Bristol Ground School asked me to rethink their Wings Alliance site. I’m really pleased with the slick minimalist look, and subtle interactive css animations on this site.

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I recently started playing Disc Golf and came across a site selling discs in the UK. It was terrible and barely worked, so I offered to build a basic e-commerce site in exchange for some store credit! Such are the benefits of being self-employed.

I actually learned a lot about discs whilst building this site.

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discgolfuk

English Weather are a very very posh knitwear company. Most of their products are 100% cashmere or 100% silk knitwear. I didn’t even know you could knit with silk!

This website was designed by Cherry Goddard for iTransact, and built and maintained by me. Cherry works exclusively in Illustrator, which is unusual for a web designer, and is probably due to the fact that she usually designs for print.

The website is beautifully simple, allowing the products to speak for themselves.

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englishweather

Project managed by iTransact

Interflow are the UK suppliers of various high end stainless steel products to the building industry, for example kitchen drainage ducts and air ventilation systems. Their products are installed in the kitchens at both Buckingham Palace and the House of Commons!

I rebuilt their website from a previous design that needed to be converted to become responsive and also required WordPress as the backend CMS.

Website: interflow.co.uk 
Website removed as Chairman/owner retired.

interflow

This is a website to accompany Flavour magazine which has two versions, one for Bristol and the South West, and the other for London.

I designed, built and now maintain this website. We add a dozen articles every month, which really helps with Google ranking, especially as the content is well written and interesting. We get over 2,000 hits a month!

Created for Greenpark Publishing.
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Flavour

The client wanted a ‘fun yet professional’ design – they organise private parties and work do’s, mainly in London. They have working relationships with hundreds of bars, clubs and venues.

I designed the website with a lot of guidance from the client – they had a pretty clear idea of what they wanted. I also built the Drupal templates and regularly do small maintenance jobs, although obviously the client is able to add, promote and update the venue listings.

This website uses Drupal CMS.

Website link: crazycowevents.co.uk

This project was managed by iTransact

I didn’t build or design this website, but I’m now responsible for maintaining it.

It’s a double edged sword updating somebody else’s code – on the one hand you have to try to understand what the hell was going on in some coffee crazed programmer’s mind when they were probably late for a deadline and just pushed the work out, on the other hand you almost always learn a trick or two which you weren’t previously aware of.

I have to admit, the company who built this website really knew what they were doing – they labelled and commented everything exceptionally well so that it really was a pleasure to take over where they left off.

Link to website: complete-coherence.com

This project is managed by iTransact

Bristol Ground School teach pilots all they need to know before they get anywhere near a cockpit. Unlike other professions, becoming a pilot requires a lot of learning before you get any experience.

This company is all ex-RAF and everything is executed with military precision. If you’ve ever worked with anybody who has been through RAF training, you’ll know they have certain ways of doing things.

I first worked for Bristol Ground School in 2010 as a technical illustrator, but nowadays I also maintain their website, and recently rebuilt it.

For the redesign, I was given a fairly loose brief. One of the benefits of working with a client for this long is that we both know what to expect. I went for simplicity with a nice amount of animated mouse over effects. I also encouraged them to add photos of people to the site (they had none) as well as a few images of the product – which is hard as essentially they sell courses and manuals. We managed to source a few nice stock images but most importantly we got alumni students to send in images of themselves in their new jobs or flying aeroplanes.

Here’s some of the features that I have built into this website

ShopThis site deals with a £100,000.00 monthly turnover through WooCommerce. The website takes payment from credit cards and handles the distribution of manuals all over the world, it calculates the different costs of postage based on the combined weight of the manuals, and the destination address, it also keeps an eye on stock quantities so that we don’t sell what we don’t have available.

Events: The school runs week long ‘refresher‘ courses on site which they are booked online. The availability and communication is all done through the website. We manage the dates and maximum student quantity through a plugin called Event Espresso.

Accommodation: We keep a listing of local accommodation suitable for the students, which they’re able to review and rate themselves.

Partner Orders:  This ‘private’ section is one of the most important parts of the website, as the Partner Schools order in bulk. Each Partner School has a personal log in which allows them to order specific products depending on the agreement they have with BGS. The orders are large and complicated, and it’s taken us a while to streamline this process, especially when many of the customers are either not tech savvy or speak English as a second language.

Showcase: The website has embedded videos and an animated pdf brochure to show how great their course materials are.

Training Videos: Since COVID, the school started offering their classes live online and in a vast online library. This collection of over 230 videos (only accessible to students) are categorised into subjects and licence types, and each one has a set of meta data to help students find what they’re looking for. I worked collaboratively with BGS to get a system that both they and the students love using.

 

 

 

www.bristol.gs

 

This is a hard one for me.. Jongleurs are among my most famous clients. I came up with the original design, and built the website, but the client required so many changes and hacks (including the use of ‘frames’!) that I no longer felt that the site was my design.

In the end, the client is always right.

This project was managed by iTransact We have maintained the Jongleurs website since 2001, although the design has since changed and been outsourced.