Digital Design_001 – Websites
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Digital Design, Websites
About This Project

It feels like only yesterday I was building websites by hand, from scratch, writing HTML and CSS, and getting JS and other code from depositories. These, for me, were the hey-days of website building. Websites were crafted and bespoke-built, little works of art – but they were not responsive at all… and that became a huge problem. A change of tack was needed. First I still hand-coded websites writing my own responsive HTML, but this became far too time-consuming. Bootstrap showed promise but was still too slow. Development on WordPress became a trusty ally in being able to build responsive and effective websites, fast. For a while I still did a fair amount of writing HTML and CSS, using a WP theme builder, but it too became insufficient. These days I like purchasing a premium theme and doing development from there. The upside of this is that using an excellent theme ensures the nitty-gritty environment remains relatively stable over time, and that there is the best chance of having the site be as responsive to all devices as possible. Hand-coding for many different break points becomes very time-consuming. The downside of the proliferation of themed websites on the internet, is that they can lose identity and uniqueness – everything follows the same pattern. One can still be creative within the confines of the medium – but sometimes I miss the beautiful, bespoke websites that were possible – before “mobile first” became a thing and absolute positioning was lost!

The process would follow this line: I consult with the client and discuss the needs, market, branding, purpose of the website, the content (text and images) and deadlines in great detail. I process all of that information and come up with a site map, visual identity and time lines. I then create mock-ups – on desk top and mobile – so the client gets an idea of how the finished site will look. The idea is to get sign off on the design and treatment of all component elements. Once the client is happy with the look and feel, I jump in with domain registration and securing hosting, if necessary, preparing the environment for development and preparing images for publication and populating the site with information.

Recently I’ve been building websites for an events company that handles conferences and symposia for large companies and government bodies. The sites are mainly used as information centers for delegates. Planning and sharing of information usually happens a couple of months before the event and I will build the site to serve the delegates and guests information on the event itself, accommodation, event programmes, maps and speakers. There are constant updates to the information until the conference or symposium commences.

I also maintain a few websites for clients. Keeping the content, images and programmes updated, and making sure everything is running smoothly. Since some of these sites were built using different themes and methods, it keeps me on my toes with and up to date with various platforms.

These websites were designed and developed on behalf of Event Options Conference Registration Solutions