App that compares nightlife across the UK
NightInc is an app that allows users to see exactly what is happening at each club. Users can view promotions and flyers, access each clubs website, facebook and twitter profiles, find each club on a map and join guestlists and buy tickets. This is possibly the most difficult tasks that I have faced. As well as designing the invite system and allowing users to sign up to the service, I also had to build a custom content management system so that clubs could upload their nights. As well as that, I had to display all of this information in a native app that accessed an online database.
Price Comparison site for students
Studentvalue was the first project that I worked on. My aim was simple: to provide a price comparison site exclusively for students.
The idea was to make it easier for students to prepare for University and to save money. The problem was getting content. I signed up to affiliate websites so that I could use datafeeds from retailers wishing to target students. I succesfuly struck up relationships with retailers such as SKY, Orange, O2, PC world and many more.
Once I had the content in place, I had to display it, which I did using a combination of PHP and MySQL.
Studentvalue is a project that is currently on the back-burner and something I would wish to pick up again later down the line, but right now it just takes up too much time to maintain the database, although the website still receives regular traffic.
Portfolio website for Dancer, singer, actress and model Jade Seabrook
When Jade Seabrook first approached me she was studying performing arts at Masters College. She wanted a website that listed her teaching qualifications and showcased her skills in order to find work upon graduating.
Jade told me that she had recently done some modelling work and wanted the site to focus on her photoshoots so that she could find more work along these lines. She wanted a professional design, did some research and came across the IMG modelling website.
IMG are one of the top modelling agencies in the world and their website is striking. Jade asked me to come up with something similar to their website in order to come across as a professional model.
The first problem that I faced was that the IMG website was built using flash, and I hate flash. The problem with flash is that it is not compatible with iPad's and iPhones and a lot of the judges at auditions would use their iPads or iPhones to check out each performers website whilst they were auditioning.
Flash is a problem for all different types of businesses. I find an important part of web design is accessibility and my goal is to ensure that each site I build is accessible on all devices in order to maximise business.
Portfolio website for Dancer and model Nicky Deboo
Nicky Deboo this year graduated from Masters College, a well known performing arts college based in Essex. He wanted his website to look clean and simple, showing off both his modelling and dancing portfolio.
As Nicky provided me with many good quality photos, I was able to use one of his headshots for his background. I decreased the opacity of the image in order to get the white-like clinical effect that Nicky was after.
The main problem that we faced was making sure that the background scaled properly across a range of devices. An important part of web design is accessibility, and I wanted to ensure that Nicky's website was accessible on every device.
I like to make sure that the homepages I design are never static, and with Nicky being a model, I decided to add a jquery slideshow in order to exhibit his portfolio.
As Nicky's main area of expertise is dance, he wanted a high quality video page, showcasing his dancing. I therefore decided to use a Lightbox effect video player, with a nice bit of css coded in, in order to give the nice hover over effect when the visitor scrolls over each video.
Website for quaint holiday cottage in Coddenham
Mark and Sandra approached me with the aim of increasing the number of visitors to their cottage. They had advertised their cottage in a couple of well known internet directories but due to limits on the number of photos that you could provide and the competition that they were placed with, they struggled to get a lot of custom.
They wanted their own online presence, a professional and minimalist website that reflexted the simplicity of the cottage they were advertising.
An important part of web design is clarity. With coddenhamcottage.com, I wanted to illustrate the beauty of the cottage, so gave it a dynamic background that changes when the user navigates through the site.