April 2nd, 2014
StackStories is a charming project by writer, documentarian and radio producer, Veronica Simmonds, and was supported by the Halifax Public Libraries and Arts NovaScotia. To celebrate the historic move of the Spring Garden Library from its home of 62 years, Veronica and Katie MacKay documented the heartwarming stories of those who were impacted by the library the most.
For the website, I created an engaging interface for the 16 audio stories, based on the lively logo by AllCaps Design. With smooth shadowbox transitions, each storyteller gets their own space to speak. Utilizing the HTML5 Audio API, the user has full control over how they want to experience the media, as I created a stylish, lightweight, responsive audio player with cross browser support.
December 30th, 2013
The Historica Canada Blog was a project in collaboration with the amazing Halifax-based firm, Raised Media. When they approached me to build a WordPress-based blog for Historica Canada (formerly The Canadian Encyclopedia), I jumped at the opportunity. Raised put together a great new digital media approach for the re-branded Historica Canada, and one of the main concepts was to feature large impactful visuals- brilliant. However, we needed to pack a lot of functionality in an affordable way, so we decided to trick out a preexisting WordPress theme, Publisher, to hit the ground running.
I produced an enhanced functionality template that seamlessly handles bilingual posts, dynamic footnotes, smooth infinite scroll, custom social sharing integration, and a really cool highlight to tweet functionality. The really impressive elements are what’s under the hood, as I created a straight forward interface for all functions of the site to be easily managed. This was a great project to be a part of, and I love checking the site every day to learn more about our great country!
December 30th, 2013
Oris4 is a project produced by Raised Media, a fantastic digital media agency located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have worked with Raised on several projects in the past, and they came to me looking for a set of responsive HTML5 templates. The project was incredibly smooth, thanks to the great design produced by the team at Raised. Large infographic inspired content sections allow copy and images sit comfortably- a web developers dream. The templates I built are HTML5 responsive, employing a 12-column CSS3 layout for flexible layout options, making it easy to update and extend. All elements feature enhanced accessibility and HTML5 optimized tags to make sure that the user experience is always top-notch.
July 24th, 2013
Endura Energy is a rapidly growing solar project development company in Toronto, Ontario. They needed a website to showcase their diverse portfolio, quickly communicate their services, and create a digital space accommodating, educational and informative for a wide spectrum of client types (such as engineers, architects, building managers, farmers etc). The result is a vibrant website full of custom illustration, interesting factoids and energetic flourishes by use of animation, composition and colour, creating a digital space that is perfectly in line with the essentials of the solar industry. READ ON…
May 16th, 2013
Edna is Halifax’s new best place to grab a bite to eat- great communal atmosphere with a homey flapper style decor- the place is a hit and a welcome option to the North End. The interior is decked out with beautiful reclaimed wood and full of character. The centerpiece of the space, and the main inspiration for the site, is the communal table and focus wall. The site I created echos the comfortable and inviting atmosphere of Edna, while also capturing the lightheartedness and flair of the concept.
This micro-site format acts like a full website, but is much easier to browse and maintain. I recommend a site of this scale for many projects.
March 1st, 2013
jane’s Catering & Events is the new focus for Jane Wright, Halifax’s favorite restauranteur and owner of the beloved jane’s on the common. As the restaurant closed its doors, jane’s Catering & Events is flourishing in its own right. The jane’s brand sentiment is very high in the city, and for good reason: the food is impeccable and the experience is relaxed and professional. Jane really strives for simplicity and charm, and came to be with the unique ask of translating the brand to a new website. I created a clean, straight to the point microsite that quickly communicates all the essentials: high-quality creative food, the jane’s story, menus, and catering info. The jane’s Catering & Events website is like a dynamic flier that is incredibly easy to update and enjoyable to browse, and a perfect addition to the renowned jane’s product.
March 1st, 2013
The St. George’s YouthNet Moving Images project was a Halifax-based community arts project that inspired kids from a neighborhood in need to create community engaged artwork using alternative mediums. Facilitated by artists Ariella Pahlke and Melinda Spooner, the kids explored how to enrich their community through map making, dance, music, and video. The kids were taught that thinking outside of the box can create positive effects on the inside. They were hooked up with creative professionals from their own community to see how creativity is a road for success.
February 5th, 2013
ALL CAPS is an amazingly dynamic duo design team located in Halifax, NS. Together, we built an awesome infographic themed website to showcase their diverse services. ALL CAPS designed a layout that’s as easy to navigate as it is to work with them: ABC… 123… They created an intuitive flow to the content supported by huge links that are fun to click. My job was to make the site adapt to the user, expanding and collapsing content as they learn more- essentially pages within a page- which is a great solution for keeping a great minimalist design clean once content is introduced. This was a fun project, and I hope to have more chances to realize some of ALL CAPS web design pursuits in the future.
December 3rd, 2012
Ian Macmillan is an impressive cinematographer and filmmaker with an impressive portfolio. His talents are diverse, his approach is focused, and his visual sensibilities captivate your attention and pulls you in for the duration. Producing numerous short films, music videos, television shows and documentaries, Ian required a comfortable website that is enjoyable to spend some serious time with.
October 4th, 2012
This is the second in a series of posts explaining how to integrate and modify Shadowbox-JS with NextGen Gallery for WordPress. My first post, Integrate Shadowbox-JS with NextGen Gallery for WordPress extends Shadowbox to work with the great NextGen Gallery. These instructions will work with the Shadowbox core for any website, but I will specifically be talking about the Shadowbox-JS plugin for WordPress. Shadowbox is a smart and robust media viewing application that can seamlessly handle images, video, text, and iFrame, while remaining lightweight and easy to use.
We are all used to media being synonymous on the internet. It doesn’t matter if it’s text, images, video or audio- we expect it to just work. No longer do we need to jump through hoops with updates, plugins, and codecs to get the media we want- our browsers have everything we need, and they get more and more robust with each iteration. Looking through my portfolio, you’ll see that I make a lot of websites for visual artists, musicians, retailers and restaurants. In most cases, there’s a need for a gallery feature somewhere, and I find it redundant to have to consider your images and video separately. The goal of this tutorial is to treat images and video as one in the same, and in particular, incorporate video’s into the thumbnail gallery feature of NextGen Gallery for WordPress. READ ON…
September 30th, 2012
The Elwins are an fantastic rock-pop outfit based in Toronto. Their music is like the sun even on the rainiest of days; always fun, and beautifully composed with killer hooks that get stuck in your head and your hips. Their newest album, And I Thank You, has been released to wide-spread critical acclaim, and as they promote the record they needed a solid website to engage fans. This is my third project with designer, Stewart Innes, and again he’s knocked it out of the park, creating a site that perfectly reflects the sunny smooth pop-infused music of The Elwins.
September 5th, 2012
Meantime is Greenwich is an augmented reality project by artist David Clark, with support from the Halifax Regional Municipality. The project consists of 24 sundials located throughout the Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each sundial is paired with a narrative inspired by Sir Sandford Fleming, the “Father of Time”, surrounding the mysterious nature of time. With aid of an iPhone, viewers can download the Meantime in Greenwich app from the App Store and experience an engaging non-linear audio visual narrative throughout the park.