Design - Makeovers - Showcase - Latest Work - Mark Carter - Web Designer

A series of recent layouts, mostly created as exercises in design and branding, though sometimes as prospective designs for upcoming site makeovers.

These designs provide a snapshot of my current work and design vocabulary.

Prospective Design for the Indigo Racing Website

Prospective design of the Indigo Racing website created as a makeover exercise. The design centers on a fictional racing team and luxury hotel brand.

The design style combines the glamour and excitement of F1 racing with the elegance of Indigo Hotels.

Prospective Design for Backpackers Travel Insurance Website

A design for a prospective Backpackers Travel Insurance website, again created as a stylistic exercise.

The design features grunge elements, nature imagery, and a central visual image and tagline which aims to create empathy in the target audience.

Prospective Design for Chotrul Music Website

A prospective design for an upcoming debut album release for Electronica music band Chotrul.

The design features distinctive typography, a largely monochromatic palette, and a minimalist 'flat' look. The front page design shows how MP3's and news items about the band would be presented.

Prospective Design for an Islamic Review Website

A design for the homepage of a Quarterly Islamic Review website, created as a stylistic exercise.

The design features a strong image, with subtle stylistic accents and an emphasis on typography. The design seeks to communicate on an emotional level, with the simplicity of the layout supporting and complementing the power of the imagery.

Prospective Design for a Gothic Community Website

A design for the home page for a prospective Gothic Community Website, created as a stylistic exercise.

The design is for a niche community, and features appropriate colours, typefaces and graphic elements appropriate for the Gothic scene. The home page features a lot of content, so layout is designed to keep that content clear and easy to scan.

Prospective Design for a Dating Website

A design for a sign-up page for a prospective Dating Website, created as a stylistic exercise.

The design is pitched at the general dating market, with a romantic rather than erotic emphasis. The overall style is fresh and clean with a pastel colour scheme, helping support the twin notions of potential romance and trust / security.

Prospective Design for Winter Sports Travel Insurance Website

A design for a prospective Winter Sports Travel Insurance website, created as a stylistic exercise.

The design style centers on a bold image and colour scheme in an open layout. The open sky, choice of photo, and a minimalist design would create a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. The text and form elements are given a more edgy alignment, and water-like motif's are utilized around headers and buttons.

Prospective Design for a Poetry Website

A design for a prospective website - Plunge into Poetry, created as a stylistic exercise.

The design style centers on a bold image and colour scheme in an open layout. The open sky, choice of photo, and a minimalist design would create a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. The text and form elements are given a more edgy alignment, and water-like motif's are utilized around headers and buttons.

Alternative Prospective Design for Chotrul Music Website

A prospective design for a website for Electronica music band Chotrul.

This design features the usage of a distinctive typeface alongside a symbol which would form a core element of the bands brand. Imagery is rich and colour saturated, accentuated by black backgrounds and a largely monochrome palette outside of the key image. Again the homepage design would feature MP3 download and news updates.

Prospective Design for D-Zone Lifestyle Website

Currently working on a design for D-Zone - a prospective Lifestyle Website, created as a stylistic exercise.

* note: this design is not completed *

The design style centers on a bold image and colour scheme in an open layout. The open sky, choice of photo, and a minimalist design would create a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. The text and form elements are given a more edgy alignment, and water-like motif's are utilized around headers and buttons.

Makeover for the Drakefield Insurance Services Website

A redux design of the Drakefield Insurance Services website.

The design style utilizes strong imagery to project the core brand values of the company. Key areas of the business are highlighted in the three lower content areas.

Comparison of the reworked design with the current website

Brand reworking for the 1Stop Travel Insurance Website

Work in progress reworking of the branding for this travel insurance website. This is a design comp for the site showing the overall look and feel.

The design of the existing website which I inherited from a previous designer was the starting point for reworking the brand. The new design keeps the colour scheme based around the logo and gives it a more modern Urban Vibe type of feel. The result is increased movement and vibrancy, and a much more sophisticated design feel.

Comparison of the reworked branding with the existing website

Alternative Makeovers for De Facto Software

These are the two designs proposed for a redesign of De Facto Software's website. Each consists of a home page design and inner page design. The ideas are presented with full separation of design and content (XHTML and CSS) in mind. Both would have a jQuery controlled sliding DIV panel (or Flash alternative) on the home page.