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Five for Friday: 2.20.2009

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Plenty of redesign goodness around the web:

White House web site redesigns

Some nice write ups on not only the redesign, but also some new features from Greg Storey.

Involution Studio redesigns

Excellent work from an excellent group of folks. Even more impressive when viewed next to their new brochure as well.

ESPN redesigns

Mike Davidson has a nice write-up on his impressions of the new design. I agree with just about everything he says.

Mike Davidson redesigns

Speaking of Mike, he recently rolled out a spiffy new design for his personal site. Lovely.

Mets drop the ball with stadium patch

The only non-redesign in the bunch, but too good to not have. One of the lamest patch designs in history.

Five for Friday: 1.2.2009

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and wrap up to 2008. mine was pretty enjoyable, although hectic with two young girls in the house and traveling to visit family. 2008 was a busy year for me, so I thought I’d kick off the new year’s Five for Friday series with five projects I wrapped up over the last quarter of 2008. These are all web sites I completed at the day job as lead (meaning sole) web designer and developer atTCS Software. All sites are built using ourRuby-On-Rails-driven WebSuite2 CMS.

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Screenshot of NCDA web site
Launched in early December, the NCDA site redesign was a major challenge and undertaking. Not only did we need to work with the client in reworking the content structure, but this is the first site using the Products Module, WebSuite2’s custom shopping cart. The early feedback from members indicates that the relauch exceeded expectations.

National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)

Screenshot of NADDI web site
The NADDI redesign was an interesting project. The previous version of the site was fairly dark in appearance and mood, and the navigation structure was rather difficult to sort through. We worked with the client to steamline their content structure and made the site warmer in feel. The home page also better organizes their important content without seeming cluttered.

Ohio Automobile Dealers Association

Screenshot of OADA web site
TCS Software was contracted by OADA to redesign their web site to be more engaging, visually more appealing, and easier to use. Along with a complete design makeover, the backend improvements to this site is what really makes it zing, especially the member management features.

Payments Central

Screenshot of Payments Central web site
A slight redesign of a current client, the Payments Central web site doesn’t seem much different from the version that ran on our previous CMS. The real difference is on the back end. The CSS structure is significantly cleaner than the previous version, which was about three years old. There are also additional features that came along with the new CMS, including a true sitewide search and better member login and management features. This is also the second site to use our new Prodcuts Module. On the visual side, the home page is better organized and uses the space much better than the previous version.

Association for Financial Technology

Screenshot of AFT web site
A complete overhaul of their previous site, AFT jumped to TCS Software to have a true CMS system for their site content. Not only is the site appearance a vast improvement over its predecessor, but the interactivity greatly enhances the site’s usability and value.

This is a small sampling of the work I’ve been doing at TCS Software this past year. Overall, I’ve been pleased with the work our team has produced, and the vast majority of our clients are great to work with. You can see more of my work at TCS Software at TCS Labs in the upper right rotating portfolio. All but three or four of those sites were designed and built by me. This year, I also plan to post some write-ups of the creative process on some of those projects as well as some new ones that are currently in the works.

Five for Friday: 12.26.2008

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Obama logos that weren’t chosen

Interesting look into the process that created the highly-recognizable Obama Campaign logo.

Design contest debate

Steve Douglas, founder of The Logo Factory, responds to some issues brought u[ about the legitimacy of logo design contests. On the other side of the ring, George Ryan, who made the original post Steve responds to, offers his rebuttal in the comments.

Content. Content. Content.

What’s the most important part of a web site? Content. A List Apart @274 focues on that verytopic.

Font Conference

Hillarious clip, especially if you’re a typeface geek like me.

Recession Tips For Web Designers

Great tips from Jeffrey Zeldman and 24 Ways.