The client was a zine producer who wanted an online outlet for their weekly collections of media. The requirement was delightfully difficult- my client had virtually no understanding of modern UX, and seemed to dislike the homogeneity which most modern sites adhere to.
Full page video and animation enabled scrolling of the current collection greets the visitor, with simple archive navigation. The current UX reflects several drafts, including a working mockup site.
While underway, the client added various requirements- the site now had to be comment enabled, with permalinks for individual items and post descriptions. Not an usual request, but difficult to integrate late in the day. My solution was to have a sliding area to the right which contained the individual item’s meta.
We looked at various platforms, but came back to WordPress since it could handle the custom taxonomies and complex queries needed to generate our content. These taxonomies formed the base of the project, since we needed to create collections of individual posts which themselves would have any of the attributes of a post itself. Once this structure was in place, the rest of the development continued smoothly.
Since the project uses Roots/Trellis to manage deployment, updates can be easily pushed from development machines without the need for myself as a dev logging into the production server. This has made applying new patches to the theme very easy.