The designs before where static HTML pages where updating the content was a process of having to contact the web designer. I wanted to take away this procedure and the most obvious step was to use the Wordpress platform.
This was my first time developing on the Wordpress platform, and I used the naked theme. This theme was stripped back bones, having to start from scratch. Using this theme let me learn the intricacy of the built in functions.
What I really wanted to do was to get the staff over at Tweedmill to really understand that their site is a living entity and throughout the build I kept communicating with those in the departments who where in the position to create content and supported them to this. This was the tricky part because not everyone shared the same passion, not everyone felt the need to do it. Even though Tweedmill knew that having a positive online presence was important and the process was the create content, not everyone came forward. This is not their fault.
During this build the internal staff, the person i was working alongside had changed and this effected the completion date. Till this day I am helping and supporting the new team.
Like most sites, the home page featured a banner.
I know from experience these are rarely clicked but rather impose my idea I suggested a method where regular users can switch off or hide this banner.
The idea here was to collect analytical data to prove my point.
A very quick and slim style guide, I put down the fonts and colours used for the site; a quick reference.
The site used breadcrumbs to help the user know where they are, here I wanted to create several designs.
Here is my first iteration of the sites homepage, you can see that I've haven't added a feature of where you can switch off the banner.
Communicating via email and telephone with the London based clients and again using wordpress as a platform, this had to be one of the smoothest project I worked on.
The logo had already been designed so the colour scheme was kept quite simple. The one thing I wanted to improve was my typography, I've always looked at other sites loved how typography made a site striking. With the variety of type available I went the opposite direction with a plain and simple font stack.
Another good thing aswell was that I worked with high quality photography images and they where lovely, really captured the practitioners and their therapy.
A photograph that featured all the practitioners laughing and smiling gave a really good first impression to visitors I felt and I wanted to use this on the design.
Being practical if one person had to leave then that would make the image redundant and so a new one would have been needed.
Using the great photographs again the practitioners page is one where i wanted to invite the user and not really have so much information present.
I really liked this page as it was inviting but was later dropped.
Each practitioners have their own page and this is where I wanted to really work on my typography and I'm 100% happy with how it came out.
The page was quite text heavy so I was looking for a balance using the circular frame around the practitioner to help them stand.
I'm never a fan of icons, that's a lie, I do like icons but sometimes they don't mean or they don't help aid you. If you don't understand the icon then what do you do, back it up with some text which defeats the purpose? On this occasion I used them and they worked well.