NRL Clubs Desktop - Interface Design
Sept 2013 - Jan 2014
With the client moving all club site to a new CMS, they wanted to refresh the interface.
So I was brought back in to redesign all club (and two state) websites – bringing them closer to the NRL.com interface that I had produced earlier in the year.
The layout allows for just enough space between elements and clear labelling of modules (as these screens can get visually busy with all those promotions!).
So right now just about all NRL websites - desktop and mobile have been designed by yours truley.
The build of these sites (CSS and dev) was handled by the internal project team.
NRL Clubs Mobile Sites - Design and front-end code
After redesigning all 16 NRL club sites and mobile apps in 2012 it was time to redesign the mobile websites for all 16 clubs (as well as the NSWRL and QRL sites).
The layout and design was heavily based on the pre-seeding NRL.com mobile interface.
Each club had to be tweaked to align with their brand – mostly colours and logos.
The project timeline was counted in days – I think I pulled a hammy in the effort to get it done. Deadlines were met.
The templates for each club were converted into HTML/CSS - using sprites and CSS skins to make updates a little easier down the road.
NRL.com Mobile Site - Design and front-end code
The NRL and Telstra asked me to redesign and code (front-end) the mobile version of NRL.com (after completing the desktop redesign).
Like all things at the new NRL – the interface had to be clean, concise, and easier to use than the last one!
My goal was to keep things as simple as possible – making sure that only clickable things looked like clickable things.
There were about 14 templates I had to design and then convert into HTML & CSS.
There was very little time from go to deadline on this one... needed to take a breath after it was delivered.
Sustainable Advantage - Design, front-end code & CMS
Sustainable Advantage Group Australia commissioned me to create a web presence for their new venture.
As well as the interface design and front-end code, I also installed and customised 'Expression Engine' – my content management system (CMS) of choice for the last 2 years or so.
There were some pretty complex content relationships – the client still gets to update just about everything.
"Well done. You have the patience of a saint! Loving it!" Diana, Sustainable Advantage Group Australia
NRL.com - Interface design
Dec 2012 - Feb 2013
After 3+ years working with the NRL I was commissioned by them (and Telstra) to re-design the NRL.com site.
This website has the highest public profile of any website I have designed in my 12+ year career. It was daunting and exciting.
The big change was to clean up the interface - increase space and present the news and content. Making it easier to digest information.
Working closely with the NRL and Telstra teams, we came up with a pretty nice interface with some cool little tools and interface thingies.
The front-end code was completed by the dev team responsible for the content management system.
This project is still going – there are constant additions, modifications, and promotions (like Tests, Origin etc.). Chances are if it's online and NRL – I probably had a hand in it.
Thanks to the NRL and Telstra for the continued opportunities!
Stackla.com - Interface design & front-end code
Stackla is a social media aggregation tool which showcases the best social conversations around a brand or event.
The guys from Stackla.com knew of my work with the NRL – and were keen to get me involved with the design of their web app and promotional site.
This was a fun project that allowed me to play with the paralax scrolling technique.
"Website looks amazing mate. Everyone we speak to loves it. Great effort."
Peter C, Stackla
Angela Catterns - Interface design, front-end code & CMS
I was referred to radio and television personality Angela Catterns early in 2012. Angela needed a serious update to her online presence.
I was thrilled of course, as I had listened to Angela for many years on Triple J – it was quite something to have a 'real conversation' with that voice.
The new site design was all about capturing Angela's extensive career, talents and current services. And allow communication between Ang and her fans.
My role was to plan & design the interface, all graphics, front-end code and CMS installation. I also built a mobile-lite version of the site.
The site runs the Expression Engine CMS – allowing Angela + team to edit and update text, images and sound files.
NRL 16 Club's iPhone Apps - Interface design
At the same time I was redesigning all sixteen NRL clubs' websites, the NRL commissioned me to redesign all 16 clubs' iPhone apps for 2012.
My job was to design the interface layout, create all graphics and influence functionality.
We had a tight schedule, lots of stakeholders and competing objectives.
The end result turned out pretty well I think – with plenty of positive feedback from the clubs and fans.
"Great improvement over the last app..."
"Job well done guys on the latest version of the app, much better than the last one! looks great and love the layout!!"
"Easy to use. Easy to navigate around..."
"Worth the wait."
From iTunes reviews.
NRL 16 Club's websites - Design & front-end code
The NRL commissioned me to redesign all 16 clubs websites in late 2011. The existing sites were about three years old, and needed a re-think and rebuild.
The design process was a tricky one – there were a fair few competing requirements: aesthetics, commercialisation, usability as well as content and functional limitations.
My main goal was to create a consistent, club-branded interface that lifted the quality of the online NRL club network.
I worked closely with the digital team at the NRL – who were keen to push-through new design and content ideas.
The final designs were welcomed by the NRL, content partners & clubs. I then set about writing the HTML and CSS for the many templates and club variations.
The clubs are now in control of their sites – they can create and edit all sorts of interface elements (some more successfully than others).
"Mate just wanted to drop you a quick line and thank you for all of your efforts throughout the year. Although you're out there in the Blue Mountains you’ve been a valuable part of the team here and I'm really excited seeing what is coming out of your office with the new club designs."
Chris R, NRL