teaching people on how to become a freelance web designer/developer through our library of articles, eBooks and video guides.

Introducing AwesomeWeb

AwesomeWeb freelance marketplace is the latest project which is created in collaboration with Michael Dunlop (IncomeDiary), Nicholas Tart and 1stWebDesigner. It was created because of need – our readers are challenged to find new clients, but IncomeDiary readers are challenged with finding good designers to complete their projects! With AwesomeWeb we want to treat freelancers right and help them to succeed in their freelance careers!

Right now we are still in beta, but we have opened doors in September 21, 2014. Sign up now and get more clients!

Introducing: 1stwebdesigner Extraordinary Team

Do you want to meet the team behind 1WD?

Dainis Graveris

Dainis Graveris

Role: Integrator of Company's vision

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

Spencer Forman

Spencer Forman

Role: Evil Genius

“Hello… it’s Spence, the Evil Genius". My passion lies with providing incredible software, practical advice, and hands-on solutions for other entrepreneurs who may be struggling with the mechanics of how to turn their online business dreams into reality.

Michael John Burns

Michael John Burns

Role: Designer / Design Guru

Michael is a Web & Graphic designer based in Philippines. He started designing during his teenage years and most of his skills and knowledge are self taught. He's dating with Photoshop for about 4 years now and been flirting with HTML & CSS from 2011 to present. See his works at burnstudio. Other than that he loves Coffee and his Girl.

Karl Marty Balingit

Karl Marty Balingit

Role: Community Manager

Karl is in charge of keeping the awesome members of 1WD.tv happy and finding ways to enhance our community. Currently his focus is looking for opportunities to grow 1WD. On a personal note, he loves playing basketball and listening to podcasts.

Ruby Domejes

Ruby Domejes

Role: Proofreader

Ruby is the proofreader at 1stwebdesigner. She checks the grammar and content of the articles posted in 1stwebdesigner. She loves topics on life hacks, marketing and freelancing. On her spare time, she likes writing poems and taking shots with her trusty Canon.

Rol John Torralba

Rol John Torralba

Role: Designer / Programmer

Rol John (rolzan) is a front-end developer, WordPress developer, programmer, and Graphic designer. He works as a graphic designer or coder for both 1stwebdesigner and 1WD.tv, in his free time, he works as a freelance WordPress developer. He is interested in all things technology and programming.



Role: Social Media Guy (and other various tasks)

Clarence is the social media guy of 1stwebdesigner. He writes back to any questions, comments, or violent reactions you may or may not have and is responsible for various accounts. He likes to code, design, and develop websites. Feel free to ask any questions and or make comments, Clarence will get to you eventually.



Role: Marketing Assistant

Algene is somewhat versatile. He's an all-around guy that can adapt to any environment. He is a fast learner, so you can pretty much assign him to any task. But he is a faster learner if he enjoys what he does. Although he is a little shy at first, but he can be fun to be around with once he's in his comfort zone. - unknown - unknown - US