I design websites to capture the authenticity and uniqueness of my clients' projects and businesses. It begins with an idea. Collaboration...and code...make it happen. I'm passionate about the art of web design and the code used to provide a solid structure of user-friendly measures to make it a good experience for all visitors regardless of their capabilities, platform or browser. Employing the best design and ethical code practices will make a website stand out in a world of cookie cutter solutions. I believe your website should be just as unique as you are. Contact me to begin the collaboration. (You can find out more about websites, what drives them and my viewpoints on the matter at my web design blog.)
The following websites represent a cross section of the ones I've designed - some from scratch and some I have re-engineered for clients who were looking for a change. They are divided into cost categories that correspond to the complexity of the site. (Find out more about pricing on my Design and Illustration Prices page. Find out more about this website at the bottom of the page or...JUMP to it!)
WEBSITES WITH HIGHER COMPLEXITY
It isn't rocket science, but these websites have multiple features that put them in this category of higher cost. Some of the features include different background images on every page, multiple image galleries, logo design, automatic rotating image galleries, eCommerce functionality, lots of text formatting, mobile device detection, multiple image editing, lightbox galleries, etc. (My website, the one you're on right now, would fall into this category of design.)
Trudy Levy Arts
This client needed a logo and a website that could house three of her specialties - ceramics, Taiji and Reiki. Having three separate websites was not an option for her budget. She also wanted to be able to add photos and edit text herself. The answer was a hosted Wordpress site. After listening to what she wanted I began with existing code and customized functionality and design to get the look and feel she was going for. This site can be easily expanded to have more image galleries, a blog and can accommodate eCommerce when she's ready. The ability to expand an existing site so it can grow with the business is extremely important.
BioSpirit Day Spa
I modernized the code of this existing site for a variety of different browsers and also made it more appealing to the eye. To keep cost down I re-styled existing code for mobile devices using Project7 css as a framework and added features specific to my client's needs.
Faery Medicine is an eCommerce site where I sell my illustrations as cards and prints. There are different backgrounds for different sections of the website and a gallery on every page of the boutique portion. The gallery of the boutique was set up to easily accommodate more images as they are created.
Illustration & Web Design by Kristen Schwartz
This is the previous design for this very website. Now that my children's illustration portfolio is out in the real world with publishers, I am once again taking new clients, so I redesigned my website to reflect all sides of my services. There are several image galleries and different background images on each page. I wanted to cut down on the number of pages the website had, so I wrote the code for the galleries to show multiple enlargements of images within the same page.
WEBSITES WITH LESS COMPLEXITY
These websites generally have less features than the more complex websites. They are less involved to code, but not quite as basic as a plain simple website.
Let's Get Muddy
This site is housed within a free Blogger blog which gives the client control over edits. She maintains the site, writes blog posts and uses the page feature of the blog as an eCommerce area to sell her wares. This is low cost option for upkeep.
Zone for Skin Therapy
This site started out as a basic website with a more complex eCommerce functionality. Her business has since combined with another spa and I converted it to a one page informational site that directs visitors to her new location and website. The new set-up now falls under "basic website", but as seen here, it is a "less complex website."
Tahoe Distinctive Video
This site was a re-design using existing elements and code framework from the old site to keep costs down. Although he didn't need image galleries, he did need to show videos. He started with embedded Flash videos and moved to a lower bandwidth and more user-friendly option. He has also paid a lot of attention to SEO, having me update regularly to keep up with his competition. It has made a big difference in the traffic to his site.
Sometimes all you need is one page to hold your place in cyberspace to let people know you're there or maybe you need a few simple pages. All of these sites are built with expansion in mind so that more pages can be added at any time. There is no need to add more bells and whistles before it's time, but simple or basic doesn't mean ugly or boring.
This client has been doing business for a long time and it was time to have a presence on the internet. She didn't need a lot - just a little about herself and a way to get in touch. She wanted her website to have a professional yet down to earth feel. (Launching November 12, 2012.)
Mountain Marv came to me with an all too familiar story. He was paying large amounts for hosting every month, but had no traffic to his site. When he decided to change hosts, they wouldn't let him take his domain name, site or files without paying additional fees - even though he had already paid to have the site designed. He didn't need logos and lots of features. He needed a low cost solution right away. I helped him transfer his domain and then designed this ultra simple site using all the optimization that should have been used in the first place. I don't host sites and I don't hold them hostage. Instead, I enjoy empowering people with the knowledge to manage them on their own.
Shhh...it's a secret
This is a very simple one page site intended to provide clients with a way to get in touch. After setting everything up, they realized they were too busy to take on new clients. Rather than turn clients away, they decided to wait to launch the site. Stay tuned!
Working within a world of ever changing screen sizes is challenging. It wouldn't be very practical to have a different website for every screen size and though some companies do quite well having a separate website for mobile devices, the average person doesn't need to do that. There are different ways for websites to adapt to whatever screen size they are being viewed on.
This site employs a responsive design which morphs into different layouts as the screen size changes. (If you haven't already looked at how this works, grab the bottom right corner of your browser window and drag it left to watch the layout of this site change.) When I was a graphic designer for print, I always roughed out lots of designs for each project. I enjoyed looking at all the possibilities that could be had just by moving the elements around on the page. In the end, only one design could be used. I hated discarding all the rest. I think that's why I love responsive design so much. I can utilize many designs on a single page and engage the viewer in exploring the possibilities. In some respects it's a difficult way to go. The design will never be the same on screen or browser x, y and z, and it takes more time to consider the variables. Still, I enjoy this challenge and the opportunity to be more creative. The immediacy of publishing on the internet, the fluidity we can now enjoy, along with the juxtaposition of text, images and function - all created by code - are aspects that keep me loving the art of web design.
Find out more about this site in upcoming posts at my web design and illustration blog.