First things first

In our industry (design) online portfolios have been a thing for some years now.

Before them however, designers used to carry around at interviews a folder with prints of their work. That's how I had gotten my first job as a designer.

This current version of my portfolio, is number three. Check out below version two

It was built with Bootstrap 3 and the design was based on a mockup a french designer had made in a visual thinking school I'd partaken in Amsterdam.

In 2010, following my army duties completion, I decided to move to Amsterdam and try to settle there.

That was when I seriously worked on creating my first online portfolio. Before that I had just a simple page with some images, my folder and some magazines which my work was featured in.

Sensemillia

In my endless quest to quench my thirst for knowledge I have explored many options. One of them is called ModX.

ModX is an open source PHP CMS which is pretty neat once you get the gist of it.

I used it to create an e-shop for handmade jewellery. Unfortunately it's no longer online and I have no other screenshot of it.

Under-the-ground.gr

So how did this domain name came about you ask. Well, surely it wasn't always meant to be used for my portfolio (or my blog).

It's purpose was to become a portal for tuned cars and bikes.

Growing up in Athens in the noughties, car tuning was a big thing. Affected by that fad and in need for a sideproject, that's what came to mind.

Check out Under-the-Ground origins made back in 2005

Throughout my life I've had the chance (and pleasure in most cases) to work for quite a few projects. There have been so many that I think I'm starting to lose track of.

That's something that as a teenager didn't see coming; I was so much looking forward to get started with all kinds of team projects that I'd never imagined there would come a day that there would be so many that I couldn't recall each and every one of them.

ANYWAY, after this small moment of self-reflection, let's move on!

Cool things

The section that follows is all about the random coolness of the past.