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Blogs & Stuff webpage design, v2

Blogs & Stuff webpage design, v2

Several years ago, I gathered links to all my blogs and stuff on one page.  I recently decided it was time to redesign that little page design slightly.  I loved the look and the logo of the initial design, but the web page layout was created in tables, and the time to use tables for page layout has long since passed.  I even seriously considered (for about a minute) making it into another WordPress site, but soon realized that would be total overkill for something that’s actually not much of anything in the first place.

On the up side, except for the images, all the files for this web page add up to only 60kb.  On the down side, it was actually more work and more time consuming to add content to this one little page than it would have been had I done it in WordPress.  Luckily, the content for this page should not change much or very often.  (fingers crossed)

Marilyn Fenn Studio website redesign, version 4c

Marilyn Fenn Studio website redesign, version 4c

I have just finished yet another redesign of my art website! The new design is a slight refinement of the previous visual design (with which I’ve been pretty happy for awhile), but more importantly, it represents a major underlying structural change. I have upgraded my site structural and design files to WordPress 3.01 to take advantage of the new structure and features built into the latest version of WordPress. I’ve also used a number of excellent plugins to extend the functionality.

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The USS Macaw website

The USS Macaw website

I’ve just created a very simple design for a WordPress website for a friend of mine.  He is a journalist who has spent some part of several years interviewing survivors from the USS Macaw, a ship that sank at sea during WWII on which his father was aboard (and luckily survived).

I created the design and set up a WordPress site that will handle “siders”* for my friend Tim.   He will be adding all the content himself.  I am training him long-distance by phone.

You can check out the story and photographs from the ship and its crew at Tim’s site, The USS Macaw.

*According to Tim, a “sider” in journalism is a box on the side of the main story that contains related data.  On Tim’s site, the siders are used, for instance, to show photos (when available) and details about each of the crew members.

William Wahlgren

William Wahlgren website, v4

This is the fourth version of a website for Austin painter and fellow SAIC alumnus William Wahlgren, the last three of which I have designed. This version is basically the same design as the last, only now designed to work in WordPress, so that Bill can update and maintain his site himself.

Bill paints large, gorgeous oil paintings using an Old Masters’ technique, though his works are often more abstract visions that consist primarily of sky and atmosphere.

View Bill’s latest gorgeous paintings at WilliamWahlgren.com.  They’re some of my favorite contemporary paintings.

Bear Flag Construction website

Bear Flag Construction website

I’ve just completed a new website in WordPress for local custom home building and remodeling company, Bear Flag Construction.   Tom Ide, the proprietor of Bear Flag Construction, handles everything from Construction Management, Restoration and New Construction to Additions, Remodeling, and Home Improvements. He has worked from the San Francisco Bay Area to Massachusetts and now works in the Austin area.

Tom wanted a site to showcase his local achievements, and he wanted a site that allows him to do his own editing and updating, so I built a site for him using WordPress, and have trained him to work on the site himself.

Visit Bear Flag Construction at http://bfccustomhomes.com/ to view some of the excellent work he has done and read the testimonials.  Give him a call if you need some construction work done.  I can attest that he does beautiful work at reasonable rates, and he’s quite a joy to work with.

Marilyn Fenn Decor website, v2

Marilyn Fenn Decor website, v2

You may not know this about me, but besides being a website designer, graphic designer, illustrator and painter, I have also studied interior design.  It is one of my five favorite things to do, occupation-wise, though I am NOT officially an interior designer, I do not have a degree in interior designer, and I would not presume to do all that professional interior designers can do.  I do occasionally help folks decorate their homes, pick colors for their walls and buy great furniture.

You can see some of my little projects at a site I created for that purpose, Marilyn Fenn Decor.  I recently redesigned it into a WordPress site with a blog, which I am using to document some of the trials and tribulations and joys of undergoing a house remodeling project.  I do love my new design, which I tried to model after my previous design, while also updating the look and functions.  See the old design here:

Marilyn Fenn Decor website, v1

Marilyn Fenn Decor website, v1

Small Wonders Blogger blog

Small Wonders Blogger blog

I’ve just designed a new theme for a new Blogger blog I created for the purpose of selling my small art (no muss, no fuss — just small paintings at small prices, with easy Paypal “add to cart” buttons, called “Small Wonders.”).

Designing for Blogger is—well, definitely different than designing for WordPress or standard HTML/CSS websites.  Less complicated than WordPress, but less powerful, too.  I was able to add buttons, and with some coding hoop-jumping, add some pages, but I still haven’t found a way to create any kind of a gallery page (other than adding a Flickr slideshow).

Anyway, feel free to check out my site and my small paintings at Small Wonders.  Feel free to buy a painting, too!

Marilyn Fenn Design, v3

Marilyn Fenn Design, v3

OK, I just moved my newly designed Design site from a testing server to the real deal — right here! This is my first WordPress website, which I hand-coded, using my own theme design.

I’ve tested and retested, and most of the bugs have been worked out.

I’ll miss my pretty little previous site, but it had no blog and the portfolio design was too complex to update very often.

So, welcome again, and if you see anything that looks amiss — especially if you have a fix for it — I’d love to hear from you.

Or — if you just like something about it and nothing is amiss, I’d really love to hear from you!

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