Stonebriar Relaunch

— Topic: Design

Stonebriar Community Church

I am happy to report that the redesign of Stonebriar Community Church has gone live. It was designed by Chris Merritt, so all credit goes to him for the amazing visuals. David Lanier was responsible for implementing everything in the enterprise CMS, TYPO3. Last, and certainly not least is the IA + project management guru Jason Reynolds who was the anchor holding this whole project together. That man has the patience of a saint.

Me, I played code monkey and had the privilege of turning Chris’ amazing Photoshop mockups into XHTML and CSS. I also wrote the JavaScript for the site, with the help of jQuery and the innerFade plugin. It was quite a challenge getting all the PNG alpha transparency to work, especially in IE6. This was by far the most richly textured and layered site I’ve coded yet.

For the most part, the site is web standards compliant, with the occasional table or iframe output here and there due to some CMS extensions which were utilized to support legacy content. Overall, I am very pleased with how the site turned out. I am also glad that the Web Empowered Church initiative is working hard to make the next iteration of TYPO3 even better.

Let me again say that the guys involved were great to work with. Countless, humorous Skype chats were had late into the many nights involved in this project. If you’re looking for a designer, PHP ninja, or project-managing IA, I would unreservedly recommend Chris, David or Jason respectively. Depending on the size of your project, you might consider all three!

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