50 Balmy Law P.C. website

50 Balmy Law P.C.

50 Balmy Law P.C. is a San Francisco based law firm specializing in legal services for the arts, entertainment, and nonprofits. The new 50 Balmy website expands on existing content, outlining their expertise.

The redesign goes big and bold with photography corresponding with client work and services the firm offers. Pages are coded to include image sliders or static images with one or two columns.

Three special sections were created: a firm personnel directory, a practice areas catalog, and a portfolio of notable work. Each has an overview page which is automatically updated from individual entries to make updating the site quicker and easier. Practice areas and notable work overview pages includes titles and excerpts of their individual articles linking to full articles on each individual page. Personnel overview page includes staff names, job titles, headshots, and photo credits with links through to individual profile pages.

Photo galleries, based on the native WordPress gallery, are featured on the Clients page and the Balmy Alley page. The Client gallery presents logos in a variety of images in similar formats. Like the site as a whole, the galleries use responsive design.

Lekha Writing Center website

Lekha Writing Center

Lekha is a writing school and children’s book publisher in San Jose, California.

To coincide with Lekha Writing Center franchising its programs, the original site content is split into a corporate/publishing site and a writing center site.

The design balances the professionalism of the organization with the fun, creative environment they provide. Round-cornered boxes echo the Lekha logo and give separate spaces for each of their varied offerings.

Goals for the new Lekha Writing Center websites included creating a program catalog, adding a blog for making regular content updates, and creating franchise location sites including all that’s needed for a franchisee to run their own locations.

At the core of the redesign is a custom program catalog. With filters to find programs by grade, track, or schedule, users easily find programs to suit their individual needs.

Site management began with Lekha’s previous HTML/PHP site. Incremental changes were made to that design to create a smooth visual transition to the new site.

Lekha Writing Center has events going on throughout the year. Creating content updates are critical to keeping clients engaged. Email communications, online advertising, and social channels are used to find and stay connected with clientele.

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Program Notes website

San Francisco Lyric Chorus

San Francisco Lyric Chorus receives many requests from other choruses to reproduce their program notes. The Chorus needs to make their program content easily accessible to choruses and engaging to the community as a whole.

Composer biographies are given the highest priority presentation, as the first main menu item and the only content type displayed on the front page of the site. The blog-style front page displays excerpts of composer biographies along with a photo of the composer, where available. A featured content space spotlights one of the composers. Works are the next priority, as the second main menu item.

Authors and bibliographies are linked internally as related content on individual composer biographies and articles about individual compositions.

Composer, author, work, and bibliography entries are represented in four separate sections. Each group has their own directory, custom coded to automatically add and alphabetize new entries of each type.

The title and other descriptive information are displayed before the entry along with a featured image, when available. Each type of content uses a slightly different page layout for individual articles according to which content needs to be displayed. For instance, a composer or author article includes a birth date and perhaps a death date, while a work or bibliography does not.

Relationships between articles are displayed at the bottom of each individual post. Composer or author posts have links to that composer’s or author’s works. Work posts include links to the composer and, if applicable, the author. All three page types link to bibliographies, where available.

The SFLC Notes site is built on WordPress’ Twenty Twelve theme, using the color scheme of the main Lyric Chorus site. Additional design supports the custom directory pages, single entry sections and the featured content section on the front page.

Because site content is maintained by volunteers, the administration panels have to easily enable users to access custom functions. Each type of content (composer, author, etc.) has its own creation space along with custom fields for their specific content. Custom fields are carefully arranged, labeled and described to maximize the user’s ability to update the site with a minimum of prior WordPress experience.