Websites (design)In recent years I've moved more into server software development, which has influenced the way in which I design some websites. As well as designing bespoke sites in the normal way, whenever I can I like to create the designs as templates. This allows for a much more flexible approach to getting a website up and running, and keeping it up to date.
The Template SystemThe template system I designed for Freedom2 means that each style can have a number of colour schemes applied to them, rather than having to list different colour variations as completely new templates. So although there's around 20 different designs in use on this server (where the system was first developed), one design has over 100 different colours schemes associated with it!
Obviously I don't sit down and manually edit images and text files over a hundred times, I also developed other tools that can take simple 16 colour palettes created using some of my previous programs - HTML³, my HTML editor, and the later palette editors that project spawned - and generate the necessary colour files and images. Sites can be designed in greyscale or a split colour/grey palette for sites that need subtle shadows etc., and from the 16 colour palettes I can output 256 colour GIFs with spread palettes, 128/128 split palettes, inverted video styles or apply maths to the palette to make it more subtle. The template system allows the user to switch colours or templates at any time without losing any information, so they can try out new looks, change the colour on special days, or just upgrade to a new template at a later date.
Random SitesA few websites I've designed or been involved in. By no means exhaustive!
Total Lady Party
I've been involved in design and hosting for DUFFNOTE Records, including some of their other labels such as Minicoola, and one of the director's sites (MattGray.co.uk). Seeing as, when they started out, they were a struggling independant record label specialising in that noisy dance type music all the young people seem to enjoy these days, I was a little flexible in my payment scheme - I asked for a copy of their first vinyl pressing. Not that I can play it, what with it being an actual record instead of a shiny CD or an MP3, but maybe when they're filthy rich and famous...
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