July 14th, 2014
JavaBlend, operational since 1938, is one of those favorite community spots in Halifax, and their experience shows in the quality of their product. When owner Jim Dikaios came to me looking for a redesign of the website, and a solution to end a string of bad developers and hosts, I jumped at the opportunity to make a website would not only look great, but be a breeze to manage- after all, JavaBlend is always busy, and from bean to cup, perfection takes a lot of time and attention.
The JavaBlend site is a simple, yet stylish contemporary classic design, with an integrated Shopify store with custom template. Utilizing the fantastic original photography captured from various trips to coffee suppliers around the world, full screen photograph backgrounds with responsive screen detection bring color and narrative to each page. The control of the homepage slideshow and background images is extremely easy to manage, only taking a couple of steps to be up and running with new images. The site also has the ability to link to new coffee’s or announcements with a rotating badge section.
If you have an Shopify store and are looking for a simple but powerful solution for selling your products online, give me a call!
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.
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.