I design websites to capture the feeing of my clients' unique projects and businesses. It begins with a bit of brainstorming. Collaboration...and a whole lot of code...make it happen. The following websites represent a cross section of the ones I've designed. (Find out about pricing on my Design and Illustration Prices page and more about this website at the bottom of the page) Your website should be just as unique as you are. Contact me to begin the collaboration.
There are pros and cons to having a WordPress website, but for those who need to update information frequently or run a blog on their sites, WordPress can be just the right platform.
Aspen Hollow Landscape Nursery
Aspen Hollow needed a website to reflect their landscaping philosophy and design aesthetics. They also needed the ability to update it themselves to keep their customers filled in on their weekly gardening events. The answer was a customized Wordpress site with photo gallery. The site is responsive to whatever device it is being viewed on and Aspen Hollow can expand functionality as needed.
Trudy Levy Arts
Trudy Levy Arts needed a logo and a website that could house her three specialties — ceramics, Taiji and Reiki because having three separate websites was not an option for her budget or her busy life. 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 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 her site so it could grow with her business was an important aspect of this project.
Tahoe Distinctive Video
Howard Coleman of Tahoe Distinctive Video has been my client for quite a few years now .I started out making improvements to his site with a light redesign and code improvements. He has since paid a lot of attention to search engine optimization, having me update regularly to keep up with his competition. It has made a big difference in the traffic to his site. This year he had me do a full re-design to better reflect his business as it is now. His site now adapts to the size of any device it is viewed on. It has been a pleasure to watch his business change over the years and he has done a fantastic job paying attention to changing technology.
TRADITIONAL WEBSITES (NON-WORDPRESS)
Not everyone wants to pay the added expense of having a WordPress site created or to spend the time learning their way around a system to do their own website updates. For those people, a traditional website, one that isn't WordPress, is the way to go.
BioSpirit Day Spa
BioSpirit is a longtime client of mine. Last year I did a full remodel and also re-wrote the code to make the site work on any size screen. I do regular search engine optimization (SEO) for BioSpirit and it really shows in the number of people that come to their Tahoe spa from initially going to their website. BioSpirit's dedication to being the best they can be is inspiring.
Trav is top notch at what she does and has been doing business for a long time. 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 be professional yet down to earth — just the way she is.
Faery Medicine is my eCommerce site where I sell my past 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. The old design had 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.
Shhh...it's a secret
This is a very simple one page site intended to provide clients with a way to get in touch with PreVail Engineering. 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!
When a business is just beginning or is still small, the budget might also be small. Paying for hosting might be more feasible down the road. Thankfully it is possible to buy a domain and host it for free as a blogsite. Once things begin to roll, it can be transferred to regular webhosting...or not...
Let's Get Muddy
Determined to bust through multiple life changing events and an iffy economy, gutsy potter, Barbara Wesson needed a blogsite to convey her views and sell her pottery without the added expense of hosting costs. The solution I came up with was a custom Blogspot site with links to her shops on Etsy and Ebay and direct sales on her blogsite through Paypal. She can update anytime she needs to and the site reflects her unique personality while showcasing her beautiful pottery.
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 and you're on a desktop/laptop, grab the bottom right corner of your browser window and drag it left to watch the layout of the 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 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.