Specialist in UX/UI, Branding and Responsive Web Development.
The Beauty Group was a small startup company providing online beauty
courses and tutorials. Commisioned to provide a logo and website design,
this template was my initial submission.
Realising the importance of an online presence, ‘The Beauty Group’, contacted the college where I studied to comission a student to design and build a company website, and to submit ideas for the companies new brand direction. The company specialised in online beauty courses and turorials, meaning the website needed to be elegant in it’s design, and modern in it’s build, operating across all modern platforms and browsers.
The brand needed to be beautiful and momorable. It also needed to be flexible enough to sit comfortably with different colour schemes within different mediums of print like, magazines, flyers, buisness cards and other promotional material.
Given that I was comissioned to submit visual design solutions, there was no initial need for wireframing and user testing. Competitor research however was crucial to gain a sense of what this particular market demanded from its branding and design. It was clear that beautiful, and more importantly professional imagery was paramount for a website like this. Google Fonts ‘Open Sans’ font was chosen for its elegant, modern style.
As with all of my projects The Beauty Group template is a fully responsive design.
The initial Beauty Group brand had a good degree of flexibilty. Unfortunately the company never came to fruition so development of the brand and website stopped here.
During my time at Edudoc my main role was to design and build the interface for thier flagship product 'Sembly'. Sembly is an online Learning Management System, and by its nature needed to be as simple and user freindly as possible. Below are the main component intefaces from version 1.
Learning Management Systems are one of the newest concepts in the SaaS industry. Sytems like Moodle, Edmodo, Blackboard are fast becoming adopted in third level education, utilising the online world to help organise and maintain curriculum information and structure. With much research it became clear these technologies catered soley for third level education, and that secondary level was an open market for a new LMS. Teenagers more than anyone build their whole lives around the internet and it is inevetable that their education will soon rely on these technologies.
The solution was to build a new Learning Management System that was easy to use, and provided the tools the teachers needed to make reduce the burdens of the administrative and organisational aspects of their jobs. We interviewd many teachers from schools all over Dublin to find out what they would expect from new system lke this, and what their worries would be adopting an LMS to aid in the classroom environment.
Teachers wanted to be able to create and organise classes and timetables, upload and grade assignments and homework, add resources to aid the students, monitor the students progress and communicate with them and other teachers.
Students should be able to access the information created by their teachers in a simple and reliable way, utilising their smart phones to use the Sembly App to recieve alerts and notices when content is added or modified by the teacher.
Here is an example of some of the wireframing showing the userflow of the Sembly App, which would be used by students to access their classes information.
Once enough information was gathered from teachers and students, wireframes were created for every section of the software. Photoshop and Illustrator were used to create the graphics and Invision was used for prototyping.
Letz Go City Tours is a new Dublin tour company. They provide a wide range of walking and bus tours operating in Dublin, London, New York and Paris, showcasing each of these cities top tourist attractions. I was commisioned by the company to design, build and maintain the company website.
Due to the nature of a city tour company it is safe to assume that most of Letz Go's customers would be using the website on mobile devices. For this reason it was particularly important for Letz Go City Tours to be fully responsive and operational on all devices and browsers.
I was asked by a software developer from Master Card to submit a logo design for a new software application 'Master Scan', which was developed to operate internally within the companies systems. His directors liked my ideas and the design shown here was chosen.
The Master Scan application contains a subset of applications each with its own name and function. An icon set was needed to represent each item within the main application interface.
More info coming soon.
I'm Paul Gilligan, a front end web developer with a flare for design, a nack
for code, and passion for all things web.
Me with another of my passions, just cuz.