Dame Saint Orléans

Responsive websites and visual content
for businesses and individuals who want to stand out.

Head Designer:
Rachel Brandsness

I'm Rachel Brandsness, the founder and lead designer/developer at Dame Saint Orleans, and I create responsive websites and visual content for businesses and individuals who want to stand out.

Photo of Rachel being... normal?

I designed my first website in 2013 using popular template site builder, Wix.com to make a website for a musician. I fell in love with the ability to make the ideas in my head come to life on the web, but I was restricted by the templates and often frustrated by the limits I faced both creatively and technically. From there, I set my sites on learning to program. I started with manipulating settings and layouts on Wordpress sites and eventually progressed to coding my own mobile-first responsive websites from scratch. I founded my first web design agency, Brandsness Productions, in 2014, which later became Dame Saint Orleans in late 2015.

My primary area of skill and focus is Front-End Design. In addition to HTML5, CSS3, Media Queries, and applicable Javascript and JQuery, I have experience in logo creation and photo editing and retouching, which allows me to create and deliver dynamic sites with eye-catching visual content.

In the new year I am hoping to progress my skills in backend development. I use PHP in my Wordpress development and design and have written a contact form application in PHP, which can be found on this site. As this year progresses, I plan to dive further into PHP, as well begin the journey of learning Python. Every website and every project is unique and each has an audience to reach. I'd love to help you create a site that blows away your audience.

Fun Facts:

I am obsessed with spicy food, most notably in the forms of Thai and burritos.

Favorite Bands: Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Florence + The Machine, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, The Gaslight Anthem

Favorite Books: "Night" - Elie Wiesel, "Fahrenheit 451" - Ray Bradbury, "Harry Potter" Series - J.K. Rowling

Design and Development Experience Using:

Web:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Responsive, Mobile-First Design
  • Javascript
  • JQuery
  • PHP
  • Wordpress
  • Wix
  • Squarespace

Design:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Bridge
  • Premier Pro
  • After Effects
  • In Design

Education:

Belmont University, Nashville, TN - Bachelors of Business Administration

Testimonial

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My experience with Brandsness Productions-Dame Saint Orleans in creating my web site… was one of the most professional and wonderful experiences I’ve ever had, working in web design and/or e-commerce. Rachel has a keen eye and a gracious and kind way about her as she satisfied ALL of my tedious needs and requests. I would recommend her highly, to anyone needing a new or updated web presence. First-rate design and a GREAT attitude to work with.

-Ken Harrell-Owner, Hope 4 You Ministries