Hi, I'm Mike and I'm the web designer at 1-Web. I've developed my web design skills over many years and below you can see the results - all the sites here were live on the internet and whilst some have served their purpose and been taken down others are still being used. Along with each screenshot (click them to see a larger version) and title I've given a brief synopsis of the site and my approach to its design.

stuRents

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This site is currently under development. Its aim is to provide an easy way for University students to find houses, supporting multiple locations around the country. It allows for user accounts, with the ability to send messages between each other and landlords. It makes use of the Google Maps API and the front page search is all AJAX based, allowing people to view house profiles with just two clicks of the mouse. It also has advertising management for various locations so harness revenue from local businesses.

  • Type: Application
  • URL: https://sturents.com/
  • Dates: March 2008 - Present

Cardiff University Trampolining Club

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For this site I decided to go for a simple colour based design, as the function was to provide information and news to members of the club as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a basis for the site I used my 1-Log content management system, which is continually refined over each site I build with it. The logo was outsourced, but even though I only received it at the end of design I was able to change the colour pallette whilst keeping the basic idea of the large borders and easily readable content.

  • Type: CMS and Application
  • URL: https://cardifftrampolining.co.uk/
  • Dates: September 2008 - Present

St. Aidan's JCR

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This site is a personal project for my college at Durham. It is used for a myriad of communication and information purposes, ranging from simple forums for discussions to management systems for large events and voting systems for JCR elections. I initially designed it based around the 1-Log CMS, but it has since been extended and modified continually, being totally overhauled visually each summer to keep the design fresh.

  • Type: CMS and Application
  • URL: https://www.st-aidans.com/
  • Dates: June 2008 - Present

Cambridge Personal Development

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The initial brief for this site was to provide general information about the PD business in question. It was then extended to include small scale CMS admin features, and allows online booking with payment through PayPal. The design uses colour and shape in place of background images, with a single header image to provide identity relating to its home town.

  • Type: Booking Database
  • URL: https://cambridgeperformance.com/
  • Dates: Feb 2008 - Present

St. Aidan's JCR 2007

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This is the previous incarnation of the St. Aidan's website, now redesigned (see above).

  • Type: CMS and Application
  • URL: https://www.st-aidans.com/
  • Dates: Sept 2006 - June 2008

1-Log

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1-Log is an open source PHP site content management system, initially aimed at blogging but capable of being extended with an easy to use theme system and added to with a page creator. As a free distributable program it is still in development with a planned final release of version 1.0 this summer. It is currently in use on my own blog, and has been so for over a year now, with developments being based around my own needs for a site. It has a number of themes - shown in the screenshot is the current "default".

  • Type: CMS
  • URL: https://1log.co.uk/
  • Dates: June 2005 - Present

Alderman Kneeshaw Open Day

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This website was designed at short notice for a park open day. Because it was made to a short deadline it uses a single page, relying on JavaScript to provide the divisions to make the page more navigable. It provides the essential information in two boxes at the top, and uses a lo-fi design to fit in with the advertised event.

  • Type: Advertisement
  • URL: https://akopenday.co.uk/
  • Dates: April 2007 - Present

Durham University Shotokan Karate Club

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I designed this site for a friend who had the job of publicity officer for the club. The initial layout was based on a recoloured version of the 1-Log theme, with a bold title and simple logo used to provide identity, and the sidebar altered to show a list of club exec. After my friend's tenure as manager of the site it was replaced by the new publicity officer of the club.

  • Type: CMS
  • URL: https://www.dur.ac.uk/dusk.club/
  • Dates: October 2007 - May 2008

PC Zone Disc Database

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This site was a personal project to provide a service to readers of the popular magazine PC Zone, with a wiki-style database allowing anyone to add or amend entries. Work on it was halted when the hosting and database were unexpectedly lost. If possible it will be revived and development continued in the future.

Note: I did not make the images for this site, but have been granted permission to use them.

  • Type: Application
  • URL: https://pczdb.tk/
  • Dates: June 2007 - Sept 2007

SilentFox Servers

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Created to advertise a friend's business, this site was an early venture into differently aligned pages. Because it has little content other than some prices I focused on making the whitespace less obvious by adding a large detailed image below the content.

  • Type: Advertisement
  • URL: https://silentfox.org/
  • Dates: Jan 2006 - Aug 2006

Future Perfect Festival

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This website was designed for a competition to make the website for a charity music festival. It came second overall but is the first site I made using a detailed image as the background.

  • Type: Advertisement
  • URL: N/A
  • Dates: March 2007

Wild Cards Guild

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This site was made for a World of Warcraft guild and was originally designed as a template for an early version of 1-Log. The images are taken from an open set of images based on the interface used in the game, and the content placeholder content taken from the original website of the guild.

  • Type: CMS
  • URL: https://wildcards.eu/
  • Dates: March 2006 - Oct 2006

Gibbage

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This site wasn't entirely designed by me - an initial build had been done using Microsoft Front Page and I was tasked with tidying it up. It was originally based on a table layout, which had to be converted to the modern div method for proper standards compliance. The images were provided by the site owner from the original build, and the site was converted to render correctly in all browsers and pass W3C validation.

  • Type: Advertisement
  • URL: N/A
  • Dates: Feb 2006 - April 2006