Over six years experience with (X)HTML and CSS. Cross-browser, W3C validated, semantic mark-up. Two years
Programming & databases
Over three years experience with object-oriented PHP and MySQL. Skilled in using frameworks such as Zend. Developed multiple
CMS's. Developed an advanced Wordpress plugin which serves as a platform for 30+ websites.
Created and maintained large MySQL databases. Programmed XML exchanges that make use of SOAP.
Familiar with Java.
Webdesign & user experience
Design in general has always been of interest to me. My main interest leans towards complex systems,
which are to be seen as easy to the user. Design isn't just adding a gradient or some rounded corners
to a button. Design is about creating a pleasant user experience. This is also what my study,
Information Science, focusses on. Projects include designing a mobile OS for seniors of 70+ or
developing a prototype for a multimedial game with technologies that won't be available for the next five years.
I've worked as a graphic designer for four different employers and many freelance-based projects.
The complete story of my life
I grew up in the small village of Midlaren, located in the North of the Netherlands, near Groningen. After I'd completed VWO
at the Zernike College when I was 18, I moved to Amsterdam, where I still live at the moment. In Amsterdam
I'm currently studying Information Science. Information Science focusses on the user, and on how to design a
system that meets the users requirements and makes him/her happy. I work as a freelancer under the
name Webvalid. Furthermore I'm building
OnsBoek, which is an application that lets you
build photo albums in collaboration with your friends and family.
I especially like to travel to far away countries. I've been windsurfing for eight years now.
When it's storming, you'll find me on the water. Furthermore I just like
to hang out with my awesome friends in bars, clubs or gardens.
I maintain a positive attitude and enjoy an informal atmosphere in my work. I'm always looking
for new, more efficient and more awesome ways to solve problems.