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Bits ‘bout Me I'm Jan, a designer, illustrator, front-end developer, Happy Meal toy collector
a breakdancer wannabe.


Jan CavanHello there! My name is Jan Cavan and welcome to Dawghouse Design Studio, my personal website and visual playground to showcase some of the work that I have created in digital media.

I have always been into everything involving creativity ever since I was little. I took up a 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 in a university, but most of the things I have learned are self-taught through online tutorials off the internet and constant self-study.

If you would like to connect with me, join me on Twitter and Facebook. You may also want to check out my lifestream (well, sorta :) over at

Speaking and Interviews

Re:Build Conference, July 2011
Future of Web Design NYC, November 2010
Open Source Awards Birmingham UK Judge, September 2010
Cebu Digital Design Awards Judge, June 2010
Smashing Magazine’s Women in Web Design, May 2011
Web Designer Magazine UK Interview with Jan Cavan Podcast, October 2010
If You Were Not A Designer, What Would You Be? Interview, August 2010
Interviewing Women in Web Design Around the World, August 2010
Designers and Their Workspaces, July 2010
The Gathering of the Designers Clan, June 2010
Jan Cavan’s Tools of Trade, May 2010
How Did you Find Your First Client, March 2010
Learning New Technologies with Jan Cavan, March 2010
How to Get Creatively Inspired, February 2010
Interview with Freelance Web Designer Jan Cavan, December 2009
7 Design Questions with Jan Cavan, September 2009
Interview with Marie January Cavan, December 2008

A Little Bit of History

Doghouse, as how it was spelled before, had already been born even before I’d ever heard of web design. I came up with such name as a tribute to the very first dog I ever had whom I loved so dearly. The site was built for the sole purpose of showcasing my illustrations and some thoughts and inspiration I found about cartooning that I wanted to share. Its first few versions were on Bravenet and GeoCities and somewhere along the way, I noticed that several small business had already been using the name Doghouse, thus, the name evolved to Dawghouse.

Jan Cavan Workstation


  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Coda by Panic
  • Wacom Bamboo
  • 21.5″ iMac
  • 13″ MacBook Pro


Photos on the About and Press pages by Lyra Cindy Paires. Typefaces being used on this website are Droid Sans and Ballpark. Social media icons by Gedy Rivera. To Manny Cadag, for helping out with the watercolored illustrations.

Thank Yous

First of all, I would like to give my sincerest thank yous to online tutorials and resource sites, the countless efforts of people who provide them; my mom and dad, the rest of my family and friends for all their love and support; my dogs for never failing to cheer me up after a long, busy day; to ClickStream Marketing for making me learn the very skills that I needed. You guys have given me my wings… and all the companies I’ve worked for, for helping me hone my skills and helping me grow as an artist; and last but not the least, to God — the Alpha and the Omega — without Him, none of these would be possible.