Here is some of my recent work:
Magipics, a business that makes wonderful science animations and illustrations for medical and engineering clients, wanted to update their website to give it a modern look and feel. They also wanted to make their site more functional, especially on mobile devices.
I built the website on the WordPress platform, and set up a blog so Magipics can easily share their work on social media, to enhance their marketing strategy.
Magipics has a large number of videos and images on their site, and that will grow, so I have given the site an easy-to-follow structure that will keep visitors confident while browsing the site, now and into the future.
Overcoming Parental Alienation
Psychologist Stan Korosi’s WordPress website had been going for some time, and he wanted to give it a makeover, to make it more accessible for visitors, more functional, and easier for him to use.
We chose a professional yet friendly look, as his readers range from professionals in his field to people in distress.
I set up his blog so it works really well – a blog is a great way for him to share his material as readers can share his posts on social media.
The site is responsive to screen size, with the elements changing size and shifting around to suit different devices, and the menu changing to a dropdown on phones.
“I chose Robin to develop my website because she made it a point of not just understanding my business but in gaining a broader and deeper appreciation of the social impact and change I was trying to facilitate. She is engaging, enquiring, rigorous, thoughtful and creative and helped (made) me think outside ‘my own square’. I ended up with more than a website and more than a business, more like an engine for social change in which our respective passions are reflected.” – Stan Korosi, Overcoming Parental Alienation (website)
Wayne is an artist and photographer returning to his art after many years away from it, and he wanted a humble space to showcase some of his work.
A WordPress site suits him beautifully because he can upload new images to the gallery himself, without contacting (and paying) a webmaster. He simply logs into the admin section of his site and heads to the ‘upload images’ section under ‘Gallery’.
We chose a simple black look with green-gold touches, and are using an image gallery that loads images quickly and showcases each image with a lightbox effect.
On phones the menu becomes a dropdown, making it easy to find the pages.
“Robin did a fantastic job with our website. She talked us through her ideas and ensured she incorporated ours into a visually appealing and impressive band website. We have been able to use it effectively as our main tool to help us to book gigs. When we direct potential venues and bookers to the site, it’s clear from its professionalism and content that we are a band worth booking. Thanks Robin.” – Katie Tucker, Zinnia Blue (website)
Music duo Zinnia Blue (Katie and Matt) wanted a creative, original website that reflected their sensitive acoustic music, so we chose the delicate look of pastel blue and transparency, while making the site easy to read (a feature that is often sadly lacking on musician websites).
Katie and Matt can put up new shows with an easy-to-use panel in their site admin area, the shows then appear on the Shows page and also on the front page and in sidebars.
The site also has a properly implemented blog. A blog helps artists communicate with their website visitors and can potentially bring them new fans, through other bloggers and from people out there on the internet searching for something.
“Robin Birch is the Webmaster of the FG4LM web presence. She did a great job at designing and maintaining the site. It has been vital in keeping the community informed about the issues and threats surrounding Live music. She did a fantastic job of not only making the site look good but in structuring it logically so that relevant information can be found easily. Well done Robin.” – Jon Perring, Convener of FairGo4LiveMusic (website)
Fair Go 4 Live Music
Fair Go 4 Live Music needed a website that made it easy for people searching for vital information to find what they were looking for.
We decided on a magazine-style layout, and I implemented a clear menu structure.
WordPress is a great choice for ‘Fair Go’, as they can log in themselves and update pages and even add new pages as new items such as economics reports, campaign developments and law changes come to hand.
To add a page they log in, go to ‘Add New’ in the Pages section, drop in their text and hit Publish. Then they head to the menu panel and add the new page to their menu. Done.