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Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 5:26 am | Comments off

A little while ago, I created a site for the Skylark Motel, but haven't added it to my portfolio until now. It's a basic 3 page site, with a very small, custom CMS for the fishing report section.

Also, I just recently completed a new site for a different local motel named the Island City Inn. It's a very small site, consisting of just one page of text and 3 pages of large-view images, and was put together in under a day's worth of working time (split up over two days).

Both of the sites are quite basic, but I'm happy with the way they turned out. Go ahead and take a look and let me know what you think of either or both of the sites.


November 16th, 2004
7:08 AM | #

I think that the first site looks very similar to the natural variety website that you have in your portfolio. In that regard I think you could have been more divergent. However, I like the design in general, and think it was well done. Even though the diagonal stripes is usually overdone, you do it nicely with the subtleness you gave it: it ads texture without drawing attraction.
I like the second site a lot. I want to say it has a feel to it, but it definately liiks nice. Goodwork!

November 16th, 2004
7:14 AM | #

Wow, I love the second site. I find it much more attractive than the first.

The heading on the first site could've beemn done with an image to maybe give it a cleaner, smoother feel.

Nice job though, a great addition to the portfolio.

Robert Wellock
November 16th, 2004
12:26 PM | #

The contrast is too low - site two - and I never like it when a "Contact Us" isn't supported via a title attribute - site one - thus not warning me it will trigger my e-mail client. Other than that they seem reasonable.

Ronald van der Wijden
November 16th, 2004
1:07 PM | #

Skylark motel:

Overall very nicely done; I didn't even bother going over the code since I expect it to be top notch anyway. I would however have liked to see some sort of - graphical - "Skylark motel" header echoed on all pages (yeah, all three of them!); both "Ken's Guide Service" pages - yes, the weekly fishing report sports the same title - seem slightly separate from the main page.

The Island City Inn:

Again, graphically very appealing, although I would have liked to see a little more width and a little more contrast on the text.

Hey, everybody's a critic...

Best regards,

November 16th, 2004
8:21 PM | #

good work, ryan ... just about right for the size of project ... I don't know what it is about diagonal lines - I just love them ...

only two things - seems like "skylark motel" in the masthead would be better served as a graphic (logo) and the width of the Island City Inn could be widened a bit, but other than that - very good work ...

I need to find some quick, small, easy jobs like this to jump start my portfolio :)

November 17th, 2004
6:25 PM | #

Hey Ryan,

It looks really good. Another great site to add to your portfolio! Good Work...

Ryan Brill
November 17th, 2004
7:00 PM | #

Thanks for the all comments, guys. I don't really plan to re-visit these sites right now, but I'll certainly be keeping some of this in mind for future work, and might fix some of it up if I have a need to go back to the sites.

Chuck - Glad you like the diagonal lines - you'll be seeing more of them in an upcoming project. Oops, did I just let the cat out of the bag? ;)

As for the quick, small, easy projects; you gotta love 'em. Certainly a nice change of pace from larger, corporate work, where everything needs to be just so, and you're under much more of a time crunch. Generally speaking, I've found that most smaller companies are willing to let you have near total creative freedom, which is very nice (not to mention allowing for much higher quality work).

Darice de Cuba
November 18th, 2004
4:19 AM | #

Very nice work. I must say I prefer Skylark motel better. The design fits the kind of motel. Although the Island Inn design is very slick.

I'm also working on a motel site. The website is very simple as they don't have any good graphic materials to work with. Currently I'm coding a reservation system/CMS for them.

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