Simple is a loaded word but it is often used by people to describe the type of site they want. Simple is hard and simple is nuanced. Starting from the simplest possible foundation, any site will need: some branding, a description, and contact details.
From the tech side, one interpretation of simple is for websites that are static. Static sites are inherently fast and secure. They may not include a control panel for site owners to manage their content – though it’s not quite as simple as that…
As an enthusiastic proponent of basic and agile processes, I’ve created an open-source template which you’re welcome to use if you’re comfortable with some code.
Below are projects that include simple sites, but many were superseded later on by sites with a CMS.
Grace colours and cuts hair. When she recently set up on her own, she needed a simple website to show what she does.
More info on Rinsed
A portfolio website for Peter Salem, an internationally recognised composer for ballet and screens.
More info on Peter Salem
Flex is revolutionising how employers find the right candidates and how job seekers can show off what they’re really capable of. They do this with gaming data.
More info on Flex
Website and workflow for a podcast about artists and their materials.
More info on Materially Speaking
Microsite for the holidays to accompany Price & Myers rebranding and new website.
More info on Advent for Price & Myers
A Profound Waste of Time is a magazine on video game culture that was initially launched as a Kickstarter campaign.
More info on APWOT
A “business card” site for a PR and marketing consultant. Created primarily to accompany the email address they use.
More info on Stephen Toal
Colourful brochure site created in a half-day for a freelance administrator and personal assistant.
More info on Lizzie Firbank
A “business card” site for a press relations consultant. Created primarily to accompany the email address they use.
More info on Matt Vines Consulting
Static site for a social media and customer service consultant working from Margate.
More info on Leonie Stebbing
Design and build of a portfolio site to showcase the music they source and license for advertising agencies.
More info on Theodore
A single page website for actress and writer Zoe Mills which has replaced an out-dated and uneditable Joomla site.
More info on Zoe Mills
Four film documentary series by director Anne Hollowday about The Society for Model and Experimental Engineers.
More info on The Makers of Things
Open source website template for a simple site. Static, responsive, fast and no build process.
More info on Simple site
Single page site for a ceramicist with navigation links ‘jumping’ visitors down the page.
More info on Elly Wall
A supremely basic site for an organic tofu maker working from a small kitchen in East London.
More info on Clean Bean
Portfolio website for a photographer working solely with medium format film.
More info on Jason Orton