Need a sharp and professional new design? An easier way to update your content? A blog to keep in touch with your users? Better Google results? Improved accessibility? Restless Bee can help!
What I Can Do For You
- INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE AND WIREFRAMING: I've worked on large web applications, including the University of Chicago's online admissions application, and am well-versed in the practices of wireframing and interface prototyping.
- GRAPHIC AND INTERFACE DESIGN: I favor a simple, modern approach that puts the spotlight where it belongs: on your content. Need a professional look? I can do that. A fun, playful site? Sure thing. Have a look at my portfolio for examples of my design work.
- FRONT-END CODING AND DEVELOPMENT: I hand-code HTML5 and CSS3, and am as meticulous about crafting beautiful code as I am about creating gorgeous designs. I know my way around jQuery, which can be used to add rich interactivity to your site.
- CMS (CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM) AND BLOG DEVELOPMENT: I work primarily with ExpressionEngine, a system that is simultaneously powerful and user-friendly. I've also done WordPress and Movable Type implementations. Whatever the system, I'll make it easy for you to update and maintain your site content, training you thoroughly and providing a user's guide.
- MOBILE-FRIENDLY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT: Where appropriate, I practice responsive design to create sites that adapt intelligently from large monitors to small smartphone screens. More on this below.
- …AND SOME OTHER THINGS
- Search engine optimization: Restless Bee sites are coded to be Google-friendly
- Accessibility: My background as a university web designer and developer means I'm well-versed in best practices for site accessibility
- Google Analytics: I'll set up Analytics for your site so you can see who's visiting, where they're visiting from, and about 1000 other data points
Design for a Multi-Device World
Responsive design. Mobile-first. These are more than buzzwords: they describe a fundamental shift in the way websites are designed and built. Until recently, one could code a site to a fixed width, relatively confident that it would be viewed on a large monitor or laptop screen. Then came the explosion in smartphones and iPad usage. Research firm Gartner has predicted mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access devices worldwide by 2013. You risk alienating your mobile users if your site doesn't adapt to the this revolution.
Restless Bee is an example of a responsively designed site. Whether viewed on a full-sized monitor, an iPad, or a smartphone, the site adapts itself intelligently. To see this adaptiveness in action, resize your browser window and observe the changes that occur, or view the site on your smartphone. One of the key ideas behind responsive design: this is all one site, one codebase to maintain. The "mobile site" is not separate from the "full site;" it's an alternate view of the same content and images.
Is a responsively-designed site appropriate for you? We'll discuss this early on in the process, taking into account the importance of your mobile users.
Every project is unique, but here is an overview of the general steps I follow from project inception to launch: