Websites I Made for Writers
This is a big website with a lot information. In their new site, I simplified the navigation to make things easier to find. I used custom codes to automatically show upcoming events on related pages. For example, if there is a blog post about workshops, it will automatically show up on the descriptive page about the club’s workshops, but not on the Speaker Series page.
Because I also create most of the posts for this site, I’ve been able to ensure a consistency of brand with unified colors and fonts.
Emily Leah Silverman
Emily Silverman is a feminist and spiritual scholar. She has written two books, Voices of Feminist Liberation and Edith Stein and Regina Jones. She is planning an interview series of scholarly activists.
Using a video she took of the sunset in San Francisco, I created a one page site with varying layers of transparency.
Heather Haven is a witty and fun mystery writer who loves her cats, so I used these feisty critters throughout the design. I stuck with a red and black color scheme that would complement without competing with her brightly colored books.
Her site is backed with a puzzle/maze background, suggesting the element of mystery. For her main series, I took elements from her cover designs and created images that break out of the frame in various ways. She has several holiday mysteries, and for each one I created a page design that plays with relevant historical holiday photos integrating the red and black maze pattern in different ways. Haven also has a book about her mother’s life in the circus. For this page, I deviated from the color scheme to punch up real photos of her mother from her circus days.
Haven has won quite a few contests and awards, and in making the site I helped her track down the original links and badges for these prizes.
Laurie Panther is an educator who has written a memoir about overcoming trauma and grief. The only survivor in a large family, much of her biography centers on growing up in a racially diverse home in Berkeley in the 60s and 70s. So for her website, I used funky, bold, retro fonts and the muted colors of beatnik fashions.
Al Sandine has written three sociology books, but for his new project he has leapt into uncharted territory with a novel in a fantasy world with sentient bears. The website lures you into the book by first introducing you to the characters and then inviting you to experience an excerpt. Since brown bears would come into the imagery in some way, it made sense to use a color scheme that made use of brown, and I complemented this with a cool blue, so the site wouldn’t look too muddy.
Dr. Robert Sieben had already written several successful medical self-help books before he set out to help homeowners prevent and prepare for wildfires. Living in Hiller Highlands, the epicenter of the catastrophic 1991 firestorm, Sieben has become devoted to spreading the word on this topic. His site colors are fire engine red and a blue picked from the sky on the cover of his book.
Henry Hitz has recently retired from running an Oakland nonprofit for teachers. He writes shameless and daring political thrillers. His first book centers on the Jamestown massacre and the murder of Harvey Milk…his second book is too scandalous to publish in his own name!
Henry wanted a traditional blog-style layout. Because he is well-connected on Facebook, I removed the standard WordPress comments and substituted Facebook comments instead. One can easily comment on his blog, and have the comment show up on Facebook as well, just by checking a box.
Websites for Other Professionals
For additional work samples, see my design portfolio on Behance.