And they also wanted a stock control system for themselves and their clients. This would allow then to manage all their stock, and assign certain stock to certain clients. Their clients would have their own login to the system, and be able to make withdrawals. A complicated system, and they wanted it yesterday.
The Bravado Promotions Stock Control System
The brief for Dot-gap was to take their search-engine unfriendly, un-content-manageable Flash heavy website and rebuild it. The result was a site almost indistinguishable from the full-Flash original, but with much more flexibility and a full back end content management system. The expanding nav system was particularly fun/time-consuming/frustrating to build - all worth it though for the joy of watching it in action
You can check the site out here: Dot-gap.com
In January 2006 Carat asked for an update to their Project Britain microsite, this time taking up the theme of singledom. I was happy to dust of my copy of Flash and serve up some more animations. I was particularly happy with the animation for “Segmenting Singletons” which I produced with just my digital camera, a satsuma and a copy of Adobe After Effects.
Want to see the satsuma segments move? You can check it out here: Carat Singledom Microsite
Actually quite relaxing after the launch of simplifydiy.com was a corporate brochure site for the lawyers Lavery Kirby Gilmartin. The site is online here, pretty much unchanged from when it launched: http://www.laverykirby.ie
After 9 months in development the simplifydiy.com site finally launches. A simply huge site, with some incredible functionality and fantastic original content, it was (and still is) great fun to work on.
Go check out the site. Browse through the content, search for a plumber near you, add yourself to the directory. It’s fun!
Another chance for me to flex my designer muscle here, this time in Flash. I even got to do a bit of 3D in animating the Project Britain camera man across the screen. The graffiti wall is actually from a photo I took in Barcelona, with the Project Britain logo cunningly photoshoped over.
The Project Britain Camera Man
The site is still online today so you can check it out here: Project Bitain - a microsite for Carat
Following the success of their site redesign, Pitch Invasion asked me to move all their administrative function into a private backend system. This would allow them to manage all their league fixtures, results, payments, players, teams and a myriad of other details via a central system. Quite a task, but completed more-or-less on schedule in October 2003.
No screenshots for this one, but I wanted to include it in the archive nonetheless as it was quite a milestone for me.
I was very pleased as a fresh young designer to get to work on a microsite for Carat. Not only was it the biggest company I had yet (and since, actually) worked for, it was also an opportunity to shine design-wise. They wanted something slick and sexy. Something design-y. Obviously, I was pleased to deliver.
It had to look cool
Looking back over this, I bet Carat wish they had got me to do their current site too (re-designed 2007).
The new face of Pitch Invasion - arriving in March 2003 - was my first solo project as a freelancer. I massively underestimated the amount of time it would take me. Actually, I still do that, but with little personal experience of the web designers best friend - project creep - I got it massively wrong back then. Still, Pitch Invasion got a good deal and were happy.
The link is here: Pitch Invasion back in March 2003
The Pitch Invasion website logo in 2003
Now I can't take credit for the general design of the site - that accolade goes to Andreus at Scopec. However, I was responsible for planning the redesign along with Andreus and for filling the site with content. And then managing everything on a daily basis.
But working for a video game guide company isn't all fun - as well as playing games, I had to manage serious fan artwork competitions
The internet archive has a decent copy of the site from back then: authorisedcollection.com in 2002
Or you can check out the current site (which I had absolutely nothing to do with)