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Everything I post up from the staples, design, photo and video to plenty of smaller projects and ideas that won’t make the main pages of the portfolio or other things I’m trying out.

Ben Comber Landing Page

A very long time ago I was helping Ben out to build a snowboard site, so between 2010 and 2014 it was a functional site but it’s been left to hang out and languish, so we threw together something a little more exciting for a landing page. It’s really just a fun little usage of the CurtainJS tech but maybe someday we will continue to build on this and do something exciting.

The screenshot really does no justice of what this is so check it out over at BenComber.com

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NZ Tour Guide Propsal​

I have been hosting the NZ Tour Guide website for a number of years, it’s a pretty simple one page site that to save costs we had grabbed a theme from Woo Themes and let it free into the world, except that was built on some code that just isn’t doing too hot on the lighthouse scores, 57 / 100 performance in particular was concerning to me.

So in between a couple of projects, I looked at how I could update the site in a pretty quick and easy way using some new technologies including stripping out the entire WordPress CMS and just writing some HTML, CSS and JS before compressing it through Webpack. Currently, I wouldn’t say this site is perfect but it is ready to send out to see if this is a direction we should go down, as the lighthouse scores are currently showing 100 / 100 for Performance.

There a couple of cool little things, the margins expand with an Intersection Observer and the images also parallax slightly in a way that lets me keep them in the HTML, I don’t like background CSS images, as it means I have a harder time working on responsive image and dropping in the webp images like I have here and without using scroll events to keep the performance up.

Hopefully this becomes something we finish up but for now it’s sitting at https://auksas.nztourguide.co.nz

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Now

After traveling the Western US during the first part of 2019 I’m back n Tahoe City, CA where I jumped in on a studio with a couple of other creatives. Spending most of my days working web development and building on the intersection of the technologies available and the design background I have as I keep seeing work that is not pushing both. I see a lot of good graphic designers stuck in the box model of sites from five years ago so even if the developers are using the new tech they are not doing all it can because they are give box model designs.

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riley bathurst design priest sheetmetal website update for mid 2019

Priest 2019

I have just finished working on an update to the www.priestsheetmetal.co.nz website. The original site was relatively simple, for a company that has been operating sixty plus years in an industry that isn’t hugely technical as the sheetmetal industry is, the fax number is important on the footer, the analytics show more people using the site on desktop than phones but they needed a presence without a large budget and now we are just slowly moving towards something more exciting.

priest 2016 website
Website before the update

The content has slightly updated and we have moved away from a bunch of the text for the site being tied up in the video where it was moving and less readable. Adding more background colors adds hierarchy to the elements of the page in a logical order.

With a relatively small update the site still has elements from foundation running the backend but most of the new elements have been built on CSS grid giving a flexibility with the scaling of the site between phone and desktops.

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crystal mountain competition event

Crystal Comp

Every time I go to the Pacific North West I’m reminded why I want to spend more time there but then the reality of the weather kinda sets back in, yeah the skiers never ran but the snowboarders killed it on the King so that was cool to film.

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