Building the base.
I was approached by the Scottish Basketmakers' Circle as part of their efforts to secure a designer for a new website. The old site was static, with limited avenues for user interaction, and was felt by many to be dated. Recent visual upgrades to the sites of some of their peers motivated them to take action.
They provided a brief, with a clear outline of their requirements. It must be uncomplicated to use; it had to reference the previous site in some stylist terms; it had to encourage member interaction; and lastly, it should serve as an effective hub for concentrating and attracting makers and their skills.
Shown right is the front-page of the old site.
After the successful submission of a tender document detailing all aspects of the proposed approach, the fundamentals of their design requirements were laid out. Paramount was legibility and ease-of-access; for this reason, all the old Flash menus and entry-pages were immediately discarded. The overall stylistic language of the site was maintained, with updates made to typefaces, sizes, and general visual interest. Wireframes were made, submitted, discussed, analysed, amended, and agreed upon. The complexity of the site demanded more than one page layout to be arrived at: a single-column layout, a gallery layout, a two-column layout for member profiles, and various others for pages like the library listing.