Web Site Portfolio
The selected web sites below have been designed by William T. Ayton and are currently viewable. The list of sites depicted on this page will be refreshed from time to time. The usual disclaimer applies that some of these sites have been modified outside of my control.
Musical Media for Education
Musical Media for Education is an organization that creates original, music based educational resources for students (K-12), school districts, curriculum providers & educational publishing companies. This site was done in regular HTML & CSS, & utilizes includes (HTML modular components pulled in from external files), a slideshow, video, sound files (embedded & via SoundCloud) among other features. I also designed the logo for the site/organization.
James E. Ransome
James Ransome is an artist & children's book illustrator (& husband of writer/editor Lesa Cline-Ransome, featured below). This site was redone from James' old site (which was quite old HTML) in GeneratePress, a publishing system for WordPress. The new site is clean & clear, & features his artwork & illustrations, with galleries for his books, paintings, drawings, collages, videos, etc. The site has plenty of growing room to accomodate new work as it is created & published.
Possibilities Forward is a leadership coaching & consulting firm based in Washington DC. This web site was made in WordPress for ease of editing & also to make it mobile device-friendly via responsive web design (responding to the smaller screens of mobile devices). The site is intended to be attractive, easy to use, and fast-loading. The logo was also created to go with the site.
Lesa Cline-Ransome is a writer and editor based in Rhinebeck, NY. She
is married to the artist and illustrator, James
Ransome, whose web site
I have also worked on extensively. They often collaborate on illustrated
children's books together. Lesa's web site is currently in flux, having
gone from a more "busy" colorful style, to a simpler, cleaner
look with a lot of white space. We have just added a blog feed to the
site, and various other items, including new graphics, will be added
over the coming months.
Fast Forward Fund
[Note: this site was recently redesigned with new layout & color scheme by Amy Anderson (link to follow) & implemented & updated by myself.]
A rapidly devloped and still-evolving site for a youth-driven, social venture fund, directing philanthropic capital to youth-led initiatives for global change.
The site has been developed in CSS for flexibility, and the color scheme has been chosen to reflect and enhance its youth appeal. As the site develops further, it should contain more interactive and animated elements.
I also modified their blog to more closely resemble the web site.
This is a web site for the late illustrator Robert M. Cunningham. It's basically a simple portfolio site, with an introduction and biographical information about the artist.
The portfolio section is divided into Sports, American Landscapes, Bahamas Paintings, Studies and Drawings, Illustrations, Cadaver Drawings, and Prints For Sale, reflecting the scope of Bob Cunningham's work. The gallery pages use "teaser" thumbnail images to invite the viewer to click on the different artworks to see them in full.
The site was commissioned by my friend, the illustrator James Ransome, whose site I also update from time to time.
Pampering Bed & Breakfast
A very small and simple brochure-style site for a local bed & breakfast business. The web site also features an image gallery showing the rooms & facilities inside and outside the house, with attractive seasonal views. Contact information is presented clearly and prominently, and there is an embedded Google map, to help guests find their way to the location easily.
Julia Eilenberg, M.D. Psychiatry
This is a small web site for a local Rhinebeck psychiatrist. The site
is intended to be simple & elegant, reflecting the aesthetic of the site's
owner. Clean design, rich but subdued colors, ease of navigation, etc.
There are relatively few "bells & whistles" on the site — it is a simple,
easy-to-maintain brochure site, done in HTML & CSS.
Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care
A small site for a local medical practice in Kingston, NY. Ophthalmologist
Dr. Robert A. Schumer is an old friend of mine, & when he asked me to
design his new web site, I was delighted. I designed the site, which
is quite small & simple, but very optimized for search engines. I also
designed the eye logo, & created a series of print ads for local newspapers.
There may be other design items in the pipeline.
A small literary press, of which I am the creative/art director. The site is simple & extensible, with elegant and logical design & placement of elements. The layout is all done in CSS. The site should load quickly, work with all current browsers, and be easy to understand.
As the press grows the site is expanding to contain more multimedia elements, such as video clips.
Team Marketing USA
A site designed "from
the ground up", including logo design, animated GIFs, Flash, rollovers
and bright, clear, simple design.
Team Marketing USA is a nationwide, promotional event marketing, management and
staffing agency. They make the connection between clients and consumers to increase
Note: this site was recently redesigned (by myself) with a new, bolder
look, and enhancements such as an animated 3D logo and embedded video.
Nathaniel K. Charny, Attorney-at-Law
A smallish site designed for lawyer Nathaniel Charny, who specializes in employment and workplace law. The site is very simple & restrained, done in CSS to make maintenance easy.
I also modified his blog so that it would more closely resemble his web presence.
This site was recently modified to make it mobile device-friendly.
Moloney Design and Horticulture
The Alternative Baker / Lemoncakes.com
Essell Hoenshell-Watson's (the Alternative Baker) web site was recently redesigned using CSS for ease of maintenance and search-engine friendliness. The Alternative Baker is located in Rosendale, NY, and sells natural, handmade baked goods.
The site's color scheme reflects the baked products, and the site includes an interactive Google map.
This is my own web site which functions as a portfolio and gallery for my artwork of the past 18 years or so. The site has existed for at least 10 years, and has grown extensively during that time. To decrease the time it takes for the site to load, I recently added a CSS menu on the left side, to replace the large number of graphical buttons that were previously there. In time, I will convert the entire site to CSS, but as it's around 300 pages, that will not happen anytime soon, probably.
Cantor Bob Cohen
Cantor Bob Cohen is the cantor at Temple Emanuel synagogue in Kingston, NY. He is also an accomplished musician and performer, who was in the New World Singers in the 1960s—they were the first folk group to record "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan. His colorful, CSS-driven site contains Bob's story, along with many photos, MP3s & a video clip or two.
This is an artist web site for a friend. The site is very simple, clear & easily
navigable, yet a little quirky to reflect the nature of Steve's art.
page has a slide show animation to show several artworks, but apart from that,
the site is very basic, clean & classic.
Bluegrass Journey: A Documentary
This is a site for a
recently completed documentary on bluegrass music. The site features stills
from the film prominently, as well as information on the songs, artists
etc. The site will also eventually include film clips & a message
board where bluegrass fans can log in & discuss the movie & other
items of interest. I designed this site so that Ruth & Rob (the
& producers of the movie) could add their own updates (via Macromedia
Contribute) -- adding or changing text, images, even adding new pages
and sections. It's a quite simple, easily maintainable site.
Peter McCarty is a children's book illustrator and author. His children's
books are known for their elegant simplicity of language and image, and
the site hopefully reflects this. This site basically serves as an online
portfolio for his books and other illustration work.
This site was recently redesigned (by myself) to have a more clean, simple
look, and to serve as more of a portal to Peter's other sites, such as his
blog, publisher pages, etc.