Before redesigning their site, I started with their logo!
To make the site redesign easier, I first redesigned the logo for Mote Park Watersports Centre.
The top logo is the 3 colour, primary version while the bottom logo is the 2 colour version used when a coloured background is required (such as on a coloured t-shirt).
Matt needed an easy to update portfolio for both photos and videos.
This website has been built on WordPress to allow for easy updating by the client. It features an easily updated portfolio pulling from Flickr and Vimeo. I wrote a plugin for pulling content from Flickr (using the Flickr API), and the same for Vimeo (using the Vimeo API). It also includes a custom admin panel to make modifying the theme's features easier.
KLS were after a simple, easy to update website.
This website has been built on WordPress to allow for easy updating by the client. It features an easily updated image slider on each page, and a simple image gallery. It is also completely responsive, so even on the smallest phone screen it still looks good!
Aspects were after a simple static site for their online presence.
This simple site has no CMS, and is purely to give Aspects an online presence. I designed both their website and their logo.
"We have been extremely impressed with the professional service we received from Tam. He rapidly transformed our somewhat vague ideas for a website into reality. He understood what we wanted from a website, followed our guidelines, but very much put his own stamp on the final design and we were really delighted with his input. We would certainly use Tam again, and would have no hesitation in recommending him to others."
— The Directors, Aspects Training and Project Development
A 'shocking' logo for a personal project!
Namp is a multi-platform application that I am slowly building in my spare time. It allows for easy and custom website development areas on a local host. The logo's lightening bold represents the speed of Namp, as well as forming a subtle 'N' for Namp!
Terry was after a re-build of his old site, which used an out-dated stock template.
This static website was made using content from a previous website. The old website had a very convoluted navigation system that meant I had to dig deep to find all the content! This new website has a very clear and easy to use navigation system that makes finding what you're looking for fast and simple. It has no CMS, but Terry's knowledge of code meant I could set up the files in a way that he could edit with ease using any text editor.
For Maidstone Mind, the audience of this site was the most important factor.
Maidstone Mind were after a website that could be easily accessed and understood by everyone. This meant that a simple design, backwards compatibility for older browsers, and a keen focus on disability access was important.
"Tam approached us offering to design a website for Maidstone Mind of a voluntary basis. We gratefully accepted his kind offer. Tam consulted with us at every stage of the process to ensure that he understood the services we offer and our requirements for the website.
He ensured that any amendments we required were put in place in a timely and efficient manner. The website was launched in the autumn 2010. Tam has since handed over the administration of the website to Maidstone Mind but is always in the background to advise and assist if we require him to do so.
We own the rights of the website which is now being used extensively and has proved to be of great benefit to Maidstone Mind. I would not hesitate to recommend Tam to anyone who is considering taking up his services."
— Merryl Chesher, Services Manager at Maidstone Mind
Tamuka Muchapondwa wanted an easy to update website with news, photos, and videos.
For this site I used WordPress that I had greatly modified using plugins I have coded to make it very simple and easy to update. The site dynamically pulls the photos from the clients Flickr feed, while the videos are added manually where only the title and YouTube video id are needed.
Fyre [fahyuhr] Creative is the working name of me, Tam McDonald; a web designer and developer, internet and code fanatic, and terrible gamer from Maidstone, Kent in the UK. My aim is simple, to give you the online presence your deserve.
I take care of every step in the creation of your website. From research and initial concept to final product, I'm there every step of the way to ensure you get exactly what you're after. It's this hands on approach to my work that pleases my clients and makes me stand out, where big design companies often fail.
Not only will I make your website, I'll also host it for you and make sure it stays up-to-date with the latest in web technology. I'll also gladly help any client with updating and maintaining the content of their site, as I understand that not everyone is a computer wiz!
I also offer discounts for non-profits and charities, just get in contact to find out more.
Click on a skill to the right to learn more. Each skill is colour coded to help give you an idea of my level of proficiency.
- HTML/ HTML5
HTML and the more modern HTML5 are the primary coding languages when creating a website. It is the language used when coding the structure and content of a website
When you have been building websites as long as I have, it becomes a second language!
I use a Mac based application called Coda to hand code all my websites.
- CSS/ CSS3
Like HTML/ HTML5, CSS and it's updated counterpart CSS3 are key coding languages for websites. Unlike HTML, CSS is used for the look and style of the website.
As with HTML, I use a Mac based application called Coda to hand code all my websites.
- PHP & MySQL
PHP and MySQL are often seen as two sides of the same coin, but are made as two separate entities.
PHP is another coding language, but unlike HTML and CSS it is not used as core code when building websites. PHP is used for server side functions such as pulling data from a MySQL database, or submitting a form (to give two of many examples).
MySQL is a relational database management system that runs on web servers. It is used to store data which can later be pulled onto a websites front end using various coding languages. For most of my work with MySQL, I use PHP.
- CMS's - WordPress & ExpressionEngine
WordPress and ExpressionEngine are the two primary CMS's that I use for clients websites.
Content Management Systems (CMS's) are used to allow for easy updating by the client. These are private areas of the website that only the admins of the site can access. They control the content displayed on the site that viewers see.
WordPress is used when I am creating smaller scale sites, where the client wants to be able to easily update the site with new content such as a news area or blog.
Photoshop is a well known piece of graphics software from Adobe.
I have been using Photoshop for a good few years now, and it is my first port of call when designing a website. My multiple monitor set-up allows me to have research open on one screen, and Photoshop open on another. This makes designing websites a much more efficient process.
Using Photoshop also allows me to quickly modify designs to better suit a client if need be, meaning the time it takes to produce a fully functional website is reduced.
- API's - YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Vimeo, Google Maps
My experience with various application programming interfaces (API's) from major social websites around the internet means I can easily integrate your social networks directly into your website.
Social media integration (for sites such as Facebook and Twitter) into your website is an easy way to add a layer of interactivity. Putting a "like" or "tweet" button on your website gives your target audience an easy way to show their appreciation for you and your site, and is also a great incentive for word of mouth advertising!
For other sites where you upload your own digital content (such as YouTube and Flickr), using their API's I can easily integrate your content on those sites into your own. This means that when you upload a video to YouTube, or an image to Flickr, for example, they will automatically show up on your website! You can also pick and choose what content should be visible on your site and what should not.
- Logo design
Whilst websites are my main work, I also have experience in logo design. In my portfolio above, I have some examples of websites for which I have also created a logo, as well as some logos I have designed without a website.
Similar to designing websites, I use Photoshop to design logos as well.
- CMS's - Drupal, Joomla, ect.
When making a website I will always use either WordPress or ExpressionEngine as a default CMS. However, if a client were to request I use an alternate CMS such as Drupal or Joomla, I will always be willing.
Whilst I focus on the WordPress and ExpressionEngine when building websites, I always make sure I stay up-to-date with the goings on and code of many other CMS's. This means I am flexible enough to work with pretty much any CMS on the market.