A good friend and rising poet, Jasmine Reid, came to me for a website to promote her work and herself. I realized that Jasmine would need a Content Management System, and took on the project using WordPress. The finished product is a fully responsive website created through Wordpress, featuring an archive of poems, appearances, homepage feeds, and a contact form.
After consulting Jasmine on the website’s goals and doing some competitive research of other creatives' websites, I finalized a sitemap and a list of features. I then put together a some wireframes for a single-page site with some secondary pages. As Jasmine wanted to promote her work by having a single place on the site that would house her poetry, and also her appearances and readings, I designed the wireframes with homepage feeds. Jasmine also wanted people to get in touch with her easily, so I made sure to include a contact form.
After consulting with Jasmine about her personality and identity as a poet, I produced a visual identity through a few iterations. In addition to the font and color scheme, I created a vector illustration of a sunflower as the favicon as well as thumbnails for the poems.
Once the visual identity and style guide were approved, I worked on incorporating the colors, type, and style with the wireframes to create the visual designs of the site.
With the visual designs ready, I got working in WordPress. I bought the Uncode theme, and proceeded to manipulate it using custom CSS and WordPress plugins to match the site to the visual designs as closely as possible. I created custom post types for Poems and Appearances, so that Jasmine can easily upload any upcoming appearances or new poems.
In order to set up the live site, I had to learn some IT skills to host the site through Google Cloud Bitnami. After helping Jasmine decide on a punny and clear domain name of "reidjasmine.com", I set up the hosting service and an SSL certificate to create a secure HTTPS site (relying on the documentation provided by Google Bitnami). Click here to check out the site.