About me

photo Katja

My name is Katja Durrani. I have started to develop websites professionally on a freelance basis after doing a lot of work voluntarily.

I am originally from Germany and now living in Bristol in the UK with my husband and our two children.

Background

I am a trained biologist and used to work in medical information for the pharmaceutical industry. What interested me most was how best to organize, retrieve and present knowledge. That is why I took a postgraduate certificate in Pharmaceutical Information Management at City University London. I loved the module Data Representation and Management, which included introductions to HTML, XML and SQL, confirming that what I really wanted to do was create websites - something I had begun in 2000 with a personal website.

It was not until I had my children though, and I had quit my previous job, that I began to get serious about making websites. I started off by setting up a website for a local toddler group that I helped to run and things took off from there.

Special interests

I am interested in content management systems and how they can be customized. For the websites I make, I mostly use Silverstripe.

Also, I am interested in how web design and development could be taught, including communication of web standards. (Good examples of this are the Opera Web Standards Curriculum and the WaSP InterAct Curriculum)

Skills

  • (X)HTML and CSS
  • PHP5/MySQL
  • Javascript
  • Photoshop
  • Experience with CMS's TYPO3, Plone and Virtual Learning Environment Moodle

I follow web standards and accessibility guidelines.