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At Pixel Together we love to hear our customer's stories. Here is Glo's story on how she has been using Pixel Together.

After years as a gun graphic designer in the corporate world Glo-Ann wanted a sea change. Glo had packed up and moved to the sleepy seaside town of Inverloch, Victoria. Being two hours from Melbourne, Glo wanted to be more independent and to build her own freelance career. 


Leaving the security of a corporate job wasn’t easy, but the decision came quicker than expected when the ‘secure’ corporate she worked for was put into receivership. With this disruption Glo needed to move quickly and to build her own design portfolio.

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

“I had a printed PDF folio before but it was well out of date. Friends asked me why I didn’t have a website”.

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

For Glo-Ann and most designers, building their own folio website can be daunting.


“I had pretty limited experience. I had used WordPress and Dreamweaver previously on very small projects, but never knew what I was doing.


I had also studied with a whole heap of HTML and CSS courses but had struggled to retain the knowledge since as I don’t use it regularly.”


It’s at this time that Glo-Ann turned to Pixel Together.


Pixel Together empowered Glo to design and build her portfolio visually without needing to dive into code.


“The process of creating a folio is difficult enough without having to learn a new platform or language on top of this”.


After researching other examples she approached designing her website desktop - first by beginning with how it would look on the desktop.

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

“Once the desktop was sorted it was easy to sort out the tablet and mobile. It all just flowed.”

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

Creating a folio on Pixel Together saved Glo plenty of time when finding new projects. “I don’t have to send them a physical folio anymore. Simply sending a link is enough.” When meeting up with clients she can just show off her work on the iPad over coffee. Glo adds “as a bonus I get to tell them I built it all!”

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

"If I didn't have Pixel Together I would have been a month behind looking for work."

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

With her sea change complete Glo can now work from home and directly with her own clients. “I won’t get enough work if rely purely on traditional graphic design. Today you need to be able to work on digital projects.” Using Pixel Together gives her another string in her bow of graphic designer, illustrator and now web designer AND coder!


“To help others I would love to offer my folio as a starting point”. Be sure to look out for Glo’s starting point on Pixel Together soon.


In the meantime check out some of Glo’s work at her site http://www.glohaines.com

He started coding in Turbo Pascal at 8, by 13 was hacking pirate bulletin boards and by 25 was running teams of 100 engineers for Infosys in Bangalore. He then went on to run his own agency. Combined we have 16 years experience running design-driven agencies.

Daniel Billingham
Daniel is the lead designer and co-founder of Pixel Together and is passionate about making it easier to be creative on the web. He is also obsessed with travel and mountain biking.

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