Posts tagged “website design

Quick catch-up

Still here folks,  just been super busy and not had a chance to update my site. Been pretty active around the web though, so plenty for you to see (and get caught up on if you missed it) -just follow the Twitter link.

Almost finished my postgrad  Multimedia and Web Authoring course. Can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. Learned some new stuff which is good – .Net, Flash/ActionScript, Silverlight and shored up my Javascript knowledge too.

Also, been doing some design-y stuff in my free time. Will get all of them uploaded here ASAP, along with my Uni projects if I can find somewhere to host them.

So, yep, that’s it for now. Expect some work posts to go up in the next week or so, when I get some time off from Uni assignments.
In the meantime there’s always Twitter and Tumblr to keep up to date.

Ciao for now.

A


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Reachout With Arts in Mind Website

Reachout with Arts in Mind Home Page

Company: Reachout With Arts In Mind, Alloa

Task: Website design, implementation and maintenance

Technologies: WordPress, CSS, HTML, Photoshop/GIMP, Facebook

Dates: March 2010 – Present

Reachout With Arts in Mind is a members-led arts group catering for those affected by mental health issues. In the last year or so, they – along with many other voluntary sector groups – have been affected by the economic conditions and are now converting to a social enterprise.  It is hoped that this move make them less dependent on external funding and allow them to continue providing a vital service to local people.

I was brought in as an IT volunteer. I noticed the opportunity for wider promotion through online exposure. They had a website, however it was very basic and long neglected.

This new website is a hosted WordPress.com blog. Despite being “out of the box”, it meets Reachout’s current requirements, which are to promote the project and keep people up to date with workshops and events being held at the base. I needed a system which was easy for people with no website maintenance experience to update, hence WordPress with its excellently intuitive CMS/back-end seemed like a perfect solution.

The site is based on the same free WordPress theme (Mystique) as my personal website, with a custom background image and header banner.

To further expand Reachout’s web-presence, I also set up a Facebook page to target the large number of members already using the social network. This has served as an excellent message board for quick updates, sharing pictures and for bringing members together. The website is directly linked to Facebook and vice-versa so people are never left out of the loop.

This is an ongoing project, as I am still in charge of updating the site and general maintenance. I will train the Reachout staff how to do this in the near future.