Echo Stories

Echo Storytelling Agency

Formerly known as Echo Memoirs, Echo Storytelling Agency hired us to help them with the development and the launch of their new website. Echo has been crafting award-winning stories since 1999 and the work that they do, required a website revamp. The old website was small, difficult to update and didn’t look good on tablets and phones. In addition, their work now expands to much more than books and thus the new company name.

Pound & Grain were hired to design a new visual concept for Echo and we converted their design into a WordPress theme. The website is simple but contains different types of content per page. As a result, Advanced Custom Fields were widely used and multiple slideshow were integrated. Delightful and compelling images are found throughout the site and content was revised to better suit this new layout. The blog posts were also updated with large featured images to create a compelling visual layout.

Although carousels and sliders are easy to set up with ACF, the different types of slideshow required proved to be challenging. In the end slick.js proved to be a great plugin to use and we were able to get the desired effects. The timeline, which proved to be our biggest challenge was set up simply by creating images for each step. As a result each step is easy to update and additional ones will equally be easy to add as the story of this wonderful company continues.

Blood Centers of America

Blood Centers of America

Blood Centers of America is a member-owned organization comprised of over 50 member independent blood centers geographically dispersed throughout North America, providing more than 30% of the U.S. blood supply.

The team at the BCA required a new website with a mobile strategy that was easy to use and maintain. Working with the team at Pencilneck, I assisted them in creating a WordPress site. An elegant design was created by Studio Think, which I converted into a WordPress theme and the more complex functionality, such as the blood center location map was built and customized by the Pencilneck team. This project was a great team effort and the result is a sophisticated website that looks great on all platforms.


Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society

I lived in Yaletown for over 8 years and loved taking the Aquabus over to Granville Island, especially when the Children’s Festival was on. The boat was always packed to the brim with children excited and happy to be going to the festival.

The reaction of the kids heading there was highly enjoyable so I was thrilled when Raised Eyebrow asked me to work on their new website re-design. Not only would I be helping a fantastic organization but I’d be working on a fun design, full of delightful colours and images.

Designs created by Raised Eyebrow are always well thought out, making their projects a pleasure to work on. This one was no different and the result is a delightful, elegant, and informative website. The WordPress theme includes a calendar of events and we started off using a Calendar plugin, but found it too cumbersome and buggy, so switched to Advanced Custom Fields and my colleague, Andrew Baxter used his PHP skills to display events in a very elegant manner.


Push Festival

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts.

I had the pleasure of working with Denim & Steel on this project and helped out laying out the ground work for this new website.

Denim & Steel worked with Push Festival on curating content, restructuring the architecture and refining the functionality. The design was then tackled by Christy Nyiri who not only provided design files, but style guidelines which allowed me to convert them to a WordPress site. I set up the site using existing content, best practices and carefully thought about the best way to lay it out and ensure that the site would be maintainable and easy to update. Once the bulk of the WordPress theme complete, Denim & Steel added the required jQuery and trickier database calls. Overall, the project was a fabulous collaboration.

Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture

Paul Sangha

Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture is a small team of highly talented individuals who have created spectacular projects here in Vancouver and internationally. I first worked with Paul Sangha a few years ago. Working in collaboration with Rhonda Gill at Mizu Creative a WordPress site was developed allowing Paul Sangha’s team to add new projects and update pictures.

Since Paul Sangha’s work is highly visual, each project is professionally photographed and the website’s primary role is to showcase these fabulous photos.

For this website refresh, we wanted to emphasize these photographs even more and opted for full screen photos on the home page and portfolio. The site was also set up as a responsive site to serve visitors viewing it on tablets and phones.

Lift Strategies

Lift Strategies

Jen De Tracey of Lift Strategies, is one of Canada’s Top Marketing Experts. I worked with Jen years ago on her first WordPress site and had the pleasure of collaborating with her on this latest version. Being aware of marketing and usability trends, Jen’s first requirement was to service visitors who use their phones or tablets to read her blog. This led us to freshen up the site by giving it more white space, bigger fonts and re-organize content.

A gorgeous design was created by Matt Stobo who not only came up with a new look, but also carefully thought of the flow of the information on the website which is a big part of usability.

The WordPress site was built using my starter theme as usual and I used fittext on the home page and the page headings. This jQuery plugin makes it very handy for headlines to look great on all devices.


Version One VC

Boris Wertz, a partner at Canadian venture capital firm Version One Ventures and I, have been working together for several years. Throughout this relationship, I’ve had the pleasure of working on various iterations of his website.

This latest project consisted on making the content accessible to all platforms via a responsive design and simplifying the design. Working with Angela and Jason, content was edited and and Jason provided a great design concept allowing much more white space and less clutter.

jQuery isotope was used to set up the portfolio section, allowing us to easily filter between types of projects. This wonderful jQuery plugin is the perfect tool to create layouts that respond well to different screen sizes.

The result is a website that provides clear messaging and puts emphasis on the blog component.


Plugin In BC

Plug In BC is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in British Columbia. It is a broad collaboration between the Province of BC, BC Hydro, the Fraser Basin Council, several academic institutions, regional governments, and over 100 communities and businesses.

The purpose of the Plug in BC website is to serve as a hub of information for existing and future electric vehicle owners. When the Fraser Basin Council approached me to help with their website development they stressed the importance of featuring many different types of content from resources, events, bulletins (posts) and general information.

As a result, the website was developed with several custom content types and taxonomies to easily accommodate these different types of content as well as provide different layouts for each. This makes the site intuitive for both visitors and to administer in the back end.

The design was done in house by the Fraser Basin Council and proved to be a great collaboration exercise. From the very beginning of the project, I worked alongside the in-house designer and provided input and guidance throughout the design and content strategy phase. It was a pleasure to work with such a great team and the final website is delightful.


Publishing @ SFU

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a public research university in British Columbia, offering programs from Accounting to World Literature. Working alongside Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Monique Sherrett, a revised website for the Publishing department was created.

With her passion for everything digital, working with Monique is always a pleasure. Content is always at the for front of any project and this was no exception. Content structure was carefully analyzed, re-organized, reviewed and revised. Based on the new content structure and SFU’s brand guidelines a beautiful design was crafted by Tyler Wilman.

A new WordPress theme was built using Tyler’s design and the usual WordPress  plugins which make working with this CMS such a breeze. The new Publishing @ SFU website will surely assist new students in learning about the various courses on offer and allow them to access it on any device.


River Market

I had the pleasure of working with Christy Nyiri on the River Market website. Christy’s talents are many. She’s a designer, illustrator and developer. Working collaboratively, I set up the bulk of the site, put the majority of the content in place, adjusted the layout to accommodate the various breakpoints, created the required custom post types while she made final CSS adjustments to tighten the grid and refine the design. She also tackled the events section relentlessly an was able to get the Events Calendar plugin to display events as per her design wishes.

Not only was a fun colourful palette applied to the River Market website, the content was re-structured making it’s content easier to find and navigate. The shops located at the River Market were given their own custom post types and isotope was used allowing visitors to filter by category.

As always, the site was optimized for tablets and mobile phones.