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
eTopia Communications is a team of mobile service experts located in Toronto, Ontario. With a small team but big and small-business clients, eTopia prides themselves on comprehensive service and solutions, saving their clients huge amounts in both costs and time. This project was in collaboration with Ambit, a rising new media firm specializing in web-strategy solutions and cross-platform consumer engagement through the ideation and creation of compelling content.
The concept behind the eTopia website is an echo of the eTopia promise: “Mobile Made Easy”. Like the mantra, the website needed to be easy, too. The aesthetic, navigation, and information architecture remained clearly focused on simplicity throughout every stage of the process, creating a seamless and fully-responsive web experience.
August 12th, 2012
The Fuller Lectures Series is an amazing community-level backyard summer lectures series organized and curated by Bethany Riordan-Butterworth and Ella Fitzgerald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Starting in 2009, the Fuller Lectures have grown from a quiet backyard event to become recognized as a pivotal platform for the community to connect, share and relate. As the Fuller Lectures grows, the backyard feels smaller and smaller, and people spill into the streets to hear the lectures.
As the Center for Art Tapes’ 2012 Curators in Residence, The Fuller Lecture Series had support to take the event to the next level, organizing it’s first lectures outside of Halifax to reach other communities, and to commission a website to archive and make available documentation from past lectures. The site I built is my most responsive yet, and it really had to be. The Fuller Lectures Series organizers are busy arranging the Lectures, and that leaves little time to spend managing the website.
June 18th, 2012
The food at The GoodFork (Toronto, ON) is absolutely delicious.
This project was another collaboration with the venerable designer, Stewart Innes. Stewart did a fantastic job designing a simple but functional site that immediately communicates the high quality dishes and restaurant info. The website is warm and comfortable. The fantastic food photography (snapped by the GoodFork chefs themselves) shows off the creativity they take to their plates. Beautiful smooth menus and rotating information areas make this single-page microsite function as if it were a whole website. No loading means no waiting, just hunger.
June 5th, 2012
DeeDee’s Ice Cream has a unique mantra: the best creations come from sharing your passions as a local and global community. Many hands that go into making a great meal, all the way from the ingredients to the recipe- chocolatiers, farmers, coffee growers- enable DeeDee’s to make delightful, fresh, and always top-quality treats.
March 8th, 2012
Scott Saunders is a very active new media artist located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He develops large scale works for gallery’s and public installation, and participates in many art festivals. As a successful artist, curator, and application composer, Scott has a high output of work, and as such needed a site that could grow and expand along with this practice.