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  1. Stefano Papaleo

    Stefano Papaleo

    Italian translator and proofreader, web and graphic designer

    Italy - Last active: 17 days ago - Tests: 6

    I am an Italian freelance translator and web and graphic designer with years of experience both in the linguistic and IT areas. I translate from English, Spanish and German to Italian, develop and design websites and graphic products for web & print (logos, brochures, business cards, banners, virtual cards, flyers, posters etc.). I have translated quite a wide and varied range of material from technical documents to tourism, marketing, press releases, policies, agreements, company profiles, technical manuals, user guides, commercial and travel offers, videogames, software license agreements, networking technical documentation, several websites and software applications, surveys and resumes and marketing material on enterprise and consumer IT and A/V products (Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Oracle, Red Hat, JBoss, eBay, Barco, Computer Associates, AOC, Agfa, Axway, VMware, Infor, HP, ATEN, Sonos, Onkyo, Yamaha, Unify) including localization of enterprise software applications. Services: - Translation - Proofreading/Editing - Localization - Copywriting - Transcription - Transcreation - DTP & graphic design I provide also proofreading and editing in Italian and I can provide web design or DTP services and can handle material in quite a wide range of formats and platforms (Linux, Win, OS X, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone). I'm quite familiar with handling files in several programming and scripting languages such as Visual Basic, C, C++, Java, HTML, PHP, Perl, XML, ASP etc. Visit or my social profiles for more info. Specialties: translation services, localization services, information technology, web design/development, travel & tourism, marketing, SEO, comics, graphic design

    $51.11 /hr
    0 hours
  2. Clare Hopping

    Clare Hopping

    Freelance journalist and digital consultant with ten years experience

    United Kingdom - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 2

    I am an experienced copywriter, editor, digital consultant and project manager. Working in the digital publishing industry for more than ten years, I have innovated a number of digital strategies for website launches and advertising campaigns. Achievements include launching five international websites, producing a printed MagBook for Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and BlackBerry and managing the migration of five websites in six weeks from a third-party platform to Drupal. I am familiar with Agile and have a PRINCE2 Foundation and am available for all types of project on a contract or purely freelance ad hoc basis.

    $70.00 /hr
    1 hours
  3. Jade K.

    Jade K.

    Instructional designer and developer of award-winning e-learning

    United Kingdom - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 1

    I am an independent e-learning consultant specialising in instructional design, e-learning development and blended learning design. With an in-depth understanding of instructional design and a keen eye for visual design, I create learner-focused e-learning materials that are both effective and easy on the eye. I use a wide variety of e-learning and multimedia development tools with particular expertise in Articulate Storyline and Studio. Previously I worked in libraries in the higher education sector with a particular focus on developing online learning materials to support students’ academic skills development, including the University of Manchester Library’s award-winning “My Learning Essentials” programme.

    $70.00 /hr
    0 hours
  4. Jonathan Storm

    Jonathan Storm


    United States - Last active: 04/28/2014 - Tests: 10

    I value intellectual honesty, equanimity and dispassionate discourse, diversity of perspective, creative collaboration, scientific inquiry, and a healthy, nuanced sense of humor. I value people, not organizations. I draw a lot of diagrams and carry a notebook and whiteboard wherever I go. Given a pot of coffee, or a few pints, and a lot of markers, I'll talk shop for hours. I recently took up juggling just so I can think faster. Incidentally, it's also fun. Some wordier information follows. Since entering networking in 2004, I've had the good fortune of being given unfettered access to a smorgasbord of technologies from numerous vendors in a wide variety of implementations. The gestalt of this practical experience is enhanced pattern recognition, which has proven invaluable when encountering new technologies and unfamiliar systems. I've also developed a fairly unhealthy relationship with the Internet, and for all her vexing inconsistencies and mind-boggling architectural flaws, I always run right back. BGP had me at "Open." I strive always to distill recursive complexity from seemingly inextricable intricacy, reducing special cases to degenerate ones (though, in the wild, an 80% solution is often quite good). I prefer primary research and the considered development of new processes and best practices to the repetitive application of existing ones, and this drives me to automate the tedious bits wherever possible. I'm always in search of new and interesting problems--and new methods with which to solve them. To that end, I spend a great deal of time writing code and studying mathematics, all the while finding new applications to ground the theory. If I stumble upon a particularly recalcitrant problem, I teach everyone I see about it until some vital insight reveals itself or I find someone to instead teach me.

    $60.00 /hr
    0 hours
  5. Jei Gaither

    Jei Gaither

    Experienced iOS Developer with Graphic Design experience

    United States - Last active: 02/15/2014 - Tests: 2

    Since May of 2009, I have been developing iOS Apps for both iPhone and iPad. These projects have ranged from simple Prototypes/Proofs-of-Concept, to high traffic, Enterprise-level apps. My background is in various aspects of the software stack, including UI/UX (front-end), app-logic (functionality within an app), and back-end (building scalable APIs and Data Structures). My most recent projects have focused on things like Localization, In-App Purchases (StoreKit) and GeoLocation (MapKit), as well as iOS7 migration.

    $55.56 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Christopher Jones

    Christopher Jones

    IT Management Consultant / Sr. Project Manager

    United States - Last active: 05/16/2014

    Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) offering 20 years of professional management & administrative experience with over 18 years specifically in the Information Technology industry; experience managing large-scale communication, marketing and associated public relation efforts in the digital advertising and marketing industry. • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations • Business Process Re-engineering • Change Management • Communications • Information Technology & Strategy • Program & Project Management • Requirements Management • Organizational Development • Research & Analysis • Training & Education

    $60.00 /hr
    0 hours
  7. Kristen Watterson

    Kristen Watterson

    Expert Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Writer

    United States - Last active: 02/02/2014 - Tests: 5

    Please view my online portfolio at I'm a professional graphic designer and illustrator with over 15 years of experience in the advertising and design industry. I specialize in graphics for print and web media. I am a skilled illustrator and often create original hand-drawn characters and lettering for logos. I can create any type of graphic from vector to raster depending on the need of the project. I'm an expert with Adobe CS including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. I can also customize existing Wordpress themes, and update Wordpress sites. I've always done freelance work, however my last position was the Creative Director at pr loop, an advertising agency (I only left the position due to a move out of state). I have experience with a wide variety of projects including logos, magazines, brochures, banners, tee shirts, custom fonts, web advertising, billboards, product packaging, brand identity, trade show displays, copy writing and editing, vehicle wraps, mascot costume design and creation, and much more. If it can be printed, I can create it!

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Vicente III Morano

    Vicente III Morano

    Music, Photo, & Video Editor, Layout Artist, Copyeditor, Writer

    Philippines - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 7

    I am currently taking a communication degree in the University of the Philippines. I have experience in editing Photos, Audio, and Videos. I have already been able to produce a news broadcast. Being a communication student, I have experience in producing voice-overs. Writing is also my field of expertise. The following field are my forte and expertise: 1. Creative Writing 2. Formal Writing 3. Voice-overs (broadcast style) 4. Voice-overs (conversational style) 5. Audio Editing 6. Photo Editing 7. Video Editing

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours
  9. Richard De A'Morelli

    Richard De A'Morelli

    Editor, Proofreader, Publishing Consultant, Web Developer

    United States - Last active: 11 days ago - Tests: 7

    I have 25 years of experience as an editor and proofreader, working in both print and digital media. I've held management-level editorial positions at book and magazine publishers, and I was a bylined editorial staff member to the late bestselling author Irving Wallace. I also have a 30-year track record as a freelance writer, with 12 published nonfiction books and 500+ bylined feature articles. I have a proofreader's sharp eye for detail, and I'm well versed in Chicago and AP Style. I can handle a wide variety of editing assignments, from basic proofing to light copy editing to heavy rewrites. My schedule is flexible -- I can work days, nights and weekends as needed. I have a fast, dependable Internet connection, and I'm available to start work immediately. Beyond editing and writing, I have 15 years' experience in Web design and site management. My past Web projects include creating and managing the Virtual University website, and I'm now developing a social network from the ground up at -- this project is a work in progress and will launch later this summer. I'm proficient in HTML 5, CSS 3, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, Perl, SEO, and responsive web design. After reviewing my resume, if you feel that I'm a good match for this job, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

    $35.00 /hr
    0 hours
  10. Sean Robins

    Sean Robins

    Senior Software Developer / Fitness Instructor / Editor & Writer

    Australia - Last active: 13 days ago

    I like to do many different things, so I take on projects which look to be interesting, where I can use my experiences to bring great results, and where I have the opportunity to learn something new or even experience something familiar from a new perspective. As a Software Developer: ------------------------------- I have 13+ years of Software Development experience, primarily using languages such as Delphi and C#, although I have dabbled with C++, Java, Python, VB, and others as the need has arisen. I prefer to create software using Agile methods, finding that specific methodologies are not as important as finding a method which fits a particular team / organisation / project. My one unbreakable rule however is that being Agile requires a Test-Driven, and in particular a Behaviour-Driven approach. I have worked in many industries, including Construction, Medical, Defence, Financial, Administrative, Hospitality, Retail, Telecommunications, Accounting, Education, Utility, Publishing, and others. Each is unique, and each individual product, process, business, and team has required it's own unique combinations of skills and elements to be brought together to ensure a project's success. The result is that I have learned to be adaptable, resourceful, autonomous, a team-player, focussed, results-driven, motivated, and tenacious. My most memorable projects have included: - Organisation-wide systems upgrades and rollouts, - API Architecture and Development - Modular Product Development - Multiple-version product development - Project Management - Process Development And Implementation - Introduction of Agile Methodologies and Processes - Multi-platform Product Development - Mentoring and Coaching - Team-building and team development As A Fitness Instructor: ----------------------------- I have worked with a diverse range of people, each with unique needs and requirements as relates to their health and fitness goals. I have worked with and around injuries, disabilities, & mental health. I educate my clients, correcting mis-information and promoting a self-help and self-guided learning process. My key competencies are in the following: - Weight Management - Strength Training - Individual & Small-group Training - Large Group Fitness - Sports-Specific Strength and Conditioning - Calisthenics - Resistance Training - Kettlebells - Suspension Training - Bulgarian bag - Boxing - Team-building - Goal-Keeper Training (Soccer) - Team Coaching (Soccer) Editing and writing: ------------------------ These are skills I have developed over my career lifetime, having created and edited many documents for both client and in-house use. I have managed Wikis and Content Management Systems such as Mediawiki (the Wikipedia platform) and Wordpress amongst others. Proof reading and editing articles for these platforms has been an ongoing requirement, while reviewing and editing documents over time has been necessary to maintain relevance as information has changed over time, as well as updating documentation to allow for localisation and alternative target markets. I have also written copy, as well as performing edits and proofs for manuals, guidelines, reviews, reports, presentations and so on.

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours