Some of you may have seen my tweets regarding a new design project I have been working on involving science and geeky stuff. I was asked to design a poster of the elements for my friend as she was looking for something funky and different having struggled to find anything that she liked online.
I am not suggesting that I have re-invented the wheel, but I have to say that I am so pleased with the result. You know you’ve done a good job when the MD and staff of the printing company compliments you on the work.
I’d like to credit Mrs Sausages-Milk for the idea (11.456%) and thank her for checking and re-checking the table, even if she did get one ‘wrong’.
Now you just have to help me decide on which one is the best colour palette and do you prefer A2 traditional layout or widescreen layout? Decisions, decisions…
The Sunday Gardener is an independent, non-profit, advice and resource website for gardeners and enthusiasts.
I was contacted by Carol, the owner and editor of the blog-style site with a view to updating the template. Carol had built the site on the Create.Net platform and was using one of their templates. The site was growing in content and it was time to update it to allow for drop down menus which the existing template could not allow for. Carol wanted to maintain the style of the existing website, so working from a revised sitemap and using the style of the existing website as a guide we eventually came up with a new updated design.
It has been a pleasure working with Carol on her website. She had a very clear idea of how she wanted it to look and the style, so it was a case of translating her thoughts into a workable design.
This is an excellent example of how to use an e-commerce solution like Create.Net for a non-commerce website. You can visit the site at www.sundaygardener.co.uk for lots of lovely tips and hints on looking after your garden. There is also a handy annual calender which helps you plan your activities.
The Crystal Boutique is an online business selling bespoke and customised crystal shoes.
I was contacted by the owner and designer Jorden to help her re-work her existing website on the create.net platform. Jorden had previously commissioned someone to design a template for her using Create’s WDK system, but the template was not working the way she wanted it to with major layout issues.
I was sent me some screenshots of the pages that were of concern with some ideas of what style and design changes were required. Based on this, I prepared some concept designs which we played around with until we had a design that we were both happy with. Using this design I created a template for the Create system. On this occasion it was easier to start from scratch instead of using what was there previously.
The great thing about using a templated system such as Create is that there is very little content changes that were required. A few product images had to be updated to match the new template, but apart from that once the new template was applied and tested the new Crystal Boutique website was launched!
The business owned by Jorden, an ambitious young lady who is going places, so keep an eye on her. You can see the new website in all its glory at www.thecrystalboutique.com. You can also follow Jorden on twitter @TheCrystalB_
A couple of months back I did some work on Little A Designs’ old e-commerce website and blog. It was a straight forward change of some elements of the shop page and creating some new styles for the blog. I really enjoyed working with Marna, she’s super creative and has a clear direction on the style and format she likes.
So, it was a great pleasure and privilege to be asked to help Marna completely define and devised a totally new concept for her shop when it came for time for her to re-invent herself (a la Madonna style, but minus the boob tassels).
I asked Marna for a design brief. What I got was a mood board in a box full crammed full of her favourite ribbons, washi tapes and fabrics along with some screens of design elements she liked.
It was rather difficult for me to not want to use all the delicious ideas, I had to use my restraint, imagine that! I came up with three different concepts all using different design elements that had been outlined. It’s always a nail-biting time for me when waiting for feedback on initial concepts, because although I love the designs I send off to a client, there is always the fear of them not being not quite ‘right’.
I need not have feared. Marna loved them all, and do you know how I could tell? She sent me a picture with different parts of all three designs cut and paste (literally) onto a new hybrid design.
I had hand-written notes and comments on the various elements and also suggestions on what would work. I would soon get very used to this sort of feedback ML style.
We worked on refining the design further with each revision until we came up with a design that we were both very happy with.
I can honestly say that we were very much on the same wave-length when it came to what worked and what didn’t work. I think I only had to put my foot down once and do a ‘designer strop’ to get my own way.
The final website is a true reflection of Marna and her creativity. From the bits of fabric on the basket/cart area to the crochet frame which she made along with her favourite washi tapes. Most personal were the frames that have been used in the gallery pages which came from her own collection and housed pictures of the gorgeous Lunt family.
Alongside the talents of illustrations of Artwork by Angie and the beautiful product images by Lyndsey James photography, I think that you will agree that this is a real team effort and I for one would not begrudge all the hours that have been put in to come up with such a bespoke and unique product for such a truly inspirational lady.
Please go and have a good old nosey at the site and the blog and treat yourself to something beautiful while you are there.