Skills and experience
Since discovering the World Wide Web I've had a fascination with understanding how websites work and making my own. Starting web design as a hobby I self-taught myself to code (X)HTML and CSS along the way.
In 2013 I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Web Design and since have been busy designing, coding and building websites for a diverse range of clients including small businesses, clubs, non-profit organisations and local government.
I design and build digital brand identities using websites, online forms, social media, analytics, search engine optimisation and accessibility testing.
My favourite tools for design and prototyping are Adobe XD, Illustrator, Photoshop, Visual Studio Code, SharePoint Online, 123 Form Builder, Squarespace, Elementor and WordPress.
Below are a few of my favourite personal projects which while a little old now I'm still super proud of!
Swindon Radio Controlled Model Car Club
2013 - 2014
To promote and provide an online presence for a local club and their permanent all-weather race track I built a website and supporting Facebook group. They provided information on upcoming events, race results, photos and reports from previous events, car setup guides, downloadable membership forms, plus links to related websites.
Priorities designing the website were to ensure it was scalable for future growth, easy to use, fast at loading and able to be viewed by a wide range of web browsers and devices. Navigation was kept simple with primary links above sponsor logos to the left of the main content, along with well-defined section headers, links and concise text.
Appropriate page names, section titles, meta-tags, image sizes, page layout, and unique content were used to aid search engine optimisation (SEO).
2007 - 2010
Initially started as web based race blog following the construction and racing of my Losi Mini-T, the blog to my surprise caught on with a small loyal band of interested followers.
Quickly evolving from a simple blog into a fully-fledged web site with a UK focus, it offered something that couldn't be found elsewhere. To further the uniqueness, most of the content was completely original being created by myself, which included product reviews, setup guides, plus over one and a half thousand photos taken from race meetings I'd participated in across the country. Many of the race reports I'd written were also reprinted in RC Car Racer and Radio Race Car International magazines.
During 2008-09 the site hosted race results and championship tables for the official BRCA Micro National Series which I won in the 2WD class.
1999 - 2004
My first website and by far the most popular, largest, fun and fondly remembered I've created to date.
My objective throughout the site's life was to have the largest most comprehensive Louise resource on the web, which after countless hours I accomplished. It went through many re-designs as I gained confidence, learnt how to program, plus added more content, so was always kept very fresh and evolving.
The site gained a loyal and supportive user base during its time online, being voted a Dotmusic/BT Digital Music Awards 'Top 1000 Music Web Sites' nominee in 2001 (#481), 2002 (#308) and 2004 (#433). Further accolade was received in 2003 when it became one of only two ever 'Louise approved' fan sites by Positive Records, along with being featured in 'Web User' and 'It's On The Net' magazines, and also mentioned on BBC Radio One's Chris Moyles' Show.
At the time the site achieved a no.1 ranking for the keywords 'Louise', 'Louise Nurding' and 'Louise Redknapp' in all major search engines.