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Duck Whistle is the label for my self-employed sole-trader activities, working for local businesses and community groups. See below for examples of my past projects and news.
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I will be taking a sabbatical from November 2015 to work full-time in my other job. During this time, I will be limited to critical and minor website updates.

‘The Vegan Approach’ ported to WordPress

The Vegan Approach on iPad

The Vegan Approach on iPad

I was asked to convert an existing static website to a dynamic WordPress one.

The Vegan Approach had been built in the design tools provided by its hosting company which were difficult to use and slow. I ported the content and a close replica of the design into a new WordPress installation. This way the client can easily create posts for upcoming events, manage images and make changes to the core pages of the site.

Celebrate Festival poster 2014

Celebrate Festival 2014 poster

Celebrate Festival 2014 poster

Annual Whalley Range community festival. This year I have been handing over my design and media role as I have moved away from the area, so this is probably my last poster for Celebrate, after contributing since 2006. I have already handed over the responsibility of the printed programme.

Soap Pod 2013

As part of Tell Us Another One by Cartwheel Arts, I was asked to design a webpage for their Soap Pod project.

Soap Pod on an iPad

Soap Pod on an iPad

Soap Pod on the desktop

Soap Pod on the desktop

Soap Pod was  an audio soap opera, created by young people in Rochdale.  It was written and directed by young people in Rochdale youth clubs, and performed by professional actors.

I added a new page and custom theme to their existing WordPress site which included native HTML5 audio players (with Flash fall-backs), a simple voting system and an embedded Flickr gallery. It worked on desktop and mobile devices with a responsive design.

Soap Pod on iPhone

Soap Pod on iPhone

Tell Us Another One

A redesign on an existing website about creative writing with Greater Manchester communities.

Tell Us Another One website

Page from Tell Us Another One website

www.tellusanotherone.org

This site has a responsive design where the header stays at the top of the screen and the footer at the bottom when scrolling, unless the user’s screen is too short or narrow, in which case a static design is the fallback.

Other features of the site include a map of story groups and the poems written at each, a featured articles scrolling image carousel on the homepage, article previews when hovering over their titles, and competitions where entries are emailed to the staff behind them.

The site is build on WordPress and features custom post types for various writing resources, links and poems.