About me

Dana Gherman - web & UI designer

I'm an enthusiastic Web and UI Designer with strong skills to design and build interfaces for websites, mobile apps and web applications.

With 8+ years experience of designing and developing websites and web applications, I have an excellent understanding of how technology can be used to align the requirements of both the business and the customer.

I passionately write front-end coding (CSS/HTML), configure and customize WordPress websites and the look and feel of enterprise web applications (GWT / JSF components). I choose the right colors, create icons, mock ups, xHTML user interfaces and ensure cross-browser compatibility.

In my 8+ years career I had the opportunity to work with people from all over the world (Romania, USA, Canada, UK, Greece, China) and be part of a multicultural development team.

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Professional Skills

Technical skills

  • Hand coded XHTML/HTML/CSS (cross-browser compatibility)
  • Developing and configuring websites & blogs: WordPress, Blogger
  • Web Design, Logo Design
  • SEO, SEM
  • SQL
  • Subversion (CVS, SVN, Smart GIT)
  • Basic Javascript
  • Mockup and design UI elements, styling GWT / JSF components
  • Integrate social media actions
  • Online Email Marketing (subscription + templates)
  • Using frameworks: Smarty, CodeIgniter, Twitter Bootstrap
  • Bootstrap framework for mobile for developing responsive, mobile projects
  • Customizing Zendesk templates
  • Good understanding of CMS (publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, workflow management and collaboration)
  • Create banners and marketing collateral

Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Basic InDesign knowledge
  • Inkscape
  • Basic Corel Draw
  • Eclipse, Intelij Idea
  • Atlassian JIRA
  • Dreamweaver
  • Smart Git
  • Microsoft Office, Open Office, Libre Office
  • OS: Windows, Linux

Experience

  • UI designer / Web designer @freelancer, Candor GRC

    March 2014 – Present

    Responsibilities

    • Designed / developed / managed several corporate web sites, e-commerces, web applications for different customers (Romania, US, UK)
    • Set up email marketing campaign using Constant Contact, MailChimp
    • SEO & SEM, Social Media Marketing
    • Monitor websites visits and offer traffic reports
    • Usability testing and reporting, cross-browser tests for web projects
    • My latest web projects: prodance2000.ro, 3d-printers.ro CoRAS Helpdesk, Pinnacle - web template

    Project: Android Midi Arranger / Android UI / Website Design

    • Identify the UI/UX design needs, create icons, logo design
    • Created mock-ups and user interfaces
    • Designed / developed / managed the Android Midi Arranger website
    • SEO & SEM, Social Media Marketing
    • Monitor websites visits and offer traffic reports

    Project: Statistics for Facebook / Android UI

    • Identify the UI/UX design needs, create icons, logo design
    • Created mock-ups and user interfaces
    • Designed banners for Google Play page Statistics for Facebook
    • Worked with the developer in an agile environment

  • UI designer / Web designer @Flatrock Systems LLC, Candor GRC

    February 2012 – December 2013

    Responsibilities

    • Designed / developed / managed mygenu.com website
    • Customizing the look and feel of the entire application, customize the GWT components, choosing colors, creating icons, mock ups, creating xHTML user interfaces, cross-browser compatibility.
    • Improved and customized the online customer support portal for Genu, Zendesk
    • Set up email marketing campaign using MailChimp
    • SEO & SEM, Social Media Marketing, creating and customization of social media accounts, marketing collateral
    • Monitor websites visits and offer traffic reports (Google Analytics / Statcounter)
    • Usability testing and reporting, cross-browser tests for web projects

  • UI designer / Web designer @freelancer, Candor GRC

    March 2010 – February 2012

    Responsibilities

    • Designed / developed / managed several corporate web sites, e-commerces, web applications for different customers (Romania, US, UK, Greece)
    • Customizing the look of JSF components (RichFaces), creating templates. Working with developers to enhance all the look and feel of the entire application. Web applications: Camsoft CAMeRA, Camsoft CoRAS and Genu
    • Set up email marketing campaign using Constant Contact, MailChimp
    • SEO & SEM, Social Media Marketing
    • Monitor websites visits and offer traffic reports
    • Usability testing and reporting, cross-browser tests for web projects

    Project: Oceanstar, Greece

    • Customizing the look of JSF components (RichFaces), creating templates, creating xHTML user interfaces, cross-browser. Working with a small geographically dispersed team to enhance the look and feel of entire application.

  • Web designer / Internal Auditor @Softzone SRL

    August 2006 – March 2010

    Responsibilities as Web Designer

    • Designed / developed / managed several corporate web sites, e-commerces, web applications for different customers (Romania, Canada)
    • Customizing the look of JSF components (RichFaces), creating templates, creating xHTML user interfaces, cross-browser compatibility and consultancy for developing of - ISOtop Enterprise
    • Set up email marketing campaign using Constant Contact
    • SEO & SEM, Social Media Marketing
    • Integration of Google Analytics / Webmaster Tools to monitor websites visits and offer traffic reports
    • Usability testing and reporting, cross-browser tests for web projects
    • Designed printed materials: business cards, letterheads, brochures, leaflets, flyers

    Responsibilities as Internal Auditor

    • Development of audit programmes, procedures and related documentation
    • Planning and organising audit assignments
    • Creating reports for the management regarding audit findings, conclusions and recommendations
    • Using ISOtop Enterprise as a strategic support for ISO 9001 certification of the company, in 2009

Volunteer Projects

  • Web designer @ 3sisterscooking.blogspot.com

    2011 – Present

    3 Sisters Cooking is a culinary blog I created for a very passionate friend of mine.

  • Web designer / Fundraiser @florin-fanea.blogspot.com

    2011 – Present

    Medical blog for dr Florin Fanea who was very ill and his friends tried to collect money to help him with a medical treatment in US.

  • Web designer / Fundraiser @rodica-chira.blogspot.com

    2011 – Present

    Medical blog for Rodica Chira, a mother of two who needed a very expensive treatment.

Education and Training

  • "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Science

    Master in Advertising, ISCED 7 / 2006–2007

  • North University of Baia Mare, Faculty of Science

    Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, ISCED 6 / 2002–2006


  • CEEPUS Scolarship / Basic Level Computer Algebra Driving

    Institute of Mathematics of the University of Miskolc, Hungary, Miskolc (Hungary), Aug 2004

  • CEEPUS Scolarship / Intermediate Level Computer Algebra Driving

    Institute of Mathematics of the University of Miskolc, Hungary, Miskolc (Hungary), Mar 2005 – Apr 2005

  • Vitrina Advertising Seminars, Cluj

    Vitrina Advertising SRL / "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj (Romania), Sep 2006 – Jul 2007