Since early 1996, I've been involved in the design and
construction of a few web sites. It's been interesting to
bring my experience in the design of print manuals,
brochures, newsletters, advertising etc. to this new medium.
And of course, web standards and technologies, browser
capabilities and general trends, change on the web faster
than anywhere else.
The following pages will give you an insight in to some
of the web sites I've personally designed and built, listed
in chronological order:
In November 1996, I was privileged to be chosen as a finalist in
the Microsoft Activate the Internet
The web site design you see here (www.borrett.id.au) was
selected by the Microsoft FrontPage team in January 2001 as
one of the five outstanding personal web sites worldwide that they
had seen built with Microsoft FrontPage 2000. As a result of
this publicity, my web site traffic increased briefly to as many
as 215,000 hits per day.
In the middle of October 2003, solving the Petals Around the Rose puzzle
suddenly became a popular challenge for many
Internet users and this web site has been extremely well
used ever since. By
October 2005, this web site was receiving 53,000 unique
visitors and 3.1 million hits per month.
Tools of the Trade
Over the years I've used a wide range of tools when
building web sites. Currently the software tools I'm using
the most include:
- Etomite Content Management System
- Adobe PhotoShop CS2
- Adobe ImageReady CS2
- Adobe Illustrator CS2
- HTML Tidy
- NoteTab Light
- Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox
- PHP, MySQL and phpMyAdmin
Photos are usually input via my Canon PowerShot S40
digital camera, or my Umax PowerLook II scanner
(1200 x 600 dpi), using MagicScan 4.2 and binuscan
PhotoPerfect Advanced 4.3.
I occasionally use other tools like: CorelDRAW 11;
Adobe GoLive 4; Adobe ImageStyler 1; and Microsoft Visual
InterDev 6. And I'm planning to have a good look at the
Macromedia range of web design products soon.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008