Simple Websites

Simple is a loaded word. It is often used by clients to describe the type of website they want but simple is hard and simple is nuanced.

From a client’s point of view, they will need to have on their site: some branding, a description of what they do, and contact details along with opening hours.

From the tech side, one interpretation of simple is for websites that are static. Static sites are fast and do not typically have a control panel for owners to manage their content – though it’s not quite as simple as that…

I’m such a fan of these that I’ve even created an open-source template. This has an explanation of the benefits of this approach along with instructions for doing it yourself.

digital advent calendar with 01-11 revealed and 12-16 hidden

Microsite for the holidays to accompany Price & Myers rebranding and new website.
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Screenshot of A Profound Waste of Time website showing two magazine covers

A Profound Waste of Time is a new magazine on video game culture that was initially launched as a Kickstarter campaign.
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Sometimes it’s useful to have your name as a website.
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Homepage of Clean Bean showing a packaged block of tofu

Website for an organic tofu maker working from a small kitchen in East London.
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Screenshot of Elly Wall Ceramics website as it appears on a desktop screen

Single page site for a ceramicist with navigation links ‘jumping’ visitors down the page.
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Static website created for a classical pianist using embedded Soundcloud players.
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Screenshot of photographer Jason Orton's homepage as it appears on a desktop screen

Portfolio website for a photographer working solely with medium format film.
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Homepage of Jim Dixon Tiling with diagonal lines

A quick project to create the first website for a new tiling business.
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Homepage of Laura McDermott

Single page text-only site created in two hours for an arts producer.
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homepage of Leonie Stebbing with a white background and bright pink accents

Static site for a social media and customer service consultant working from Margate.
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Screenshot of Lisa Gornick's previous website

Single page text-only site for an artist and filmmaker.
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Screenshot of Lizzie Firbank's white and orange website

Colourful brochure site created in a half-day for a freelance administrator and personal assistant.
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homepage of Matt Vine with dark background and light type

A “business card” site for a press relations consultant. Created primarily to accompany the email address they use.
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Screenshot of journalist Rebecca Armstrong's website

Single page text-only site for a journalist
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Her name on the page with a neon glow when you hover.
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Screenshot of simple website with text and two images

Open source website template for a simple site. Static, responsive, fast and no build process.
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homepage of Stephen Toal with a dark blue background and bit of white type

​A “business card” site for a PR and marketing consultant. Created primarily to accompany the email address they use.​
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Desktop screenshot of documentary film series The Makers of Things

Four film documentary series by director Anne Hollowday about The Society for Model and Experimental Engineers.
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Pastel coloured homepage of simple website for Theodore music licensing

Design and build of a portfolio site to showcase the music they source and license for advertising agencies.
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Screenshot of theatre company Word Mills' website

Four page static site for theatrical production company.
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Zoe Mills homepage with a headshot and some text

​A single page website for actress and writer Zoe Mills which has replaced an out-dated and uneditable Joomla site.​
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