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When I’m not trying to help make the Web a better place, I can be found taking off on an impulse adventure, experimenting in the kitchen or playing badminton.

Thanks for dropping by. My name is Jan Cavan Boulas and I’m a designer and illustrator living in sunny Southern California. I design at Automattic, makers of WordPress, the most popular blogging platform (and CMS) in the world. Previously, I designed at SendGrid and NationBuilder. I have always been into anything involving creativity ever since I was little. I took up Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and soon after earning my degree, I worked professionally as a Designer. I took up crash courses in Web design and development while attending college at university, but most of the things I have learned are self-taught through online tutorials and constant self-study. During the course of my career, I’ve been very fortunate for my work to be featured in both offline (.NET, Web Designer, Photoshop Design Tools Japan, Web Design France, Photoshop Projects New Zealand) and online (PBS, Mashable, Smashing Magazine) publications. When I’m not designing, I go on random road trips with my husband, visit ghost towns, go on a hike, read or cook. I also enjoy photography, volunteering, badminton, arcade basketball and collecting Happy Meal toys. If you would like to connect with me, join me on Twitter or Facebook, view my shots on Dribbble or check out my snapshots on Instagram. You can also send me an email.

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About this site

This has long been the new home of Dawghouse Design Studio. With the words “design studio” attached to it, it always made me feel restricted to sharing just design-related stuff and I no longer want that. I want a single place where I can not only talk about design, but anything and everything under the sun. If you’re looking for an old article on Dawghouse Design Studio, don’t fret, the old version is still available. JanCavan.com was handcrafted with love using Coda and is powered by WordPress. The beautiful typefaces are Titillium Web, Lato and Maven Pro. Photos were taken by Chris Boulas and Kien Pham. I would like to give my sincerest thank yous to online tutorials and resource sites, the countless efforts of people who provide them; my family and friends; to ClickStream Marketing for giving me my wings and all the companies I’ve worked for, for helping me hone my skills and helping me grow as a designer; and last but not the least, to God — the Alpha and the Omega — without Him, none of these would be possible. This site is dedicated to the loving memory of Tsini.

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