My Kind of Book

My Kind of Book is a social enterprise promoting books and sensory storytelling for children with additional needs.

I’ve worked with founder, Ailie Finlay, since My Kind of Book was a twinkle. Early on I set up a WordPress.com blog where Ailie posted sensory storytelling ideas and recommendations for good books.

As plans for the business developed, I worked on the design and build of a new site based on an accessible WordPress theme, incorporating and developing the new branding and specially commissioned illustrations. Since then, the website has had a number of developments:

  • bookshop
  • e-newsletter sign-up
  • donations form
  • Accessible Book & Story Festival feature page

This has been a wonderfully collaborative and organic project. Along with website design consultation, I’ve provided support on web-friendly content, improving findability using categories and tags, creating accessible PDFs and privacy good practice.

Working with Alison from Stuff and Content is always a completely positive experience. During the process of developing my new website and online shop Alison always listened to me really carefully and took care to make sure she understood exactly what I was wanting.

She is calm, quick and efficient. She is also highly skilled and I am really delighted with the work she has done for me – she always gets content exactly right and the design of my new website and shop matches my vision in every way.

Ailie Findlay

Founder, My Kind of Book

Bannocks & Ballads

Marie Louise Cochrane has been telling and creating stories and songs around food for over 15 years. Recently she became particularly interested in the place of grains and bread in Scottish culture, and decided that she wanted to share what she had been finding.

She came to me with a digital pile of songs, stories and traditions, looking to establish a website as a lasting resource for anyone interested in the stories and lore of bread.

I set up a small site on wordpress.com, choosing a template design that was in tune with the project and the illustrations she had commissioned. Then I set about organising the pile, creating types of resource with tags to pull everything in place on themed pages.

Marie Louise can add a tradition, song, story, storyteller, recipe or memory and easily place it onto the appropriate page or pages by checking a few boxes.

Bannocks & Ballads website homepage

bannocksandballads.com

Alison has created visually appealing, easy to navigate websites for me, and calmly and generously helped develop ideas and navigate technical issues along the way. I warmly recommend her.

Marie Louise Cochrane

Storyteller

Paul Furneaux: printmaking artist

Paul Furneaux is an established artist and printmaker who has been exploring traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques (mokuhanga) for more than a decade. His works are an abstraction and distillation of his contemplations of the landscape.

He had an old-style website that was difficult to get updated. With an exhibition on the horizon, he was looking for a new website, complete with a visual catalogue of his recent work.

The backlog of new images to include was large, so we took the opportunity to look into the themes underlying his work, to create categories for use in their display. We also established a set of information that would be added to each image.

I then set up a WordPress artist blog, taking an existing theme and paring it back to its simplest form, to display Paul’s work with minimal distraction.

I also added an events calendar that appears on the site when Paul has one or more exhibitions or workshops coming up.

Paul Furneaux website homepage

paulfurneaux.com


The site was built using WordPress and is hosted by Siteground.