Freshly launched: two websites (and one redesign!)

March, already almost past, was my busiest web design month yet -- two new sites, and a redesign of a site I built last year. I'm really pleased with how they turned out, and the clients are thrilled as well!

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The first site I finished this month, and hands-down the prettiest one I've made yet that wasn't for a personal project of my own, was a content-rich informational site for editor Amy Smith Bell. Amy had an old site with LOTS of great content, but framed in an outdated design. I took all of her (impressive! genre-crossing!) work, broke it down into categories that were easier to digest, and gave her a clean, cool, modern design that matched the quality and caliber of her work.

The site still links through Wordpress address at the moment, but Amy will be transitioning over to her direct link in the coming weeks.

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Second spot on the dance card this month was Rachel Cardone's Red Thread Advisors website. Rachel came my way via a Seattle women's business-related Google group recommendation, and similar to my interactions with Amy, I found myself floored by the depth and scope of her work. Rachel has worked on impressive projects, consulted for the Gates Foundation, and is an all-around quality human being to boot. We pulled the content from her outdated hand-built site, delivered key information in a bold, clean, easy-to-understand design, and let her work speak for itself.

I've handed the reins over to Rachel for some final content edits, and will link back to her completed site here soon!

Last up, but certainly not least, was a quick redesign for a site I built last winter. I worked with my now-partner Barry Uhl on the launch of his project in 2014, and took some time this month to give him a basic refresh. We're prepping to map all new content for his site in order to focus on the release of his next album, The Stargazer's Bible, and I wanted a clean slate to work with in the meantime. Once we've got graphics and visual / audio assets, I'll be digging back in to both design and written content to reflect all the incredible work he's done.

If you're in need of a new site, or a redesign of something you've already set up on the web, please don't hesitate to get in touch. My rates are very reasonable, and I'd love to lend a hand on your project!

Product shoot / web design: Laura Stalions

This month's project was a bit multi-faceted: I worked with mixed-media artist Laura Stalions to build a basic online gallery that showcased the pieces she wanted to list for sale, and also did a photoshoot for the actual pieces as well. One afternoon of shooting, a few days of Wordpress immersion, and a handful of basic edits later, I launched her site.

The shoot involved a visit to Laura's home studio, to capture accurate renderings of high-gloss paintings (without the pesky glare), straight-on images of her screenprints, and my personal favorite, these hand-forged wreaths:

In addition to the work displayed, she also does commissions and custom jobs -- don't hesitate to reach out to her if you have something in mind!

New Year's Eve wedding: photobooth!

Best New Year's Eve ever? Possibly. I spent the night down on Lake Union surrounded by friends, witnessing the wedding of my boss and her partner, and running a sparkly, prop-filled photobooth (my wedding gift to them). To top it all off, we ran down to the water just as the clock struck midnight, all fireworks and KEXP blasting from the houseboats and kisses in the middle of the street.

I didn't have a camera for that last part, but here's a fraction of the photos from the booth I mentioned: