Daniel Desta

Creative Designer

Here are my clients from the past ten years

My Story

During my 10 years in the industry I have seen several revolutions and learnt a lot from them. Today I am using this experience to help clients ensure their brands are functioning effectively. As a creative member of numerous marketing/design teams I’ve been responsible for ensuring consistency in brand, design and delivery across global networks and all media and formats including print, online and signage.

I believe good, working departments are becoming increasingly self-sufficient, with absolutely no need for external design companies or agencies. Today’s model is very different from that of even five years ago. Growing skill-sets and software advancements have assisted departments in improving their system of delivery.

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Adobe Creative Suite

From the first realise of the Adobe Photoshop v4 in 1996, I have always been fascinated by Adobe and what they have achieved to date. Adobe has made it possible for many in my line of Design to excel beyond their expectations.

Web Development

As a Creative Designer it is important to have skills in both the world of Design and Development.
It was initially difficult for me to design for developers to code, but once I learnt how to develop/code my skills adapted to cater for the web.

Content Management Systems

From WordPress to Drupal, I have designed and developed for a number of custom and off the shelf CMSs.

Serverside coding

A growing knowledge of procedural tasks and GIT implementation using BASH and SSH terminal environements.

SEO and Analytics

From Headers, Navigation to Alt tags SEO is a standard that has always been implemented.

Analytics from Google or other trackers have been always found there way onto my developments.

15
In corporate employment
21
Adobe Photoshop exposure
10
Full time employment
6
web based

Design & Application

Branding

80%

Photoshop

95%

Illustrator

75%

WordPress

90%

Drupal

55%

DoubleClick for Publishers by Google

70%

Programming

HTML/CSS

85%

Bootstrap / LESS

80%

JQuery

65%

GIT / GITHUB

65%

SSH /BASH

55%

"Dan is an excellent digital designer with creative flair and real attention to detail."

− Vibha Hardaker, Marketing Director / Multi-channel Retail Brand Management Expert

" He's an exceptionally bright and talented web designer who understands the pragmatic needs of business - He delivers beautiful work - on time - every time."

− Jon Russell .NET Architect, Consultant and Geek

"He works well under pressure bringing a can-do attitude to every project and providing solid solutions to challenges and demands based on his depth of insight in the world of digital design."

− Casey Boyd, Digital Strategies & Solutions
Vibha Hardaker

Vibha Hardaker

Marketing Director / Multi-channel Retail Brand Management Expert

Dan is an excellent digital designer with creative flair and real attention to detail. A very polite, professional and contentious team player who thrives on ownership and accountability. Dan is very amiable with a great sense of humour and has a real strength in taking changes in his stride. Dan’s meticulous nature and work ethic would be a real asset to any dynamic design function

Jon Russell

Jon Russell

.NET Architect, Consultant and Geek

I worked with Dan at Serious Trivia. He's an exceptionally bright and talented web designer who understands the pragmatic needs of business - He delivers beautiful work - on time - every time. Easy to work with - even for a geek like me.

Thanks to Dan and his ideas, at Serious Trivia we were able to turn a fairly inflexible front-end into a truly amazing white label product. He consistently outperformed his more 'senior' peers in both quality and speed.
Since leaving Serious Trivia I have kept in contact with Dan and have been fortunate enough to persuade him to work with me on a number of projects since. He's the first person I think of when I need a web designer. He should be yours too.

Casey Boyd

Casey Boyd

Digital Strategies & Solutions

Daniel is a most talented and creative individual able to produce high quality digital design with a solid understanding of both technical and UX/marketing requirements.
He is an absolute pleasure to have leading any design project - extremely professional and diligent in ensuring that the brief and objectives are clearly interpreted in order to produce the required deliverables in the most efficient manner. As a team player, he works well with all stakeholders and particularly the developers to make their role in the project as easy as possible, using his frontend development skills well to facilitate a seamless integration between design and development.
He works well under pressure bringing a can-do attitude to every project and providing solid solutions to challenges and demands based on his depth of insight in the world of digital design.
Highly recommended and a true asset to any creative team!