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Website Design

Sempervivi band website designSempervivi

Lexington, KY

I made this 2017 band website design for my own punk rock music project Sempervivi. Sometimes, I perform solo in Lexington and the surrounding region. Alternately, I perform with a full band.

In addition to releasing our second EP “Always Alive”, I had a lot of merchandise and other promotional material to design. I hastily assembled a new website redesign which was themed after the album art. However, I was never happy with how it looked or functioned. The layout did not flow very well on mobile devices and the blog focused home page seemed dated. Thus, I carved out some time to create a new site that retained the color scheme of the EP, but fostered a much more user friendly experience.

Band website design story

I have been a website designer for almost as long as I have been a musician who plays in bands. Naturally, my profession and my hobby have intersected many times over the years. I am always evolving, and always reaching out to learn better, more efficient methods. This applies to writing and performing songs, as well as designing clean, responsive web solutions. My two passions come together and dovetail in this website redesign project.

The main improvements I needed to make included the overall aesthetics. The old site was, frankly, bland and boring. I needed to add some video and bring the overall look of the site up to current tastes. Fonts were to be changed from a conventional sans serif to a more trendy slab. Features wise, I wanted to downplay the blog. While still important, I only updated it every few months. As such, I needed to change the focus of the site from the blog entries to the overall story of the band, the music itself, and upcoming events.

WordPress band website design homepage

The home page header background video loop gives a strong first impression. I stitched together performance highlights from several venues into a 30-second clip using Apple iMovie. Since Sempervivi could appear as either a solo act or as a band, I featured footage of both formats. The video is overlaid by a muted shade of the green used for the “Always Alive” EP’s cover. In front of the video background, I embedded a compact Bandcamp player containing the newest EP. Below in large type, the site tagline concisely summarizes Sempervivi in two sentences. Last, the call to action “BOOK NOW” button punctuates the introduction.

Visitors can hear our music and get a synopsis of what it’s about, then navigate to my booking form without ever having to scroll down. The most important content all lies squarely above the fold. The next section down reveals a list of upcoming shows on my calendar. A plugin pulls a feed of future performances from the Facebook page. By using this, I avoid having to enter event information twice, as I was before when using an events calendar plugin. If a particular date interests a fan, they can click and go directly to the Facebook event to RSVP. The section’s columns clearly display event dates, titles, venues, and cover images. The rest of the home page contains subsections displaying a longer “About” paragraph and an Instagram feed. Thumbnails and snippets from the most recent blog entry also serve to keep fans up to date.

Additional band website design features

The rest of the pages on the site contain all of the information newcomers and longtime fans alike need. Each individual page displays a different featured image in its header. These range from action shots on stage to candid photos to show band members’ personalities. In particular, I am very happy with how the Song Lyrics page developed. I created an anchored list which comprises of all of the songs in my arsenal. Each section contains the verses, bridges, and choruses for the songs. If a song was featured on an album, I added its individual Bandcamp player above the lyrics. This way, the site’s visitors can listen along to the song while they read the words. The Biography page provides the details on the band’s history, then features clips of glowing album reviews at the bottom.

I update my blog every so often with news to keep everyone in the loop. The blog archive page shows a list of the most recent news entries. Each one displays the featured image above an excerpt, which fans can click in order to read the full entry. Next to the blog, in the sidebar, the booking call to action button reappears above the Upcoming Shows feed. Finally, I set up a store page on the site so that I could sell my merchandise directly. I factored in shipping from my account and created secure buttons so fans who can’t attend a show can still buy my shirts, CDs, stickers, and buttons.

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Overall, the site condenses down neatly to display on mobile phones and tablets. This responsive design ensures that none of the visitors will get frustrated trying to navigate through the content. The site can meet its goal of expanding my music’s brand. Does your indie band or record label need a fresh, functional new website design? You need a solution that is both easy for your fans to use and for you to update. Contact me today and let’s make it happen!

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Utility Website Design - Hardin County, Kentucky Water DistrictHardin County Water District No. 1

Radcliff, KY

I created this utility website design for Hardin County, Western Kentucky’s first district water company. A former coworker of mine at Fischbach USA had since been hired for an executive director position at HCWD. He hired me to create a new responsive website, since their old design was decidedly dated. I had a lot of content to work with. Because of this, I reworked the design by splitting the site menu into two. The main pages group into a sticky menu that stays visible as the user scrolls down.

Kentucky Utility Website Design Packed with Features

Prospective contractors make up a lot of HCWD’s traffic. They can now access project bid information when they fill out a secure form. I also created a new password protected page. This way, only the HCWD employees could have access to the secure company documents. I reorganized the Frequently Asked Questions from the old site’s page as well. It now breaks down into a simple anchored list. Thus, this Kentucky utility company’s customers are able to quickly reach all the information they need to.

The website is a hub in the Hardin County, KY community, which includes the cities of Elizabethtown and Radcliff. Therefore, the site’s events calendar and news need to be easy to update. I uploaded a short Youtube tutorial video for the site administrators, because they did not have much experience with making their own web updates. I offer this service to all of my clients at no extra cost. Visit the website here!

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Do you work for a municipal community service such as water or electricity? You must have a responsive web design that all of your patrons can easily access. Make sure that you contact me today!

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Wolfe County Public Library Responsive Website DesignWolfe County Public Library

Campton, KY

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries referred WCPL to me since I had performed work for them in the past. Wolfe County Public Library’s existing website was not up to snuff. It was very out of date. Worse than that, it was inaccessible for patrons. They needed a responsive website design makeover. I was ready to work with their staff in order to create the solution.

Feature rich responsive website design in Kentucky

The new website layout’s look centered around green hues. These echo the logo design that I created. A responsive slider is the centerpiece of the layout. Photos of their beautiful facilities and their happy patrons using their services greet users. Their events calendar is yet another premium feature. It displays upcoming children’s storytimes and special library programs. Staff can easily update the library calendar using this responsive website design. I created a tutorial video to help. Wolfe County residents can also subscribe to their events directly using their own online calendar apps.

Is your website hard to use? If so, all the special features and attractive graphics are pointless. The site condenses down nicely on any device. Mobile devices reveal a convenient flyout menu. A local library is a lot more than just a media collection. It is also a community center. Whether using a desktop computer, mobile phone, or tablet, WCPL’s catalog is universally accessible. All users can now learn what their local library can do for them. Both patrons and staff were pleased with their finished product. Woo! View the library site here.

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Do you run a community hub such as a public library? You need a responsive website design. It’s a must! I specialize in easy to use web solutions for tablet and mobile users. Contact me today to get started!

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Muhlenberg County Public Library Website DesignMuhlenberg County Public Libraries

Greenville, KY and Central City, KY

A complete overhaul was in order for my hometown’s outdated library website design. The existing site was rife with errors at the time. It also had a lot of content that was very hard to navigate. The design was unattractive as well. Naturally, MCPL called me in to save the day.

I began by bringing their web presence up to date with a clean white design. It features their new logo, which I also designed. Then, I added a colorful image slider, which included relevant, royalty free stock photography. I also reorganized and streamlined their existing navigation menu. It now includes just four main headings with drop down menu items.

Library staff members worked with me to find the best way to simplify and condense the original content. We came together to create a system that staff could easily update by themselves. This is so important for a library website design.

Additionally, the sleek online calendar displays upcoming events. These include happenings such as storytimes and book signings. The website calendar can easily sync with iCal, Google Calendar, and others.

Patrons can access all of the libraries’ online databases in order to check out books and other media. The complete catalog is conveniently at users’ fingertips. It is directly searchable right from the library website design main menu.

I also built a separate mobile version of the site. This enables patrons to keep up with both library branches on the go using their smartphones and tablets. Customers may still access the full catalog and other features with the separate mobile site. This is a complete web solution.

Library Website Design in Kentucky

Check out the site here! Does your business or nonprofit have a large amount of content that needs an update? Perhaps your site is in need of a fresh makeover. I would love to help! Contact me to get the ball rolling.

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