It was a few weeks ago, when my friend Kieren who I had previously made a design for his Non-Stop-Tech site rambled to me drunk on Messenger about some kind of Celica website. After I finally got the gist of the idea, that he had become some kind of walking billboard for a Celica car club he had joined and wanted to make a website, I decided “of course I’ll be in this as well”.
I instantly had an idea in my head, as it was a website for a car club which often engages in road trips, I wanted to identify a map on the main page. Also at the time I had just finished looking through various older designs I had made, and was inspired by one to make it similar in design to it.
I didn’t have to design any graphics as my friend took charge in making the logo. I just had to code the main design. As well as coding anything which was required to set up the forums or other things.
I never talked to the guy who accuracy wanted the site done, however through my friend I was encouraged to have the design colours red and black. I was also told through various stages if it was going good or something like that.
However through the design process a few suggestions and ideas from the person who wanted the site did flow down to me which was then implemented. Somewhere put in, but then removed as it just didn’t look right, or we ended up doing something a little bit different.
The majority of the content for the site was also created by my friend, who mixed and matched various stuff he had lying around from the Admin of the club. Also a few design changes where implemented due to the content. (For example I added in backquote css and other css calling tags for various functions).
A few problems occurred when trying to figure out forum software for the site. Mainly due to the requirement to have the wordpress and forum login information merged. Many of the plugins tried no longer worked with the current versions of the software, or where just plan hard to use.
Overall the feedback from both helping my friend construct the site from what he imputed as well as from the Admin of the group was reality good.
The site is up on my friends website at http://celica.non-stop-tech.com/ check it out there. (or you can view the site, always on trinest.com by clicking here, note: this version is a development version and may contain elements which have not been used in the final design.)