Well, TFW it's been so long since you updated your blog that some of your portfolio sites aren't online any more!
Where to begin? Since May 2019 I've given up the freelance life and gone full time at Cleveland Cable Company. Plenty of design and dev work has been done, including (but not limited to) our current website, display stands, brochures, documents, logos. Currently, I'm hip deep in developing a new e-commerce site, for launch soon...
The three month furlough lots of us endured due to the covid-19 pandemic was, interesting, to say the least. It's been fascinating to see how the web industry has been effected, with no end in site. I very much hope colleagues and clients I've lost touch with have survived unscathed, still standing, still engaged in high quality web projects.
Hopefully, my next update won't be 2.5 years in the making. No promises though!
This past year's focus was ongoing work on many existing projects.
The Sauze Online shops had a ton of work done to them - more tweaks to the responsive layouts, addition of Apple Pay support and plenty of quality-of-life amends after thorough testing across a busy ski season.
Henny Penny Hen Houses moved hosts earlier in 2018, and there should be updates to Fine Orient and Andorra Resorts rolling out later this summer.
Well, three years is a record for me. It's a running joke in the industry that designers and developers rarely get the chance to site down and work on new versions of their own sites but, even so, three years is a bit much!
In reality, I was spurred on to create a new design for my site by the fact that Google is now calling out sites that don't work on mobile platforms. I've been doing lots of jobs where the client has asked for the site to be responsive, so at the very least I had to make my site match up.
Work wise, I've been pretty much locked into developing new versions of older sites, with the bulk of last year being spent on the Andorra Resorts info site and the Sauze Online shops. Both of them are responsive, work extremely well on mobiles/pads and do funky stuff with rewritten urls.
Drop me a line if you like how they work and would like something similar producing.
Some new sites to publicise:
SCM Turbo - Automotive parts site, designed by Clayton Creative, developed by me. Items of note: AJAX parts search, Bootstrap scaling layout for multiple platforms, custom SEO-friendly urls functionality
BOPA - community organisation website, designed and developed by me. Items of note: Bootstrap scaling layout, custom SEO-friendly urls functionality.