Charley Chau: prestige, lovingly-crafted bedding for cats and dogs

The Charley Chau homepage
Lightweight homepage carousel
Product page
Zoomed in on a product image in the lightbox
Product page with multiple images
Colour swatches
The Ubercart checkout screen
About Charley Chau
Holding page
The administration page for menu links
Editing a product's description
Entering a coupon code at the checkout
A fresh project to create a Cath Kidston-esque website, selling a wide range of beautifully-crafted, bright and vibrant pet beds.

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.

Please note: all images on this page are subject to copyright restrictions.

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What's this then?

When I’m not trying to kill myself in the gym or in a swimming pool, or trying to take photos which usually look like they were shot during an earthquake, I tend to push pixels around webpages and - occasionally - posters, newspapers, magazines and other paper-based mediums. Sometimes, I even get paid to do it… ;o)

Apparently, I'm not-too-bad at putting together websites; that means that, once we've worked out what it is you want your website to do, and roughly how you want it to look, I take a content management system (usually Drupal), assemble and configure the various plug-ins needed to make your site do what you want it to, whip up the site's theme via some slicing and dicing in Potatoshop (that's Photoshop for normal people), test it, add in any content you have, and show you how to use the site in a one-to-one training session (well, that's roughly how these things work, but there's always some room for flexibility of course).

If you like what you see here and would like to have a chat, please get in touch.

This is just a small selection of my past work, and I must admit I've been pretty terrible at updating my portfolio with some of my more-recent work. So, while this page isn't necessarily the best or the brightest of my productions, I hope you'll be able to get an idea of my style and how I like to work.