Jenna Butler is a scholar, poet, teacher, and eco-critic, and homesteads in northern Alberta. Her off-grid experience the resonates with my own early childhood back-to-the-land experience in rural Nova Scotia, thinking about resilience and resourcefulness and connection to landscape. I had the pleasure of creating a website for her this summer, in advance of the launch of her latest book, Magnetic North, which draws on her adventures aboard a schooner in the far north of Norway. Inspiring!
I had the pleasure of creating a fresh new website for publishers Wolsak & Wynn of Hamilton, launched in January of 2018. This indie publishing company had an existing website and database that was a challenge for them to upate, and while it had an online purchasing tool, this too was not comfortable to use. The site felt static and dated, and did not adequately highlight the gorgeous, award-winning cover art this publisher is putting out in the world.
Our solution was a hybrid site, really two sites built on two platforms: a main information site built on Squarespace, for news, events, and a complete list of authors; and a commerce site built on Shopify which makes all of their current books in print available for purchase online. While Squarespace does offer e-commerce on their platform, Shopify is far more robust and flexible, with customizable shipping options and deep ROI and accounting tools. The challenge as a designer was to make both sites look and feel — and function — as one.
I chose a bright and cheerful colour palette which sings with the vivid and varied cover designs coming out of the press. Working with alternating solid colour and white page backgrounds keeps things lively to look without setting up design complications between the two sites. Because the two platforms have very different design constraints, simplicity was key.
Book buyers and perusers report ease of navigation, search, and use, and book sales are up! A successful and satisfying project all around.
I am proud to present this portfolio site for the extraordinary performance artist Misha Horacek. This is the second time we have collaborated on a website to showcase her work — the first version was one of the first websites I designed with Visual Creative in 2005.
Misha's work has evolved and elaborated through durational and site specific research and performance in the past decade, an MFA in England and training at the Tamalpa Institute in California. Have a look — the work is better seen than described! This site incorporates stills, video, writing and artwork.
Watch for upcoming workshops — Misha and I are looking at a collaboration near winter solstice 2018 in Toronto, which will draw upon the transformational power of art and movement practices (did you know I'm a yoga teacher?). Sign up for Misha's newsletter to stay up to date with this and other workshops and events.
I met Laure Baudot five years ago in a writing workshop (Zen poetics meet creative fiction, no less). I am thrilled to launch this website to promote her work and her first collection of short stories to be published by Cormorant Books in May 2018. The website was a delightful, creative co-creation, with the gorgeous addition of works by Guy Demun of France, and Abraham Murley of Philadelphia (also a client). I can't wait to read these stories!
Hamilton author Nairne Holtz has a new book out, on sale this month — November 2017. She wanted a minimal but playful design with an "instagram or facebook wall" layout, more graphic than text based. I had fun working with type and colour in this boxy framework. A palette of colour blocks unified by tone helps hold together graphics created for the author by a diverse group of artists. Watch for readings and events over the next month for the launch of this lesbian writer's third novel.