Academic and Personal Website
Brian Dakin PhD (aka Billy Spakemon) is a Black Country academic, writer, poet, and singer-songwriter. Billy wanted a website that was capable of encapsulating his academic work, creative work, and charity work, with the addition of having the ability to sell his merchandise online. He described himself as a bit of a technophobe, so we aimed to develop something that is easy to use and navigate, while swaying away from having the website feel “too modern”.
The process started with a face-to-face meeting between Langford Creative and Billy, where the initial design and sitemap of the website was discussed. Communication was mainly through e-mail, where a passworded version of the website was accessible for the client to view and to provide feedback on. Updates from Langford Creative came via e-mail every time something needed to be cleared up or significant progress was made.
The majority of media on the site was provided in a physical form and were converted into a digital format for the website. This included all of the personal images in the biography, and all of the CDs and books in the store sections of the site.
The website is consistently maintained by Langford Creative, and hosted through Squarespace, which provides an interface for Billy to manage the merchandise section and his orders separately.
The website encapsulates a biography of Billy’s life, a store for his music and books, an interactive viewer for his academic and less serious articles, a list of his upcoming events, a blog, and a section for his miscellaneous projects.
The website is easily navigable and understandable while presenting a lot of information over a range of mediums to try and keep the user entertained. The design of the website is fit to the personality of Billy and his work, while providing an online headquarters for the plethora of projects that he is (and will continue to be) involved in.
Visit the website at billyspakemon.com, and if you are from the local area of the Black Country, UK don’t hesitate to attend one of his events, he is very passionate about his work and the culture of the area in which he lives!
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