Design Work

Client Work: Ebury Home & Garden Website and Store

Online store Ebury Home & Garden is the brainchild of product and fashion stylist Hannah Gooch, who I’d recently worked with on Gooch & Gawler

The site was set up in 2011 with the intention offering a carefully curated collection of high quality homewares, with a refined colour palette and a range of handmade, recycled and recyclable pieces. Hannah approached me with a view to rebuilding the site alongside her branding update, making things a lot more manageable behind the scenes and improving the overall user experience.

As with Gooch & Gawler, Hannah had a clear idea on how things should look, and after discussion about the key areas the site should feature she provided initial designs for each section. Since the product images were so visually striking (again thanks to Sarah Gawler’s superb photography) simplicity was key, so the website implementation needed to be clean, efficient and unobtrusive.

An installation of the flexible Jigoshop ecommerce plugin was combined with a custom WordPress theme. Jigoshop is a powerful system capable of handling orders from start to finish, keeping track of stock levels and transactions along the way. The basic store was then further tweaked and enhanced with additional templates and custom development to meet requirements.

The final Ebury Home & Garden online shop is free from any unnecessary clutter, extremely easy to browse, and packed with lots of large photos that really show off the products to the max. Hannah’s blog runs alongside the store, and the site is rounded off with information pages and a portfolio gallery.

Take a look at some screenshots from the finished product, or alternatively have a nose around the live site here!

Details

Website: WordPress ecommerce and custom theme development.
Original Design: Ebury Home & Garden
Fonts: Helvetica Neue Pro® (Linotype)

Design Work · Helpful Things

Good enough to eat? Honeywell Bakes website and store

Following on from designing the logo, the Honeywell Bakes website made its debut at the end of last year, complete with gingerbready festive goodness!

Having already worked with Rosie and Rebecca from Honeywell Bakes on their logo, I had a pretty good idea of the sort of thing they were after with their website… Friendly, a little bit quirky, a distinctive personality and lots of great big photos (courtesy of Rebecca) showing the sisters’ baking skills off to the max. Add to that a hand-drawn street scene from the pen of Lydia of Hand Drawn Maps and the site almost designed itself!

A mix-and-match selection of hand-drawn fonts were chosen to give a friendly and welcoming face to the site, along with a few choice doodles.

The full-width gallery gave Rebecca’s fantastic photos plenty of room to shine, with editable captions styled to complement the rest of the site.

One of the main requirements was that people could order online through the site, so WordPress Ecommerce was set up, styled to fit with the rest of the site, and filled up with a range of cookies, cakes and personalised baked gifts.

Of course no WordPress-based website would be complete without a blog, and Honeywell Bakes is no exception with recipes, hints and tips from the girls, along with Facebook and Pinterest feeds, social sharing links and picture-by-picture pinning if you spot something you like!

Has that got your mouth watering? Then head over to the Honeywell Bakes website for more biscuity treats!

Details

Website: WordPress custom theme with WordPress Ecommerce plugin

Design: Swash and Fold

Illustration: Lydia Bevan at Hand Drawn Maps

Fonts: Taluhla, Travel Diary, Carrotflower