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.

Do you want to meet the team behind 1WD?

Introducing: 1stwebdesigner Extraordinary Team

Dainis Graveris

Dainis Graveris

Role: Owner & Founder of Awesome 1WD

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!


Rean John Uehara

Rean John Uehara

Role: Chief of Cat Division

Rean is the editor of 1stwebdesigner. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development. Rean also writes at Knowledge Salad, a blog filled with weird and interesting facts. One of his goals is to help his fellow Filipinos earn money online, to help them build a career out of working from home, just like what he has been doing for years now.


Jim Qay

Jim Qay

Role: Professional Writer

Jim has been a professional writer for over 5 years. His articles have gained so much attention that they ended up being the most shared and commented articles in our company's history. His talent to make our readers listen and feel as an important part of his stories is just one of the reasons why we decided to work with him.


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.


Daniel Kurdoghlian

Daniel Kurdoghlian

Role: Programmer / Coding Ninja

Daniel Kurdoghlian is a freelance web designer, web developer and graphics artist living and working in Vienna (Austria). He is also founder of PushingPixels.at, a new media company specialized in web design, print design and photography. If you want to get in contact with him, you can visit his vCard or just drop him a line through Twitter.


Marc Davison

Marc Davison

Role: Proofreader

Marc Davison is the former editor of a weekly newspaper and a reformed designer. While still taking on the occasional freelance gig, he much prefers making a career out of being a Educational Assistant in Edmonton, Alberta. When he isn't proofreading articles and e-books, he can be found teaching his students the basics of design, cooking or learning how to create music.


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.


Karl Marty Balingit

Karl Marty Balingit

Role: Social Media Dude

Hello my name is Karl and I am a freelancer from the Philippines who loves to travel around the world and fulfill awesome experiences. I handle Social Media related tasks for 1WD and I am always finding ways to enhance our online community.

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