Web + Graphic Design
Intermediate web & graphic design, plus a side of copy writing!
DeTamble Library Website
From LibGuides to a University Website Page + LibGuides - September 2022 - March 2023
When I arrived at my current position at St. Andrews, the library's web presence consisted of LibGuides (a content management system or CMS specifically for libraries) with a link from the main university website. Rather than duplicate library web content on LibGuides and the college website, I opted to used HTML + CSS to mirror the styling on the main university website.
Library LibGuides, August 2022
Sa.edu, December 2022
In early 2023, I found out that the university was planning to implement a major website redesign. Instead of spending hours of code LibGuides to the resemble the new site new website, I instead opted for a compromise: a bona fide landing page on the main university website (rather than a single link to LibGuides) and a refreshed, minimalist redesign of our LibGuides.
There are some LibGuides features that cannot be replicated or embedded on a Wordpress installation (which sa.edu uses) and yet, I wanted an official presence on the university website. I recreated portions of the library's presence on LibGuides, keeping the original structure but now on the university's Wordpress site. The 'standard' pages, like staff, hours, & services, were transferred to WordPress, while the unique filtering services of LibGuides were retained and linked to sa.edu/library. The Research Guides, a powerful tool for curating info resources by discipline, and the A-Z Database list, a tool for listing and filtering databases by discipline, are strengths of the LibGuides CMS that generic CMS systems cannot rival.
As a former member of this church, I built a new website from scratch pro bono. Using Google Sites, I copied the text from the existing site and added several pages and added an original Welcome page where I explained, in succinct, non-theological language, what the church was like and what it means to be Lutheran.
Since the church had no logo, I created a new logo. After submitting several designs to the church council, the council decided that the logo that incorporates the cross and roof line of the sanctuary was the best one. I also incorporated the red and black color scheme from the website to 'mesh' the logo with the site. I am not a graphic designer, so I simply took an picture of the church, uploaded it to Google Drive and created a rough outline using Google Drawings. Once the outline was complete, I removed the background image and added text. The product was a simple, modern church logo!
Screenshot of Church Sanctuary from Google Maps
Church logo that incorporates roofline of the church, large cross affixed to front of sanctuary.
In the fall of 2021, I embarked on creating a new library website for Simmons College of Kentucky. Previously, the library had a single page on the main college website. The new site, built in LibGuides, with extensive CSS enhancements, was designed to resemble the new college website.
Beginning in late 2022, I began working on a new website for the NC Rural Heritage Center. The site has yet to be launched, but its 99% complete. I made the site in Google Sites, using photos that I took.