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Anyone have any suggestions for good web designers/web design groups? As much as I'd love to, I cannot make my own site as I just don't have the skills needed to make something professional, but I do need a portfolio site and soon.

I also can't afford the people I REALLY want, because- well, their client base includes such names as MTV, National Geographic, COSMO, Phish, They Might Be Giants, to name a few. They make smashing sites though.

So yeah, anyone have any suggestions? I know one person who does this for a living, however she predominantly makes flash sites, and I don't really want to use flash.

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Date: 2006-04-22 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spitkitten.livejournal.com
Me?

See my sites for what I do.

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Date: 2006-04-22 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martygreene.livejournal.com
do you have sites other than your old one for writing, and double duchess?

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Date: 2006-04-22 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idlechic.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] bedlamboy and [livejournal.com profile] raphrat both do web design...

yeah.. we do..

Date: 2006-04-22 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bedlamboy.livejournal.com
bradley is way better than me, and yet possibly affordable.

i make not so technically complicated websites, but they do look good. also i work for beer.

Re: yeah.. we do..

Date: 2006-04-23 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martygreene.livejournal.com
I don't really know him, so I'll have to find out more about him.

Here's what I posted on one of my message boards about what I'm looking for, along with a list of sites I find pretty for various reasons. Then maybe you can tell me if it's something you think you could do, or if I'm better off looking into other folk. -shrug-

I'm seeking a web designer to help me create a portfolio site for me. I am a costume designer, theatrical makeup artist/designer, and fine arts artist.

I am seeking a non-flash site which will work across all commonly used platforms (IE, Mozilla, Safari, etc.) which will reflect my artistic style while being professional and user-friendly.

I have a list of sites which I find pleasing from design aspects, color-scheme aspects, or usablility aspects, and have a fair idea what I would like to see in my site.

http://jennthornton.com/
http://www.spiderwick.com/ (flash, but I like the overall look)
http://www.csszengarden.com/?cssfile=/194/194.css&page=0
http://www.csszengarden.com/?cssfile=/180/180.css&page=1

Re: yeah.. we do..

Date: 2006-04-23 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bedlamboy.livejournal.com
well... i could definitely make you a jennthorton kind of site. her's is just a bunch of pretty gif files and straight-up tables.

i'm not that good at css yet. BUT i think what you are really after, when going to the spiderwick site.. is that you are just a big fan of filligree. this is fine. i'm a big fan of filligree. my 3rd favorite font is Dalliance.
http://www.emigre.com/EF.php?fid=87

have you been to the Holly Black (the writer for spiderwick) site? blackholly.com? it's also fairly simple and straight-forward. it's pretty, but it gets the job done.

my advice. bradley is better than me. his website is http://adrenachrome.com/
however, bradley is often busy and bradley will probably charge you... but he might not charge you that much since your site would be fairly simple.

again, i charge beer.

Re: yeah.. we do..

Date: 2006-04-23 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bedlamboy.livejournal.com
well... i could definitely make you a jennthorton kind of site. her's is just a bunch of pretty gif files and straight-up tables.

i'm not that good at css yet. BUT i think what you are really after, when going to the spiderwick site.. is that you are just a big fan of filligree. this is fine. i'm a big fan of filligree. my 3rd favorite font is Dalliance.
http://www.emigre.com/EF.php?fid=87

have you been to the Holly Black (the writer for spiderwick) site? blackholly.com? it's also fairly simple and straight-forward. it's pretty, but it gets the job done.

my advice. bradley is better than me. his website is http://adrenachrome.com/
however, bradley is often busy and bradley will probably charge you... but he might not charge you that much since your site would be fairly simple.

again, i charge beer.

Allo

Date: 2006-05-03 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 5eh.livejournal.com
hello,
I was sent by the [livejournal.com profile] gwenix, I do design work professionally, give me a shout out: sarah@mintpixels.com (mailto:sarah@mintpixels.com). You can see my resume at 5arah.com (http://www.5arah.com/resume). I fear it is out of date as I am now my own business owner and have done a few sites other than what is there.

Send me a listing of sites that you are interested in, what your target audience is, and what the purpose of your site is.

I like flash sites and all, I just find them impractical for the way search engines work at this point.

Best wishes,
Sarah

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Date: 2006-05-18 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robert-from-ap.livejournal.com
"when" is a bit tricky, as you know I'm currently swamped with concerts, and videos and what not.

"What" and "howmuch" then become the question. If you can show be what kind of thing your looking for - and tell me what you can afford, I can tell you if I'm willing to do it for that. ;)

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Date: 2006-05-24 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martygreene.livejournal.com
I'm hopefully looking for something under $1000, this summer. Simple, clean, pretty, that reflects the style of work I do (something that looks water-color-y or somesuch in the background could be nice). I can put my content in pretty well myself, I just need to have a site template made for me to put stuff into.

I like the look of these:
http://jennthornton.com/
http://www.spiderwick.com/ (flash, but I like the overall look)
http://www.csszengarden.com/?cssfile=/194/194.css&page=0
http://www.csszengarden.com/?cssfile=/180/180.css&page=1

I've got some files from previous pokes at making a site, which I could show you if you like. I just really can't afford to be paying $950-1000 for a site, which is where everyone is quoting me at. I know the basics of working with existing sites, I just need help coming up with the template.

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Date: 2006-05-24 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robert-from-ap.livejournal.com
Okay, here is what I can do:

The HTML sites you showed me would actually be a good fit: this style of making the site look like something, something real, something NOT a website, is very much down my alley.

http://jennthornton.com is my favorite. Its VERY clean, with a strong color theme. Her site makes a good model for yours, since all the pages are very similar: its basically one nice photo and some photo shopping. “Not a lot of work”, means “not very expensive” – but the site looks great!

Lets come up with our visual metaphor: is the site a watercolor painting? A sketch book? A still life?

Here is how we can handle the money, if you agree:

3 payments of $250 - one before I begin, one when I show you the designs, and a final payment after the HTML is complete. That we can both be a bit secure as we progress, and if you need to drag things out for financial reasons, just say so. (Also note: I can take PayPal, credit cards, even a check online.)

I love to start as soon as possible since our business concert season is almost about to start, I would mind getting the design portion of this done before that (I actually have some time tomorrow). So let me know when you are ready!

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Date: 2006-05-24 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martygreene.livejournal.com
I agree, the thorton site is lovely. Her designer quoted me at waaaaaay more than I felt was reasonable though.

Personally, I like the idea of a watercolor in the early stages of painting- at least in my style, which means just background texture. I've got an image that has the sort of thing I'm thinking of, which I can give you.

Let me check with my financial situation and my benefactors (aka my mother, gd love the woman she's still helping me out with life- granted my help is low budget, but it's help nonetheless!), and check back in with you. Do you have an email/aim screenname at which I can reach you?

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Date: 2006-05-24 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robert-from-ap.livejournal.com
email: robert at abney park dot com

I'm on MS Messenger at: robert_of_abneypark@hotmail.com

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Date: 2006-06-20 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sseaman.livejournal.com
If you need a complicated website I could help you out (though I don't think you will)

I've done Alcoa's, The Art Institute (if you check your grades or register for class, you've used my code), Symbol, Precision Therapeutics, The US Governments Sex Offenders site, and many others.

Best of luck with your site!

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