I design customized websites and online solutions for clients worldwide
When it comes to website design, the trick is to create an aesthetic experience that prioritizes users' needs and delivers results
Full-service web design for one of New Zealand's most successful luxury yacht brokers
I'm a published designer and have been making websites for over 15 years. To simplify workflows and improve efficiencies, I generally stick with proven tools and methodologies that for the most part are free and have been around for ages.
Photoshop has been my design software of choice ever since I got started. Nothing else comes close.
A good text editor is indispensable, and SciTE is the best I've come across. No nonsense, no frills. It just gets the job done.
Designed specifically for developers, Google's Canary browser offers all the tools needed for a fully-fledged testing environment.
Blisk is another browser aimed at developers. Its split screen mode enables simultaneous testing across a range of popular devices.
It depends on how uniform or consistent the products are, but 7-10K USD would be a conservative estimate. This assumes the client manages product photography, video production, product descriptions, site content, hosting and domain name costs, and any API subscriptions.
The fee would include icon/logo design and other original artwork, wireframe development, coding and programming, and comprehensive testing across Windows, Mac, Android and IOS devices.
Designing a website from scratch can sometimes be easier and quicker than overhauling an existing site. If the client has clear ideas about what's needed, and is able to provide all necessary photos, video, written content and artwork, 1-3 months is a good estimate.
Large projects with customized content management systems can take up to 6 months or more. Usability testing can also add a few weeks or so to the schedule.
I've not won any awards, but a design I submitted to CSS Zen Garden was published. Of all the many website design galleries that have come and gone, CSS Zen Garden is easily the best known and most influential.
The site was set up around 2003 with the goal of popularizing CSS – a website design language invented at the CERN Research Labs in Geneva (which was where Sir Tim Berners-Lee was working when he conceived the protocols necessary to create the internet).
My submission to CSS Zen Garden was accepted as an official design at the end of 2005. As well as generating a huge amount of attention in blog posts and online magazines, screenshots of it were published in about half a dozen books. It's thanks to this success that I got started as a website designer.
Most of my content creation work is for clients, but I've also started this blog and write about typography and design, NASA, TV shows and cinema.
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