Working with a musician as accomplished as Laura Love is a bit heady. There's an internal sense of wonder at the quality of her music, and the primary thought is how to design the site so that it's good enough to meet the quality of her music. Fortunately, she makes it easy. Every time a new CD or book comes out, there is already great design involved. So I see my role not so much as to design the site, but to remake it in a way to fit the design work so that it's consistent with the style of the product she's currently selling. This means the site has gone through quite a few iterations during the time I've been working on it, but it also keeps me thinking of new ways to keep it fresh and inventive.
When Kay approached me about doing a web site, she showed me her current site. The content was good, but the appearance was lacking in color and integrated layout. Kay and I worked together to create a site for her that both showcased her work, but also used her own artwork to create the backdrops for the site and overall tone and style.
This was fun to design. Andy (the owner of the store) does some of his own design work, so we got to play around with his ideas about the layout of the site, and I got to figure out how to best meet his interests for the design work while still creating the site in such a fashion that it proved functional and easy to navigate. The collaborative effort worked well.
This was a complicated site to design because of the inventory set-up. I had to create a custom database which tracked inventory based on both categories of item plus the companies. Then I had to build an interface which allowed Ed (the owner) to add his own inventory, remove items once sold, add new companies, categories, etc. Once I got it moving, however, I was really happy with the result.
This was one of my earliest large site designs, with images drawn entirely from the books they sell on the site. I'm no longer hosting the site, but they've kept the basic design work I did back in the mid 1990's, using the same colors, images, textures and look and feel that I originally created.
Celebrate Brattleboro is a site designed for a group of artists who came together in Fall of 2010 to produce a calendar to raise money for Windham Reads. It was designed as an image gallery as well as a way to feature local artists and their work. Specialized programming for this site includes a content gallery designed to be incredibly easy to use.
I've designed and redesigned this site multiple times, but I like the basic structure of it now. My favorite element is how the background textures change every 10-15 minutes. It's a php script I wrote that bases the background on a function of date and time. This site makes strong use of databases (such as tracking the mp3 files, along with keyword categories to fit them) as well as a lot of interactive tools for end users (photo gallery, videos, etc.)
This is probably the most complex site I've ever designed. It uses a database to track thousands of photos I've taken over the years, allowing people to browse and search photos by date, keyword category, location, using complex combination searches. It also tracks custom galleries I've created, allows end users to rate photos, tracking the ones most liked. There's nothing in here I can't customize to suit other clients, but this particular site is primarily a labor of love.
We feel lucky and grateful to have had Julie on our team. Her expertise, promptness and cooperation made our business more easy to manage. Her knowledge and credibility added a huge dimension to our ever growing and changing website.