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Web design

I build and/or manage website for a variety of organisations, both commercially and as part of my involvement with various waterway-related groups. The following is a non-exhausitive list of websites I have worked on in the past couple of years.

Contact me if you would like to talk about a project. Costs to build a new site vary from a few hundred pounds to several thousand, depending on what you want. I can take care of hosting and support as well as initial development if you want me to. I can help you to evolve a design for the site and will do photography if required, but I am not a graphic designer. I have contacts who can often help with this if it is required, or I can work with your usual designer.

Commercially developed sites:

Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club

A fully content-managed canals site, powered by Drupal, replacing a well-used but outdated static site. Published in March 2010, it is now up to over 700 pages and has nearly 150 registered users. Lots of interesting functionality. Registered HNBOC members have access to additional content.

The site allows users to view the content in three different ways, the default, which is a style based on the well-established Club magazine; an accessible version with variable font sizes and high contrast colours; and a mobile version with a limited number of images for access via mobile devices over 3G/GPRS, for example when on a boat.

There is an automated feed of news stories from the site on the homepage of this site.

DJC1 Planning Ltd

Visual presentation was the key element of this site, which is designed to be used by clients from the fields of planning, urban regeneration and the like. Design evolved over time working in partnership with the Director of the business. Pages rarely change so it is not content managed.

Railtrail Tours Ltd

I built the site to compliment their online booking site. I had been involved in the deployment of this (bought in) system and worked with the team to develop a style for both sites to match existing printed materials for this well-established brand.

We continue to develop the site, and have recently started adding tour reports supplied by customers. This has required the development of a fairly sophisiticated image handling system when uploaded images are converted for reuse both on the tour report page and in galleries.

Girl In The Wood

E-commerce site built in Drupal using Zen and Ubercart for a friend's craft business in the west of Ireland. I did the photography for this site, which was quite fun as we tried to emphasise the rural setting.

Butterscotch Beads

Another Ubercart site. The client had very specific design requirements, so the flexibility of the Zen template system was incredibly useful in delivering something she was happy with.

Potteries Heritage Society

Built as part of a major project undertaken by the Society, with the support of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and funded by English Heritage. The new site has had a visual redesign to tie in with the publication of new promotional materials, which I also designed.

Emily Chapman Photography

This site is primarly a showcase for Emily's work. The site is fully content managed to allow new content to easily be added. The very clean look of the site was arrived at after close collaboration and the final design evolved after a series of refinements made to simplify the appearance as far as possible.

Lucinda Mackworth Young

I can't claim the design or content credits on this site, but I did build it, converting the supplied designs in PDF and image formats into web pages, again using Drupal and Zen to achieve this.

 

Waterway-related sites:

Caldon & Uttoxter Canals Trust

The original site was an early attempt at a CSS design that has stood the test of time because it was so visually simple. Over time, assorted interactive components were bolted onto it, a calendar, then a gallery, most recently a shopping cart.

Following security problems with the calendar and shop components towards the end of 2010 I finally ported the site to Drupal.

There is an RSS feed of news stories from the site on the homepage of this site.

Cheshire Locks Project

Another very simple design. Visually designed to tie in with a leaflet that had I also photographed and designed. Was ported to Drupal in mid 2010 from static pages as we need additional functionality for surveys etc.

Burslem Port

This was quckly built using a standard Drupal template but is slowly being expanded. The site was my first one to have a "proper" gallery but this went through several incarnations. Some of the older versions can be seen in places. I'm currently revamping the site to bring it up to speed as the project has now formed into a Trust as of February 2011.

Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership

This site was put together very quickly to allow us to introduce the project to both the public and potential partner organisations. It has been built in a way that should allow us to expand it considerably at a later stage. One interesting feature is that it has an link to Twitter so that any new stories are automatically posted there. [I should also note that as well as developing the site I co-wrote four of the project proposals which have now been submitted to HLF: Bridge 70, Froghall link, mileposts and the interpretation strategy.]

 

This site

Built in Drupal after various earlier hard coded and content managed incarnations. One point of note is that the visual theme is an almost out of the box design, rather than one I built from scratch.

I do use the site for testing quite a bit so don't be surprised to see strange content dotted around the place at times.

The Fish Class boats section was built as a test for the HNBOC site. The template has now been used to capture fully cross-referenced details of over 500 craft on that site.

 

Last updated January 2012