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Website Roundup February 18th, 2011
Not much to report this month i’m afraid, it’s far too early in the year for anything exciting. Plus our central heatings been on the blink since before Christmas and I find it hard to motivate myself when i’m freezing cold. Work wise i’m not doing anything postable sadly due to the nature of the new job – although I’m currently working on my first mobile web app so hopefully i’ll be able to put up a link to that at some point.
Anyway – with that in mind i’m posting a couple of sites i’ve worked on that have gone live recently. The first one is the Asteral web site which i completed just before I left The Crocodile and which, for some reason, has only recently gone live.
The Asteral site is built in Expression Engine and incorporates 3 levels of navigation, which was quite tricky to acheive. It also utilises the indispensible Freeform plugin to incorporate a contact form and newsletter sign-up.
The second site is a smaller site I designed and built for a London based Bathroom company (called, fittingly, London bathrooms). I also created the London Bathrooms logo, which featured in a recent post.
This is a fairly standard small site with information about the company, some work samples and testimonials and a contact form. Which you should definately use if you need a Bathroom fitted in London (or the surrounding area).
Since spring is already in the air I’m hoping the next post will be a total break from the norm and be about the landscaping of my garden which I started last year and which ground to a halt over winter. Not just a one trick pony!
Anyway, it’s been a pleasure as always.
EMC xCP Documentum October 26th, 2010
Another dry spell there, I really need to get back in the posting habit. Maybe with the evenings drawing in it’ll be easier. Anyway, here’s something new – A Flash micro site to promote EMC’s xCP Documentum software. The site is built for Flash player 9.0 and is coded in Actionscript 3.0.
There’s all sorts of delights going on in the background and this was a great site to do to get my Flash skills back up to scratch – the content is all driven by an XML back end, from links and assets (images, videos etc.), to the site copy. This meant all the content areas and buttons had to be expandable (to a point at least, I could only be as flexible as the design). This also meant that the language of the site could be easily changed allowing for roll out in multiple countries. By setting a language variable in the XML the flash movie will dynamically load in and embed the correct font and character set (using a class written by my predecessor at The Crocodile).
This was a pretty hardcore re-introduction to Flash after a long absence but it was kind of fun to build and really allowed me to expand my Flash skills so all well worthwhile.
Hopefully the next Scriptic installment will be something downloadable and scripty as I only seem to post websites these days. Untill then bye bye!
Greener Journeys site August 4th, 2010
A massive gap between posts there for which I apologise. It has been a busy couple of months for me though. At the end of June i said a tearful farewell to my colleagues at Anywhichway and moved onto pastures new. As of July i have taken up the post of Contracting Developer at The Crocodile, but more about them later. This post is about my final project at Anywhichway (which actually went live shortly after I left – compounding the delay on this post).
Greener Journeys is a campaign website aimed at encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto buses and coaches. The site contains loads of information on the cause, who’s involved in it and how they’re going about achieving their goals.
The site is built in Expression Engine – version 1.6 as sadly version 2 had not come out of beta when we started development. The site is fairly straight forward, content wise, and uses mostly static page types. There is, however, a news and events section, both of which automatically archive content, and a password protected ‘user resources’ area with downloadable goodies. Site pages also display related pages and documents on the site and the home page displays the latest news stories.
This is a really nice looking site (designed by the creatives at AWW of course) and was a great project to end on. See you around guys, i’ll miss you…
Flash Notice Maker May 17th, 2010
Evening all – since it’s been a while since i posted (busy busy – Mayday Network Phase II in full swing) – I thought i’d have a trawl through the archives and see what I could find. Here’s what I came up with, a Flash notice maker I made for a client a few months ago (quickly re-branded ).
This one’s AS3 and can be used to create notices while maintaining the corporate format. Put in your title and body copy (the text will resize to fit), hit print and out of your printer will pop a beautifully formatted notice, corporate font and colours intact, in a handy, print friendly A4. It also adds a little ‘created on…’ tag to try and avoid out of date notices floating about everywhere.
Here’s the file – usual rules apply – credit me if you’re feeling generous. And if you feel like improving it (I’ll hold my hands up – the text resize can be a little fiddly) do so and send me the file.
Mayday Network site launch April 19th, 2010
This week, after a month of hard work, late nights and gnashing of teeth, The Mayday Network website finally went live. A social network aimed at businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint and do other good environmentally things, the site is entirely built and updated in Drupal. The website was designed by Anywhichway and I was responsible for initial front end template build and subsequent Drupal theming.
The site, currently in phase 1, has member profiles, news feeds and events listings with member sign up functionality. It’s main draw at this stage is ‘The Journey’ a tool that helps guide members, step by step, through their own ‘low carbon journey’. Members are able to tick off steps as they go and periodically upload stories of their progress for other users to see.
A great deal was acheived in a short time here so well done to everyone involved and thanks for putting in the hours .