Jeff Bass Design & Development
I had a lot of fun working with Rwanda-based management consultancy Karisimbi Business Partners on a site redesign. They wanted to be able to edit their own content with more custom functionality than would be available with a Squarespace site, so WordPress was the way to go. I took a premium theme from Pixity and built an extensive child theme that met the client’s specifications.
With the back-end user in mind, I selected a theme that used the WPBakery layout constructor plugin. I put together a small library of templates for custom post types as well as page elements that would be used frequently, to make it as straightforward as possible for the client to edit the site. This project also gave me more experience dealing with the Wordpress customizer API and creating custom sidebars and page templates for an existing theme.
I was challenged to create a banner advertising an upcoming event that would be eye-catching but not too disruptive. I ended up building a triangular banner in the corner of the screen that included an animated countdown clock.
I used jQuery to build two price-estimate calculators so users could choose quantity, style, and add-ons to get an estimate on their printing projects.
Until this project, I had done all of the designing myself, but this time I was working with the company’s in-house designer. I became a better collaborator through the process of receiving assets and implementing them effectively.
I was contacted about building a one-page “elevator pitch” style site for an entrepreneur based in Missoula, Montana. His company, Belló Trailers, builds custom utility trailers, and I used this opportunity to dive deeper into SEO, as I knew that would be of great value to a small business owner.
The client requested image processing on a number of product photos, so I was challenged to become more efficient and thorough in Photoshop.
I was tasked with finding suitable stock photography for this site, so I became a lot more familiar with the various resources available, as well as the best practices for image optimization.