TescoBaba

Tescobaba.hu is a website for young parents and for those who are looking for their first baby.

Currently the site has 25000+ registered users and the number is still growing. With several new articles a day it will soon become a knowledge base of pregnancy and parental information, if it is not that already. We also have prominent guest authors who regularly publish their articles, generating large numbers in visitor statistics.

New modules like searches and calculators are also added continously to provide as much information as we can.

Behind the Curtain

We had our original design for months but then we had to take over the corporate identity of Tesco Loves Baby. That was a great challenge because Tescobaba.hu is rather a portal with much more elements. The updated design looks better and feels more fresher so I regard that as a positive change.

First we had some concerns using WordPress but after all it turned out that it performed pretty well. Sometimes we scratch its limits but there is always an easy way to accomplish things and that is what makes WordPress beautiful. The site will soon reach its first anniversary and we hadn't got any serious issues with the CMS.

http://www.tescobaba.hu/

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NeptunBrigád

Neptun Brigád is a small theater company playing contemporary art. When they asked me for a website I knew a modern or even unusual look would fit them the best.

Trying out different concepts I was still missing the real thing. The turning point was when I found the Neptune/Posseidon background image - just what the doctor ordered! The design process sped up and the site started coming to life.

To avoid clutter I organized the plays so that each of them appears only once on the home page. Every item comes with a short excerpt and with a review chunk (if any), so they give a brief introduction to the visitors. The Masonry jQuery plugin was used to make the layout look less regular.

On the detail pages images, videos and critics are collected from various performances. Such organization allows easy information lookup and it is just perfect for this kind of content. Much better than having the oldschool Plays, Gallery, Videos and Reviews pages, isn't it?

A new logo was also designed. It is type-only — the "Establo" font I used is so characteristic and recognizable that I felt in love with it instantly :)

Update 2018: the site was moved from WordPress to a static site created with Eleventy. It's blazing fast now and very lightweight.

https://neptunbrigad.hu/

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Letmicro

Letmicro is a T-shirt designer website - now with a brand new look!

Started out as a facelift of an existing project but soon turned into a larger-scale redesign. The customer supplied a well-thought wireframe and functional brief so we could concentrate on the graphics and on the new features.

My role was creating the visual design and the front-end development. I like this kind of combination because there is better control on the final result. We went for a clean, easy-to-digest interface that is unobtrusive but unique. Mission completed?

The site's core functionality, the flash-based Designer was also updated to make it fit into the new look. There are also plans to switch to a JavaScript or HTML5 based Designer in the near future.

https://www.letmicro.com/

DesignSitebuildEmail templates2012

The Portable Freeware Collection

Redesigning TPFC started with a small cosmetic fix but when being at it I couldn't help holding back my ideas.

TPFC is perhaps the corner of the web I visit most frequently. The site maintains the largest collection of portable freeware applications by no doubt. Its forum has a great community with like-minded people, including me.

After sending my early drafts to Andrew Lee (site owner/programmer) he set up a forum topic where we could discuss the details with the community.

The old site had a table-based layout with inline styles and JavaScripts (ouch!). As an active user it was a great challenge to get the most out of it by creating a good-looking, compact interface. Andrew did a great job on developing a compact structure during the years so complex changes were not necessary.

My biggest functional addition was to hide certain elements and make them visible with a toggle link. This way more stuff could be added without making the entry crowded. Screenshots and latest comments are now available without leaving the main listing. A Full/Compact view toggle button was also added to show/hide entry details.

Add/Edit entry pages also went through a bigger transformation:

  • consistent error messages site-wide
  • scroll to missing or erroneous input fields
  • "Test url" buttons to validate typed URLs
  • "Fullscreen edit" feature for distraction-free composing
  • The community of TPFC was also involved. Many user suggestions were built in and they also helped with providing browsing habits and spotting errors.

I'm glad I had the chance to contribute to the site this way. Go TPFC!

https://www.portablefreeware.com/

DesignSitebuild2012

Laura Soria

When photographer Laura Soria asked me for a minimal magazine-style site I was glad to help.

The original design was also very lightweight but I had to further simplify it. It was a good move - Laura's new portfolio is pure, clean and stylish. The black-and-white colour scheme adds an extra contrast and let images shine.

http://laurasoria.com/

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Kézművesovi

You simply can't avoid creating a website for a nursery if your wife is a kindergarten teacher and you are a web designer.

The new site for Törökvész Úti Kézműves Óvoda is primarily an info site for parents, and they can get fresh information directly from the site, rss or newsletter. Graphics establish a colorful nursery feel though I tried not to overdo it.

https://kezmuvesovi.hu

PHPWordPressDesignSitebuild2011