During 2015 I’ve been involved in a number of website designs and updates. Here are my highlights:
A beautiful farmhouse in rural Italy that’s been completely renovated and turned into a premium holiday villa by my father-in-law and his wife. I wanted the website to stay out of the way and allow the photographs of the amazing villa, local town and countryside to shine through.
The usual WordPress Blog is actually a development diary that takes the visitor through the whole process from structural work, laying new floors, all the way though to the fitting of the luxury bathrooms and kitchens. I adapted a commercial theme with my own customisation and integrated an online booking system with PayPal deposits. The site is SSL encrypted.
Making Music Live
Designed as a store front for my friend’s PA and events company, I wanted this website to be a rapid tour of everything that her company has to offer, with quick access to representative prices and references from past clients. Again this is an adaptation of a commercial theme, which I think works very well for this site. I produced some custom graphics and tweaked the typography.
This is the London Neonatal Transport Service, a team a worked for for six months as a Senior Clinical Fellow. During that time I developed this website and offered to host it as part of my minimal-price charity web hosting. The site is used by hospitals across London and the home counties to access information for the urgent transfer of sick babies, and it also has information for parents and carers.
The site is deliberately low-key graphically so that it’s fast to load on NHS PCs which are often old and slow. It does have some nice features behind the scenes, such as a metadata based system for categorising clinical and operational protocols – this means that a document can be found under every category that it belongs under rather than a hierarchical file system which means that each document can only be ‘seen’ in one place. It sounds obvious, but most NHS systems I’ve come across for document management use the hierarchical approach.
I’ve been involved in Celebrate Maidstone since its inception. A simple idea: instead of complaining and moaning about our town, why not recognise and celebrate all that’s good about the place we call home and honour those who’ve contributed to its success, past, present and future?
The site was designed and commissioned by my friend Steve at Eyedeation. I integrated an online booking system for the yearly Gala Event so that people can book tickets. As part of that process I converted the site to work over SSL so that visitors can be confident that their information is secure.
My church has used various online event booking systems for a while, all of which take a significant commission from ticket sales. I created a simple site that uses the popular Event Espresso plugin for publishing events and managing bookings via PayPal. I integrated simple user account management and a graphical help system so that visitors can access normal WordPress functionality such as logins, password resets and account management from the frontend of the website rather than using the WordPress management dashboard. This gives a more consistent feel for the layout and branding. Again, this site is served exclusively over SSL as it’s an online shopping site.
This one’s hot off the press and strictly speaking not yet launched. Two very good friends of mine run a company providing training courses for doctors and nurses involved in neonatal intensive care. I designed and create a website for them to publicise the course, provide course information and online course booking.
I’m particularly excited about this one as we’ve been talking about doing it for the past couple of years and it’s finally there… nearly!