Brief:

Build Duo‘s design for Simmonsherriff LLP | Arhitects into an easy to use website, so that the client’s could readily add content whenever a new project was completed.

Solution:

The site was build into a custom WordPress theme, allowing the design to be completely bespoke, whilst giving Simmonsherriff great usability.

View site: http://www.simmonsherriff.co.uk/

Project Highlight:

Meeting another great company and helping them showcase their work.

Brief:

I was hired to build Revolution Bar’s on-line magazine the ‘New Inventive’. The brief was to improve upon their existing site, which had several visual and functional bugs that needed fixing.

Solution:

The site was primarily images, videos and music, so I kept it simple with large blocks of content, that clicked through to minimalist pages which displayed the relevant content. I custom build the whole site as a custom WordPress theme, allowing the administrators to modify the content each month as they added new issues.

Project Highlight:

Having great content to work with really opened the door for what I could build, helping give the magazine as much impact as possible in a relatively simple manner.

Brief:

I was hired by Manchester’s premier digital agency to build their design for an upcoming snack product called Zoobs. The design was provided for how the site should look for desktop and mobile, leaving the in-between aesthetics and the functionality to interpretation.

Solution:

The site was hand-coded utilising the latest BootStrap 3 for layout and mobile-readiness, this also provided an easy foundation for the agency’s developers to modify the site in future if required. I decided to add subtle reactive animations to multiple elements throughout the website to encourage interaction.
Visit site: http://zoobs-snacks.com/

Project Highlight:

The agency were happy with the quality and speed of my work, and tried to recruit me, several times, to which I had to graciously decline.

 

Brief:

Scott’s Workear Ltd, required a high-performance, fully-fledged e-commerce store, on a budget. It needed to be able to handle stock-monitoring, tax settings, varied shipping fees, and nearly every other feature that some of the largest e-commerce stores have.

Solution:

A Magento CE edition store, utilising a custom-built theme modified from the default templates ensured the site was unique enough for the client whilst also being within their budget. The site was also built on a cost-effective, yet high-performance VPS server, to minimise page-loads and increase conversions, providing everything the client required.

Visit site: http://www.scottsworkwear.co.uk/

Project Highlight:

Being able to provide real-business value to a great company.

Brief:

Another collaboration with the Leeds design agency ‘DUO’, who provided the classy, minimalist design for the high-street store and event hub “Lambert’s Yard”, ready to be built onto a Magento-Wordpress hybrid platform.

Solution:

The design had to be applied to an existing site, that utilised both Magento and WordPress (using an integration script), and so required in-depth knowledge of both platforms to carry out. The development was done on the live URL whilst using a holding page to face the general-public.

Visit site: http://www.lambertsyard.co.uk/

Project Highlight:

Working with such a brilliant design, and the challenge of applying it seamlessly to two separate platforms.

Brief:

This was an experiment we created a while ago, after Duo’s ever sharp eye caught a rise in the usage of the ‘parallax‘ effect in websites to give an appearance of depth. This effect can be emulated by moving layers of objects at varied speeds, and when controlled by the natural scrolling of a web-page, creates an effective aesthetic for promoting whatever you wish.

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Solution:

Duo created the visual in Adobe Illustrator and forwarded on the file with explanations of how they’d like each slide to behave when scrolled. I used fairly standard front-end techniques to manipulate their de-constructed imagery into something which helps emphasise how well some things work together. Take a look and scroll down slowly: http://cdn1.co.uk/parallax/

Note: Due to this being a bit of fun, we didn’t create a mobile version, and it’s designed to work on landscape only orientations.

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Project Highlight:

Creating something cool just for fun.
http://cdn1.co.uk/parallax/

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Brief

A responsive portfolio website build for George Durdy the millinery artist. Working closely with the Duo team, we wanted to make this site feel as classy and bespoke as Durdy’s designs. The final site needed to be easily update-able so that she could add extra collections as they were created.

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Solution

Another custom built WordPress theme allowed us to dictate all the tiniest details, helping us achieve the classy bespoke feel we were after. From the slide-out menu and transforming arrow details, to the automatically created copper image overlays, drop-away effects and rotating crosses, these are the small details that help you enjoy navigating the site whilst not getting in the way of the portfolio itself.

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Project Highlight

Another benefit of the custom build was the ability to carry over these aesthetic enhancements over every device resolution, with every section being 100% responsive and mobile friendly.

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Brief

Graphic Designers and Design Agencies frequently approach me to build the site’s that they’ve designed, and this build was another example of how well that can work. With a short phone call, and a few emails, everything was understood and the build was finished within a few days. The brief was simply the design, make it looks as similar as possible, and implement the implied functionality!

Solution

I decided to custom build a WordPress theme to deliver this site with. That way we had 100% control over every aspect, and the custom back-end system was created to easily allow David to modify all of the content himself.

Project Highlight

Working with a new Graphic Designer and client, and everyone being thrilled with the results.

Brief

Create a site that surpassed all other competitor sites in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. The site would need to help establish the business, convey a professional image, and help with business functions as much as possible to bring real business value.

Solution

Without full control of the design it was hard to surpass the competition aesthetically. However, the site was still well received due to the large feature-set we managed to implement, some of the more prominent ones include:
- Integration with the Administrate platform
- Custom course listing sliders and booking forms
- Custom course search engine
- A completely bespoke ‘Trainee Management System’ with sortable, modifiable tables, editable by uploading CSV files, downloadable records and more.

Project Highlight

Greatly reducing the workload for both i2-Training staff and their customers when it comes to tracking trainees and allowing them to book courses.

Brief

After having a web-store for 3 years and selling nothing on-line, Defibrillator Warehouse approached me for some consultation. After explaining the issues with their current solution, I was tasked with designing, building, and marketing a new site.

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Solution

A Magento e-commerce store for great usability and good SEO, an instant chat facility to increase customer feedback and communication, Google AdWords PPC/PLA campaigns and email marketing to promote the new store. All leading to 3,598 new visitors and over £20,000 in sales within 60 days.

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Project Highlight

Helping drive revenue from £0 to £10,000/month.

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Brief

I was asked what the options were for developing a website similar to Monster.com or Reed.co.uk for a new recruitment consultant company. The site needed to be easily editable, enable the owners to list vacancies and receive CV’s, as well as allowing users to search the job database and apply on-line.

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Solution

I created 3 proposals of varying specifications for Eden Lea to choose from, and created wire-frames for the designers to use enabling us to deliver the project efficiently, giving Eden Lea a feature packed site for a lot less than they expected.

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Project Highlight

Providing a system which really helps Eden Lea’s core business.

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Brief

I was commissioned by a local IT company to design and develop a cross-platform app for their clients Exceed UK. Exceed train Hewlett Packard’s American and European sales-teams, and the app needed to help them achieve greater efficiencies.

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Solution

The app went through several revisions, allowing Exceed UK and Hewlett Packard to tailor it to their needs. The final product had several major functions: Trackable video training section, a meeting planner, an updateable tips section, and cloud printing.

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Project Highlight

Enabling Exceed to regularly add content to the App themselves.

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Brief

I was hired again by the visionary DUO to build a pixel-perfect version of their awesome design for a London-based social engagement agency.

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Solution

The site utilises a lot of the latest web-standards, using poly-fills to make up for lack of support in older browsers, giving all visitors a great experience.

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Project Highlight

Helping Sentient deliver their message in engaging ways.

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Brief

A graphic design company asked me to help them deliver a website for Leeds Metropolitan University who are developing a new range of short courses and want an easy way to deliver them to the public.

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Solution

The site allows Leeds Met to list new courses as they are developed along with availability, tutor information, and links to the main on-line booking section.

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Project Highlight

Creating an easy-to-use editable site for tutors to post courses on.

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Brief

Crest Medical wanted to promote their new catalogue in as many ways as possible, and give the off-site agents an easy way to get product information for customers when on the road.

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Solution

By using the existing website’s catalogue, and Magento’s in-build REST application programming interface, I was able to create both an Android and iPhone app in just several days. The app is a rapid way of navigating through the products whilst not at a computer.

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Project Highlight

Utilising existing services to reduce time and cost for the client.

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Brief

After using me for their core business site, Crest wanted to re-vamp their logistics division, with a fresh modern website and some modern media elements. Its primary focus was to attract new clients so it needed to rank well for ‘third party logistics’, a very competitive term.

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Solution

I delivered a responsive, metro-style website, animated introduction video, two service explanation videos, and an order-tracking section to allow customers to track UK Mail parcels through the website. The SEO & PPC campaigns attracted several new clients, and consistantly ranked in the top 3 Gooogle results during the campaign.

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Project Highlight

Delivering the whole range of services on-time and under-budget.

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Brief

I was asked by a graphic design agency to help them develop a cutting-edge one-page scrolling website for a subsidiary of Oilon the worlds largest oil burner company. The site needed to inform concisely on the product the customer is looking for, and rank as highly as possible as quickly as possible for the new brand term ‘Oilon UK’.

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Solution

Working closely with the designers, we developed a site which contains a vast amount of information contained in only several short sections, using tabular displays and pop-up boxes to display more detailed information only when relevant. A lot of effort was put into optimising the site’s content so that it could rank well on Google for its brand term with minimal extra search engine optimisation (SEO).

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Project Highlight

Helping the worlds largest burner company enter the UK market.

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Brief

Crest Medical needed a comprehensive on-line retail solution for their members only trade website, and were considering Magento Enterprise which costs $16,000 per year for licensing and support. Before taking the plunge they contacted me for some consultation.

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Solution

After explaining the pros and cons of Magento Enterprise vs the free Magento Community edition, Crest decided to use me to deliver their new solution and provide the on-going hosting and support services. The new site reduced bounce-rates, increased returning customers, and ranks higher in search results. By utilising a custom server set-up, and core-code modifications, we achieved all the tech benefits of the Enterprise version.

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Project Highlight

Giving Crest their world-class super-fast store for much less.

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Brief

I worked together with ‘Designed by Duo‘ to deliver their vision for a fresh & funky one-page scrolling site to advertise a new data capture company’s services, in a concise manner, with a low budget and very tight schedule.

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Solution

Some hard-core coding produces some beautiful random data generation displayed as colourful hexagons on the landing page, the user can hover over these to organise them into a meaningful pattern, which is a metaphor for Captus’ service. The landing-page then clicks through to a vibrant main site.

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Project Highlight

Achieving < 10% bounce-rate due to such an engaging landing page.

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Brief

A design agency in Leeds asked me to help deliver their design for a restaurant which was re-branding and re-launching itself. The owners were keen to get on the social media wagon and wanted their facebook and twitter feeds updating on the site, as well as a blog which they could use to post news and offers.

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Solution

We chose to build the design onto the WordPress content-management-system, giving Leeds Seventeen the easiest way to update and add new content. Customers can also view and download menus on-line, which the owners can update whenever they want.

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Project Highlight

Reflecting Leeds 17’s great re-brand online.

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