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A side-project for a fictitious company. Mobile first, and gear towards the goals that business is aiming toward.

Side-project: Ion Innovation

This is a homepage for a fictitious company called Ion Innovation for which I gave myself a small brief (to stretch my designing and coding legs). Essentially they are a management consultancy for the scientific sector.

The main goal for their website is to book clients on their initial consultation. Therefore, the focus of the page is clearly the contact forms at the top and bottom of the page.

The colour palette is muted. However, I've chosen a complementary colour (a catching yellow) using colour theory for the Call To Actions (for the form submit buttons). That yellow is used on the form fields as well; when the user clicks on one of the form fields they're underlined in the same yellow to make clear to any user which form field they're entering details into. A complementary colour for any Call To Action, that isn't used much on the rest of the page, is crucial to drawing a visitor's attention to the sections of the page that support the website's goals.

This site is also Mobile First (where the code is written for mobile devices first, and then transform gracefully for larger screen sizes) which is important for today's web.

The page is then ready to be coded into a WordPress theme with further pages being created.

Feel free to click the title above, or follow this link to see a live version of the homepage I created.

The WordPress theme I customised for Maggie at Maggies Pastry

Maggie's Pastry

Maggie contacted me with a problem - She needed a simple WordPress website that would enable her business to continue growing. I helped her customise a simple WordPress theme into something she could use.

The work included setting up WooCommerce in just the right way to get the functionality she was looking for. This included combining a few extra plugins.

There was also custom coding that was required to match the theme to her specifications (as with many situations I've come across, a pre-made WordPress theme is great if you can find one that's exactly what you need and happens to have the right content blocks laid out for you. Otherwise you have to try hard to fit your content into that pre-made theme - and that's with at least a little coding knowledge). I customised the theme, and also assisted with testing the WooCommerce payment processes, ensuring the contact form worked as there were some problems, and carrying out some keyword research to help her along the way.

Lastly, I sat down and showed her how to use the site effectively so she would get the most out of it.

The web design I created for Perfect Repair

Perfect Repair

The project started with important keyword research which drove the content and structure of the website. Working closely with Perfect Repair Ltd I created a custom logo, including working on the typography as well as content creation. A styleboard was created that governed the look and feel of the site to create a sense of coherence between the different pages.

That prior work on content etc. led naturally to designing the layout of the pages themselves. The structure of the site was already decided in the previous steps so it was a case of creating a flow for the content.

Lastly, the website was hand coded by me to ensure it would be easily read by any search engine, as well as being functional for visitors (for example ensuring the images were optimised well for the web). Having that control over the code was key to ensuring elements such as image 'alt' tags were used corrently, and the website had a good heirarchy with elements such as heading tags.

The web design I created for Colin David Hair Studio

Colin David Hair Studios

Briefed with creating a simple yet elegant design, the site was created for Colin David Hair Studios to match the style of the salon. They wanted something straight-forward that would provide the necessary information to their customers.

The logo and images were provided by Colin David, and I worked closely with them on colour choices, typography and layout.

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