I’m Michael, I get a kick out of creating beautiful things that are a pleasure to use. I have been told I am exceptional at communication, organisation, and I’m a nitpicker when it comes to the finer details.
Over the years, I've gained experience in Front-End Development, Interactive Design and Quality Assurance. I bring a firm opinion to my craft and place a lot of pride the quality of my service.
I'm an artist, a developer, an amateur guitarist, and a yoga enthusiast.
HiSmile hired me as the first website designer with the intent to get everything up and running on all fronts before hiring another designer and front-end developer.
My accomplishments were broad and deep:
The website has gone through many revisions and a/b tests in my time at Hismile.
There is still a lot of work to be done, and a lot of room to improve on the website. Keypoints include:
Design and developing wordpress themes.
I applied unique problem solving skills both in design and development to overcome many unique client requests. SASS was implemented in this project with a SMACCS architecture setup.
Tourist focused design for The Melbourne Sandbelt group - eight of the most prestigious golf clubs in Australia.
The Twin Creeks website offers a unique user flow was designed to help get the desired results while impacting usability as little as possible.
This design focused primarily on welcoming guests to hold functions at the club. Secondary goals were to receive more membership applications, and corporate golf day applications. The design implies that the golf club is elite, but still welcoming.
Premium Wordpress theme.
Co-design and develop front end.
Personally I want to always ensure websites are accessible via any device, performance is optimised for all users, and users have a clear path to the websites primary objective (in this case, that would be contacting the club for a membership application.)
The themes design was kept extremely versatile, with options to highlight branding, text, images or video. The four different Home page layouts keep the theme fresh and add options to display testimonials, sponsors, news or all of the above. Everything is responsive, down to the contact forms and table layouts added through the CMS. The backend of the CMS was also customised to make sure it is easy for the club administrators to add content and minimise training and support time from MiClub. The technologies used were chosen because I believe they will be improved on frequently and will help accessibility in the future.
The ARCC advocates on behalf of the resettled communities of Auckland. They promote a sustainable, integrated resettlement approach that maintains the cultural identities of former refugees and allows them to thrive in their new home country.
ARCC was finding a lot of users unsure about the authenticity of the website due to it’s aged design. Hence the new design to convey trust, honesty and friendliness.
The project was broken in to 5 phases to ensure the website was looking better as soon as possible, and the organisation wouldn’t lose any more potential users during the design and build process. Using the existing layout meant I could keep using the same WordPress database, while replacing almost everything else behind the scenes.
Phase 1: Backup and Update all backend software (wordpress, database, plugins, security)
Phase 2: Design new website
Phase 3: Bring in new website design (basic)
Phase 4: Bring in new website design (better)
Phase 5: Bring in new website design (final)