Development coding Lauren O’Neill’s design into a theme for New York styling + creative consultancy by Carrie L. Goldberg.
Website for Jess, aka The Wedding Collector. The site has a large Hire Collection and product favouriting system from which you can request a quote.
Twenty page eCookbook for Rachel Khoo’s Khoollect subscribers.
Quick design job for the National Centre for Econometrics Research. Logo update and website look-and-feel design. Build and project management were done by old colleague and code wizard Justin Walduck, and his colleague Leighton Brough. Justin also extrapolated the bare two pages I designed throughout the rest of the site.
Soft-rebrand of Matrix’s ID, and redesign and build of their website. Anthony, Richard and the team were easy to work with and really on the ball.
Things have been a bit busy! We recently repatriated from Paris to Sydney so it’s been pretty crazy. But it’s nice to be back home and getting stuck back into work. Here’s a few WIPs from recent weeks. Will be sure to get the portfolio updated when we go live! Can’t wait; been having a lot of fun on these.
Keith, the founder of PSI Managers, was looking for more than just a web developer to bring his new website to life; he wanted a partner who was as committed to the project as he, and who would take the time to understand his business so that the result felt honest and true to character. We spoke in great detail about the business, its ethos and methodology, and the philanthropy sector within Australia. It was a really rewarding collaboration. I particularly enjoyed Keith’s idea to use some of his favourite artworks throughout the site. They reflect the thoughtful nature of the subject matter and his … read more
A website for the ZuriMED team in Zurich. They got in touch mid-December requiring a website urgently for the new year. They envisaged a site with nice animations and page-to-page transitions. To their credit, the ZuriMED team were incredibly organised and prompt to work with, and we got the website out the door in less than a month (with Christmas and New Year in the middle of said month!). They had a design and the animations they imagined at the ready, so it was simply a case of finding the appropriate tools, then getting stuck into the time-consuming animations. Part way through the build it was discovered ZuriMED was … read more
A new website for the Chamber. They really needed something they could update themselves, and which was capable of housing the different types of information they make available to their members, such as their meeting minutes, member notice board, news, and events.
Ahh, Mass Effect. You beautiful space opera, you. My better half introduced me to Mass Effect shortly after I relocated to Paris, and it wasn’t long before I’d finished all three games, just before the final DLC was due for release. Introducing my Shepherd: Not long after in the spring (April 2013-ish) we forayed into the ME3 Multiplayer. You only start off with a couple of characters unlocked and have to play to unlock the rest, which makes levelling in ME3 Multi seriously addictive. Boom, unlocked a new character! Aghh, must spend hours levelling it to see how powerful it … read more
One of my favourite things to do as a kid was create things, and personalise them to make them my own. I expect this urge is what eventually lead me to the design and development industry. Mum has always been a big recycler, so we always had a crate of cardboard in the garage my little sister and I could dig into and have at with scissors and tape. We created bunk beds for our stuffed animals out of shoeboxes, using toilet rolls for vertical supports. When I signed up for membership to Scholastic’s Goosebumps and Animorphs clubs, each month … read more
Nivair is a good friend and talented lady. She’s an MIT engineering grad and technical writer with a passion for penning fantastical works in her spare time. She needed a website to showcase her creative writing and be a home to all her works, including interviews and miscellaneous pieces published online. Although Nivair didn’t need a blog yet she thought she might want one later. To save the core blog functionality for possible future use I created custom post types for Fiction and Nonfiction work to partition her writing from the blog. We also included some custom fields available to each … read more
A design completed for Brisbane web agency Unio of whom Brock Sherman is a client. The website template was already complete, necessitating a design that fit over the existing wireframe. As the website has evolved over the last six months it’s became used more directly for property listings. New theming work continues as it morphs.
The delightful Rachel Khoo passed my details to Joseph, and I’m ever so glad she did. This boutique portfolio build of Joseph’s clean design was completed ultra-fast and was a very satisfying project thanks to his lightning speed communiqués and having a clear objective.
First established in 1923 in the rural town of Moree, Assef’s is a family-owned department store with a rich history. I grew up with the Assef’s television and radio spots, and later got to know the eldest Assef daughter when we found ourselves at the same boarding school. So the business has a fond niche in my childhood memory. Quality, heritage and great service are top priorities we wished to convey with the website’s new look. The aha! moment in the design process was drawing a visual link between the Assef’s logo with its coat of arms and underlying motto, with that … read more
A business card website for Gateway Mining, recently under new management. Project managed by Sydney-based designer Carina Lee, who rebranded Gateway Mining in early 2013. The client was after something corporate but very clean and simple. They had some solid design inspiration in using Chinese lucky colours and numbers; reds, golds, and the number eight. We had a fair few documents to display on the site which required a robust data table solution. The import/export features of TablePress are what initially caught my eye but additional management features such as live search filtering made it a clear winner. Finding the one … read more
A Sign’s in-house designer provided a bright, angular, large-screen design and a great deal of her sharp signage photography, so building this site was a real breeze with all the assets in place. This was one of the first occasions I was able to experiment with designing in the browser. Already in possession of a large-screen design, we were able to code it up first, then optimise the design for handheld devices without having to spend much time in Photoshop doing mockups. (The site is still mobile-first even though it was initially designed for large screens.) It was a real time-saver to … read more
The ultimate cheerful project—working with a leading rural preschool to build their online presence from scratch. I undertook photography, wireframes, design, and build. Sites revolving around children have developed somewhat of a visual reputation for being loud and comic sans-y, so with that in the back of my mind I aimed to create something bright with childish accents—without losing the design to over-the-top typography or garish colours—and we had great success. The front page especially is vibrant and welcoming but doesn’t quite look like a toy aisle exploded. Mad props to Carl Sherriff for his Good Hearts illustrations. His wee … read more
I got to spend just over one wicked year living and playing with the Traction team in London, the European arm of Traction Digital in Australia. Their SaaS offering is multi-channel marketing platform, and it’s used by brands like Unilever and Vue Cinemas to co-ordinate their digital marketing efforts: email, SMS, social marketing competitions, and so on. Sundry duties at Traction included design and front end development for web and email, design for print, customer support, authoring email HTML/CSS best practise documents, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I was a design Swiss Army Knife. It was a really great year, … read more
My work with creative foodie Rachel Khoo has been widely varied, which is much of the fun. Here are a few things I’ve done with Rachel: Technical maintenance Best practice consultancy Social media integrations Adventures in cookie policies Server load and visitor monitoring Implementing compression solutions to optimise website in preparation for and response to large upswings in traffic Rachel is a savvy business-woman and real pleasure to work with. She is also a generous host to her recipe guinea pigs. Having given me the opportunity to dine in her famous Little Paris Kitchen she has a life-long fan in … read more
A passion project for old colleague and friend, Justin Walduck, to update the Carmarilla Australia site. Being a LARP (Live Action Role Play) group, we had the opportunity to set a dark and gritty tone which was enormous fun. The new design required separate templates for the website’s front-facing public pages vs the members area. The members area still had to be highly functional for managing membership, prestige, group elections and so on, while retaining the dark atmosphere.
Game developer Jon Chey of Bioshock fame was a treat to work with on the site for his newest game, the D&D style online card game Card Hunter. I produced a set of wireframes and a nice design over the top, but this really came to life when the game’s talented illustrator, Ben Lee, got involved. He drew over the design in the game’s colourful, cell-shaded style and it all just fell into place. He also gathered together some pieces from their physical games models and took the signature photograph that became the centrepiece of homepage. Those Card Hunter guys … read more