Victoria’s Big Build
I worked on the latest redesign of hockingstuart while at Sense advertising. This was the biggest project I had been handed up to this date.
For this project, each page is broken up into blocks instead of a single template. That means more control over the content. New pages can be cooked up by simply mixing and matching content blocks.
With a project of this size came some massive challenges:
- Managing content blocks. There are over 20+ content blocks and they are meant to work together
- Developing the animations for every content block.
- Reducing pageload and optimizing image content delivery
- Developing a completely separate look and feel for mobile and tablet devices.
There were setbacks and delays but in the end, we managed to pull off an incredible redesign for hockingstuart.
MAB Corporate was created while I was contracting at Sense Advertising. After having working on hockingstuart and another smaller project, I had a good idea of what bottlenecks the management was facing.
For this project, a lot of resources were spent on making the Wordpress backend more user friendly and reducing the pageload.
To do this:
- Customized the tables in the backend to display ACF fields.
- Added a lot of whitelabelling code in the backend
- Added my own css in the backend to make the ACF Content blocks stand out visually as well as other minor cosmetic differences
- In the frontend, removed unnecessary scripts added by Wordpress
- Used img srcset for 90% of the images throughout the website. This means that only smaller sized image are downloaded by mobile users thus reducing pageload and bandwidth for them.
- Refined build process. Removed Bootstrap's unnecessary styles and removed unused dependencies(Bootstrap's dependencies, used newer version of jQuery, etc)
This lead to an incredibly snappy and easy to maintain website.
MCC Kew was made while I was contracting at MMR Studio. I fondly remember skateboarding during lunch hours outside the Studio while Bachelors(Or some Australian TV show) was being shot across the street.
This was at that time one of the biggest project I've worked on. Built on Wordpress using ACF and Gravity forms.
I made this back when I was in a diploma course in India. Back then, managing color palettes was a pain as well as designing one. And there weren't any decent apps to create a colorpalette in. So I made Colorbook.
Version 1 was released back in 2012. Not satisfied with the design, I refined it and put it up on Redhat hosting(Now on heroku) a year later.
There are many good color palettes webapps right now and colorbook is a bit dated but this tool has served me well over the years.