Check out some of my latest websites built from the ground up:
My good friend, Café Aroma owner Hubert Halkin, approached me about redesigning his website earlier this year. I worked with the new manager, Phil Weber, himself a great photographer, and graphic artist extraordinairre Mark Biley, to come up with the design. We wanted something clean and easy to navigate, mobile-friendly, with fast load times. And, of course, it had to be cool. Please take a look!
“Under the Seas, Into the Wild.” One of the most exciting websites I’ve worked on was for Erin O’Neill, because her sea life and wildlife photography is simply fantastic. We found a beautiful WordPress theme to showcase her work, and then came the task of paring down her thousands and thousands of images to a manageable size for the site. The result is spectacular.
When I walked into the Fern Valley Water District office last fall, and asked if they needed a website, Jessica said, “How did you know?” So we began the process of building a site to provide useful information to customers and to showcase the history and current-day practices and features of the district. I worked closely with Jessica and Steve, and we came up with a design that’s both fun and practical.
Photographer / Artist Mallory Cremin called me wanting to upgrade her existing site to showcase her work and to make it more user-friendly. We decided to design it in WordPress, which gives her the ability to go in and upload photos and edit the site herself.
MDP-Idyllwild wanted to upgrade its existing site and make it easier to navigate and more user-friendly. We set it up in WordPress so different people can access the site and work on it, and also so that blog updates can be posted via email. The site, and its sister site, IdyllwildEmergency.com, had to be structured for speed and ease of use, so that when disaster strikes, information can be posted quickly and efficiently, even when linked from a Sat Phone.
Dr. Judi Milin had an existing website that she wasn’t happy with. She wanted a revitalized 1-2 page website to showcase her specific healing techniques and services and to capture the spirit of life in Idyllwild.
Victoria Bailey of Desert Springs Publishing in Indio wanted to create a more contemporary look for her website, desertspringspublishing.com. She wanted people to be able to view sample pages of her books in a large format. The website also features a PayPal shopping cart for purchasing her books. Victoria was referred to me by Judith Way of Idyllwild. I helped Judith with her website for Idyllwild Pilates and Massage. Judith had published a book with Victoria, Wise Women of a Small Village, about the women of Fallbrook, California. (She is currently working on a book featuring the women of the Idyllwild area, Wise Women of a Mountain Village.)
John Drake and Rebecca Frazier of Frazier-Drake, and Bob Smith of the Idyllwild Area Historical Society called me in the spring of 2013 and asked if I would be available to help them build a new website for the IAHS. Frazier-Drake had created some stunning designs in Adobe Photoshop, and needed me to translate and transfer the designs to Adobe Dreamweaver. Bob was the ever-present editor, making sure things came out just so. The result is stunning, a combined effort that turned to gold.
When Mike Ahern needed a website for his new Idyllwild Living Room Gallery on North Circle Drive, he gave me a call. He has a fantastic collection of both local art and art from afar and awide. I wound up photographing all the art in the gallery and creating a brand-new website based on the Photocrati WordPress theme. It came out great!
Dave has been designing fantastic custom homes, additions, and remodels in the Idyllwild area for years. With an artist’s eye, he designs homes to blend seamlessly into the stunning landscape of the San Jacinto mountains. His designs range from elegant rustic to contemporary masterpieces. He has an extensive list of satisfied customers who love not only his designs but his commitment to excellence.
Anne has traveled the world many times with her cameras in hand, photographing everything from Australian cities to Cambodian jungles. Dear to her heart are the children of Cambodia (her photographs of Cambodian children were on display recently at Idyllwild’s Café Aroma as a fundraiser for the Cambodian Children’s Fund). Lately, she has been playing with Instagrams on her iPhone, capturing stylized images of the world in a high-tech iPhone app.
Metal sculptor extraordinairre Dore Capitani and his wife, environmental photographer Trish Tuley, have selected some of their finest creations for inclusion in their website. Dore’s whimsical metal creations, ranging from richly colored musical instruments to great spheres and bigger-than-life aliens adorn the grounds of the Art Garden in Mountain Center (just down the road from Idyllwild) while Trish’s exquisite photographs of Death Valley, Idyllwild.
Lorel’s body of work represents years of artful study, planning and playing with colors, shapes and textures. Each of her creations seems to come with its own personality and character. Some of them even seem to be trying to tell you something funny, or important, or invaluable. Just listen; you’ll figure it out for yourself.
The Idyllwild HELP Center’s mission statement is simply “To Help People In Need,” and they do a great job of that. Helping with food, clothing, and other important services to people who would otherwise be left out in the cold. The HELP Center is supported by the amazingly generous community of Idyllwild and environs, and the efforts of those involved are invaluable.
Friends is a non-profit grassroots conservation group dedicated to preserving the northern San Jacinto Valley, the 10,000-acre San Jacinto Wildlife Area (SJWA), Mystic Lake, and 9,000-acre Potrero Creek Conservation Unit of the SJWA. The SJWA is a core reserve of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan reserve system.
Grandfathers for Golf is a non-profit organization based in San Jacinto, California, whose primary purpose is to reach out to children of need and teach them how to play the great game of golf. Kids who sign up for the program get a hat, a shirt and a set of size-appropriate golf clubs. The program is run by a group of grandfatherly and grandmotherly volunteers. The program is free; however donations are encouraged.