GHA Website Refresh Proposal 2009

Last year I was tasked with creating a site redesign for Glenn Howells Architects. Unfortunately due to budget constraints and redundancy, this work was never completed by myself, however this page will give you an insight into my proposals for the new site, including graphic design, navigation, and layout. The site had not be upgraded for almost three years, and the fixed frame approach was looking tired and was starting to pose too many constraints, especially in the projects section (see below).

Current Site: Project Page

Current Site: Project Page & Project Info

It had been proposed that the project section needed ‘fleshing out’. The project information needed more detail and would be rewritten and broken down into four sub sections: Overview, Concept, Design, Construction. It was also a requirement to allow more images per project. I suggested that images could also fit and follow the four proposed sub sections. I also proposed that a video interview should be added in order to better convey the architect’s passion and thoughts on a project. The client also wanted the option for the user to be able to download a print version PDF of each project page. I also thought it was important for the user to be able to keyword search a project page. Through further discussion it was felt that a scroll site, rather than the current fixed frame approach would be the best approach and would also be flexible enough to allow changes or additions to the site over time. I also felt the present navigation needed more thought and visual feedback to allow a better user experience. I started with this section first, and came out with the following concept designs. Click the thumbnails to see at the proposed size. I also created a simple prototype to show the client how the video would play. Video Demo>

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Intranet Site Concept

These concepts were created in Photoshop, to show the screen layout and the menu system. The final site would have been built in flash, but unfortunately the project didn’t get past the concept stage.

The screen layout consisted of a large background image and a menu system that expanded from left to right. At anytime the menu could be hidden to see the image. Below are a couple of sample screen layouts.

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Giorgio-Art: Design & Build

For this artist’s website, I wanted a design that really complemented the artwork. All the initial art working was produced using Photoshop. I decided to try and steer clear of a Flash site, and built the whole site in HTML using Dreamweaver. This site is still in progress as the only the Canvas section of the Artwork has been fully implemented.

The other pieces of artwork are displayed when the user rolls over the square grid in the lower right of the frame.

Please visit the site to see how this works: www.giorgio-art.co.uk