Ever since I started designing for the web, I found lines of codes to be so magical once you close that last </html> tag in every project. It’s like creating ceramic sculptures from clay – only in this case, pieces of letters, numbers, and characters generate an output.

At the back of my mind, I was saying: “Oh my God, I can create something from typing different codes!”

From then on, I began teaching myself how to write codes that could display what I envision. Playing with the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) became a hobby. Then, I tried experimenting through trial and error – and the only way to correct myself was to read and rewrite the syntax. In 2006, my only resources were books, photocopied materials from the library, and tutorials from the internet (which could be accessed through slow dial-up connections).

original website design 2011

My growing interest with HTML gave me a lot of reasons to learn and incorporate new tags, new styles, new scripts (Java applets). And when Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) came out, I was even more interested in reading and learning about it – its syntax, its scope, its effect on the website.

The internet became my place to study, my place to update myself with design trends and new languages. Thus, began my journey as a “wannabe” web designer at the age of 16.

Further along the way, I labeled myself as a talented, young, web designer who is taking up Nursing in college – which, to me, became my “unique selling point” to clients who were looking for potential designers to work on their websites. I like how it sounded because it was too contrasting that it made them curious, which I think was a good thing. It was an interesting topic on our conversations before proceeding with the design process.

It soon became a great foundation for me, making web designs while still studying for a degree. I was earning around Php700 ($16) for every design I created – well, even less than that. Pretty decent amount for a student. It was a good side-line project, I suppose. Clients multiplied after a few months, so I decided to associate myself with a brand. In the last quarter of 2007, I launched Orangecup Design – the name was based on my online blogging pseudonym, Orangecup.

In 2011, right after I graduated from college and became a professional nurse, I decided to pour all of my focus to web and graphic design alone, hone my skills, learn the theories and the fundamentals, and head on to the direction of becoming a Certified Internet “Web Professional.”

The New Chapter

So it begins. After two years of learning, re-learning, testing, and applying theories to practice, I am now ready to take on the new trends of the design industry – to provide unique designs, to build from the latest frameworks, to give back to the people who believed in me, and to adapt to the wonderful and innovative updates of the internet.

Today, I give you Clevrrrr – a name that marks the start of another phase of my life as a “nurse-turned-designer,” equipped with several years of experience and a whole new version that certainly adjusts to the changes of our time. Clevrrrr, a name that will represent me, Regine Garcia, and the masterpieces carefully created by my hands through different mediums: non-digital and digital forms.

Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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