Archive for Website Design
It’s only taken a couple of years… and it’s still not finished. But here it is, in it’s current state, my new Kreative Bomb website.
Over the next day or so I’ll be working my way through it, checking all the links work. It’s like proofreading a brochure – you don’t spot the mistakes until its printed!
As a ‘print designer’ who usually runs a mile from digital based projects, I’ve built this website using Adobe Muse – Adobe’s web package for the InDesigner. It doesn’t support conventional responsive* sites (at the moment) – so a mobile/tablet version of the site will be going live early 2016. Saying that, I have just clicked on Adobe’s website and there is a big splash screen on the Muse page about “Response coming soon”. So I might just hang fire on those mobile versions for the time being…
So what are my main objectives with this new site and why have I designed it the way I have? First and foremost I wanted there to be no confusion about what it is that I do. Straight off the bat, big images, big text, big colours! My work is bold and distinctive and I wanted the site to convey that. Ultimately my work is what defines me to potential new clients so I wanted my work to be centre stage. It’s a very visual site – text at a minimum. Some older pieces will be replaced with newer projects as the site evolves. But at the moment, I’m 100% comfortable that the work on the site demonstrates the types of clients I have worked for and the solutions I have provided.
When I was originally planning the page layouts, I was very reluctant to research what other individuals/agencies were doing with their websites. In this industry, its very easy to follow the latest fads and do what’s fashionable – ultimately looking like everyone else. This is my website and if I want to move forward and attract new customers, I needed to be completely happy with the website behind me. I’m not the type of designer who is going to say “well it’s what everyone else is doing”. Time will tell if it is success or not.
At present, work links to ‘case studies’ on Behance. I will eventually redo my Behance projects on the site and bring everything on to one site. It was just too big a job to redo all those pages for my self-imposed launch date of the end of 2015.
The website is a work in progress and will evolve over time. New work will be added, sections will be expanded with some possible new sections introduced (photography, typography, personal projects for example).
I’m looking forward to any feedback – positive or negative.
*buzz word amongst web developers… apparently
Just over a year ago, I was asked to design the branding for a new taxi booking service that would be available on Apple iOS, Android and the web.
This week, the service was officially launched. The web service is available at www.itaxi.co.uk and the app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Main logos with and without the strap line.
Smartphone/tablet app icon.
Some of my initial sketchbook doodles while working on the main taxi graphic.
Final taxi graphic and side view. Side view graphic is used in proposed animated sequences on the website.
Initial website design concepts that demonstrate the branding in use.
North of Watford have been in business since 1984 and they were looking for a fresh, new look going in to their 30th year. Primary requirements were a new logo, business stationery and website makeover. The one thing North of Watford were keen to retain from their previous identity was the colour palette – cyan and black.
There is a certain degree of symmetry to the word ‘NOW’ which helped influence the creation of the NoW logo mark and the North of Watford logotypes.
It is very rare that a company’s acronym is actually a word, and in North of Watford’s case, ‘NOW’ is such a dynamic and forceful word in it’s own right. It seemed only right that this should be explored, expanded on and introduced in to their identity.
Below is a fun piece created for the North of Watford 30th birthday party.
Just completed the design work on a new website for Revolve Fitness International.
Revolve are a company that specialise in offering training to gym and fitness instructors. Based in the UK, they are now expanding into Dubai and India and therefore needed a website refresh.
Heard of Layers magazine? No, I hadn’t either. That was until I registered my Adobe Creative Suite 4 software with Adobe and they offered me a free, three-month subscription as a gift for registering my software.
The magazine describes itself as a “How to magazine for everything Adobe” and is available both in digital and hard copy. If you select the three-month subscription gift from Adobe, they allow you to download the latest three issues in digital format which you can view onscreen using a software app called Zinio Reader.
I downloaded my three free issues and started browsing through them – to be honest, it’s a pretty good magazine with some interesting tips and tricks and articles provided by professionals who use Adobe’s software.
Each issue they run a really interesting feature called “Design Makeover”. Basically, the publishers of the magazine take a particular piece of existing design (which has been submitted in by the owner), that is serious need of a refresh and ask three designers to provide a ‘design makeover’. The subject of the article can be anything ranging from a website, magazine layout, book cover, piece of packaging or CD cover etc etc.
I viewed this as a great opportunity to get a piece of my design work out there and hopefully generate some leads. So I contacted Layers magazine and made them aware that I would be interested in being a contributing designer to this article.
Low and behold, within the space of a month or so, they asked if I’d have a look at doing a makeover on a company logo and website layout that had been sent in. Below is the before and after…
Just completed a small WordPress website for my cousin-in-law. View it here
Welcome to the brand new Kreative Bomb website.
The website that preceded this had been knocking around for a fair few years now and was beginning to look a bit dated, so I decided it was time to give it a bit of an overhaul.
By now you’ve probably spotted that this new website has a bloggy/news type appearance – as opposed to a more conventional gallery/slide show approach. Not only is this becoming a more common way of producing websites in the design industry, I also felt this was a more effective way of keeping the site constantly updated and looking fresh, while also keeping the general maintenance down to a minimum. Using a bloggy news feed approach means I can upload new work and latest news on the fly and hopefully encourage readers to come back more often and possibly leave feedback.
The conundrum I’m faced with now is where to start. Do I go back and upload all the major work I’ve done over the past few years or do I treat this website as the start of a new dawn and therefore a blank canvas? I’m strongly tempted to draw a line on all my previous work and start this website from now but I do have work on my previous website that I’m quite proud of and I’m not quite ready to assign it to the archives just yet.
With that in mind and the flexibility that this type of website offers, I think I will introduce old work into this site but possible under a category entitled ‘The Vault’ or something along those lines. Who knows?
At the end of the day, this website is an experiment of sorts and I’m not entirely sure how it will end up. I’m quite liking the thought of being very spontaneous with it and therefore it becomes a bit of an evolving beast. Besides, as a graphic designer, I’m faced with rules and guidelines day-in, day-out – the last thing I want is my own website to become that rigid.
And on that note I’ll sign out. Hope you enjoy the website and I look to forward to any feedback (positive I hope!) 😉