While working at www.tui.co.uk, I was lucky enough to be asked to take on a new-build project with the owner of Charley Chau, a website with the sole aim of selling beautiful, top-end snuggle beds and blankets for pampered pets.
I was tasked with building the site up, and creating the site's unique theme using the Blueprint base theme for Drupal base theme, based on the Photoshop wireframes and layouts I was provided with.
In fairness, this project was a tough one for me; it was the first time I had to really focus on creating a client's website to a specific brief, and with the guidance - and occasional beratings - of our fastidious designer.
About the project
This site is built on a Drupal 6 installation, with the Uberdrupal install profile, which sets a lot of the site's e-commerce options up straight out of the box; this was probably something of a false investment in the end, since I probably changed and tweaked the vast majority of the site's settings.
Hopefully, the late nights and hard work were worthwhile for the client; I'm very proud of this portfolio piece as, while I didn't make up the very lovely design, I think I learnt a helluvalot about the client- and project-management aspects of agency projects, which I hadn't really had any exposure to up until that point.
As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, comments or criticisms.
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I started and ran a huge project to reassess and greatly improve the organisation's use of their website, which was based on an ageing proprietary CMS. The end result is a soon-to-be-launched implementation of the Drupal CMS, set up with a custom template which allows each department to add their own colours and branding to a standardised layout. I also ensured that staff were able to self-publish, setting up training workshops and publishing a number of guide documents which will form the organisation's website training. Key benefits include the creation of a much simpler, more powerful, and more extendable website, with a simplified publishing workflow, (non-technical) staff who are confident enough to manage their department's content without having to rely on a web designer to do the work for them, and a standardised and clean web presence which will grow with the organisation. I also implemented a mobile-browser version of the site, which is shown when a mobile browser - for example Blackberry, Symbian or iPhone - is detected. Please note that the live site may have changed since I last worked on it in April 2009. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question about this site.