Blog, News & Updates

SLJ Research Blog

This new blog has been established for the School of Law and Justice at SCU to highlight research activities undertaken throughout the School. It will also provide opportunities for staff and guest lecturers to contribute to the blog with commentaries on current...

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School of Law and Justice SLJ Research eNews

I haven't done much print work for a while, so it was nice to be able to refresh my Photoshop skills and put this newsletter together for the School of Law and Justice before Christmas. Most of my Photoshop work these days is image enhancement, and much smaller...

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Are you organised for Christmas?

I can just see you falling about laughing, unless you're one of those wonderful people who are indeed organised. I try so hard to do this, but have to confess that even though I'm very much a 'list' person these days, I was actually much more organised when the kids...

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The Men and Family Centre

A site refresh. Wordpress, customised Divi, Bloom, Ninja Forms, and the usual security and SEO plugins including Wordfence and Yoast SEO. Site released: 1 July 2017 Visit the Site:...

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Lismore Chamber of Commerce Member Directory

The Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) website has been an evolving thing since I first became a Chamber sponsor, and started working on the site back in 2013. A big overhaul in 2014 was also done after a significant change of name and rebranding...

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Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce

This was a site redesign for the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce, including an online members directory and event calendar. This was also an opportunity to highlight member stories, and generally update all content. The original site hadn't been updated for some years,...

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Lismore Bathroom Renovations

Grant from Ranford Construction, aka Lismore Bathroom Renovations, contacted me a few weeks ago about a new website. Three days later, the website was done - no mucking around! It's a simple one-page site, which also benefits from referrals from Echo Bathroom...

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Lismore Women’s Festival Workshop

Start a new website or whip the one you’ve got into shape, and how to decide if social media really is the perfect match for your business. Having a professional, comprehensive website is important for pretty much every new business. But getting started can seem...

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Bristax … Business Accounting Services

Stephen from Bristax got in touch with me early this year about his website. He's done an awesome job of building the site himself, but realised that at some point he really needed to focus on what he is expert in - Tax / Accounting / Superannuation - and stop...

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Aurora Suspended Fires

I've been working with the lovely people at Aurora Suspended Fires for some time now, first on a "help, save my site" job after the original developers caused some issues, and more recently when it was decided that it was more efficient and practical to essentially...

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Manage my (your) own Website

A handy little app to help you get a grip on your website! One of my own projects over the Christmas break (yes, I know it already seems like such a long time ago!) was to create an app ... it's been on the list for ages, and finally v1 is done, and published on the...

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Flu bugs, fame and getting stuff done!

WOW ... it's been a challenging and busy few weeks ... nothing out of the ordinary really but the flu bug really bit, and that was the thing that made the difference! I was powering along beautifully, getting a LOT of work done, then the universe decided I needed to...

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Stellas … what do you do if …

Hello Stellas, thanks for coming along tonight (May 2016). Here's notes from my presentation which you are free to share. Since posting, I realise I may have inadvertently mailed this out to my list by accident (posts are set to go automatically), so even there's...

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When I was two I was nearly new…

When I was one I had just begun When I was two I was nearly new From Now we are Six, AA Milne I'm not quite sure where the last 12 months has gone, but all of a sudden Leumesin Design is two! Last Saturday in fact … 25 October. Woo hoo!! It's actually been quite a big...

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A one-page landing site for Ezi-Make™

Ezi-Make™  (Making the bed just got easy!) is a new product, invented by a local business owner - David Martin, who also owns a bricks and mortar store (InStyle Sleep Centre) here in Lismore. I've been doing more one-page landing sites for clients lately, and they are...

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New website: Catholic Parish of Alstonville and Wardell

Following changes to the Catholic Parish of Alstonville and Wardell, a new website incorporating both Our Lady of the Rosary at Alstonville and St Patrick's at Wardell was needed. At the start of this project, Our Lady of the Rosary at Alstonville had had  website for...

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A brand new website for Effective Workplace Solutions

Effective Workplace Solutions is a local business who needed a new website - their first! Greg Arnold, their principal consultant was incredibly organised and could give me a clear brief about what was needed and examples of sites he liked. Greg also had logos in the...

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Child Care Centres on the North Coast: 4 sites in one!

When Jen Morrin called me just before Christmas last year, we talked about her four child care centres and the need for a website. and fast! It sounded quite straight forward to start with, but there were actually four mini-sites needed under the one umbrella...

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NCA Consulting: Site transfer – Joomla to WordPress

This was an unusual request for me - transferring a website from its original Joomla iteration to Wordpress for NCA Consulting. Although I have some limited experience with Joomla, I'd never had to transfer a site before and I was pleased (and relieved) to find it was...

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New online store and branding: SOBI Boutique Lismore

Update June 2015: Sobi closed their bricks and mortar store and went 100% online. Since then, Sobi's owner has found a new career, and has scaled back the online shop!   SOBI Boutique is a well established local bricks and mortar fashion boutique at Lismore Shopping...

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New Website: Lindy Cooke Celebrant

  A new site out for a new local business - love those! Lindy Cooke, Celebrant needed a range of materials, including her first website, business cards, and a DL flyer. She had already established her Facebook page, is in the process of setting up LinkedIn, and just...

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New Website & Branding: Hudson Accounting Services

Hudson Accounting Services is a local business located at Bangalow. A new partner has recently joined the business there's been a name change (they were Hudson Management). It was time to establish their first website, and to look at overall branding for the business....

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New Website: Little Mate Productions

Little Mate Productions owner Phil Hanlon is a film and video producer living in the northern rivers region of NSW. He produces corporate, online and wedding films and videos from the sunshine coast to Sydney (further afield when asked!). Phil contacted me about his...

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Website Redesign: North Coast Telephone Systems

North Coast Telephone Systems  is a local business who supply, install and maintain business phone systems. They've have had a website for many years. The challenge for them was to maintain the website effectively, not because they didn't have the time or the desire,...

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10 Favourite WordPress Plugins

There's 27,000+ plugins in the Wordpress directory and a few more that aren't! I spend a lot of time researching the "best" plugins to use for a variety of purposes, and am always adding to the list. I generally only use plugins that are in the Wordpress directory,...

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Lismore Turf Club

A site redesign for Lismore Turf Club - a racing venue and event and conference function centre here in Lismore. The Turf Club's existing site was in a '.com' domain, and hadn't been updated for some time. Unfortunately, they had difficulty in keeping in contact with...

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Keen Street Clinic

A brand new site for Keen Street Clinic - a family medical practice here in Lismore. Keen Street Clinic  had their website on the list for some years I think, and after a very unsatisfactory first go using a "business" hosting plan that included a free website (that...

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Integrated Bookkeeping Solutions

Andrew from Integrated Bookkeeping Solutions - a new business - wanted a simple site but one that could grow as his business grew. The challenge, as always, was initially having minimal content, and knowing how to present it in an engaging way! I worked with Andrew on...

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The Date Night Project

Fabulous new product - The Date Night Project - and of course, a gorgeous new website!  In a nutshell, The Date Night Project is a unique program for couples who are serious about creating more connection, fun and spark in their life!  I've been working with owner and...

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TNT Supplements

A new business, online store, and website for TNT Supplements selling products from BSc, one of the biggest supplement distributors in Australia. I've used WordPress, with a fully customised premium theme. The site is easy to navigate, responsive, and easy to manage...

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The Stella Network

The Stella Network is Lismore's Women in Business network . It's an informal network where members can ask advice, and support and mentor each other. I've been going to Stella Networking events for the last year or so. Stellas has been active on Facebook for some...

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Foreva Young – Boutique Beauty Salon

29 February 2016: I was advised by my client that the business is no longer in operation. Sad but true.  A brand new site for forevayoung.com.au - a boutique beauty salon at Maclean (NSW). The brief was to create a site that was clean and simple. This resulted in...

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Hayley Biddle – The Body Sculptor

April 2015: Unfortunately this business is no longer in operation. A brand new site for Hayley Biddle - The Body Sculptor. The brief was to create a site that was sexy and stylish, appealing to both men and women. Black (or shades of black) was an obvious choice, and...

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SCU Gym and Pool

NOTE: A few months after this site was released, this site reverted back to a "new" template which lost much of the functionality of this site. It doesn't look like this design featured here any more. Hot off the keyboard! The new SCU Gym and Pool website!! This is a...

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Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant Bridal Expo

A beautiful new website for the inaugural Bridal Expo at the Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant. This is a special purpose site, image-rich and designed to draw in our target audience. I worked with the photographer and venue stylist at the photoshoot and was able...

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10 Ways – your website is like a haircut!

You're thinking "what is she talking about" aren't you? Here's 10 ways your website really IS like a haircut! 1. You don’t start with much! Most of us don’t have much, if any, hair when we’re born.  We don’t always know what colour it’s going to be, how long it might...

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Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant

This is the second release (version) I've done of the Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant website. The Gateway Restaurant site was recently completed as well. There are strong similarities in the look and feel of both sites, but they each have their own style. New...

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Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant on Facebook

The cover images used for the Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant's page on Facebook change frequently! Starting with a series of Christmas banners, new ones are added for events such as the recent Bridal Expo, special days such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's...

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Leumesin Design

Various things I've created for Leumesin Design: Website. This has morphed a few times into its current form. I've since retired the self hosted potfolio site and merged it with this blog. Much easier to manage! Facebook (and there's also Twitter, Pinterest, Behance,...

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Lismore Gateway Restaurant

This is the second site I've completed for the Lismore Gateway Motel and Restaurant. It is a gorgeous new site, and involved creating new content including menus and wine lists, and the ability to book a table. Several landing pages have been created specifically for...

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Keepsake Quilts by Leanne Ryall

Keepsake Quilts by Leanne Ryall is a new site, to showcase Leanne's beautiful work - gorgeous keepsake quilts from all sorts of materials - everything from old ties to wedding dresses! Released: 12 November 2012 Visit the site: leanneryall.com.au (not available as at...

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Website briefs

No, I'm not talking about underwear! I'm talking about writing a great brief for your website! When I get briefed to create a website or "fix" an existing one, I might get something like this: Client: I really need to do something about my website. Nobody visits it....

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A shiny new website!

Ask any website developer which is the most difficult site to develop, and bet they would (nearly) all say their own. After all, a web designer's website has to sell their  talents and portfolio, and it can be incredibly difficult to do that when you are your own...

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Newtown Review of Books

The Newtown Review of Books is a book review blog - fiction, with special emphasis on crime fiction – memoir, biography, politics and true crime. Co-founded and editored by Jean Bedford and Linda Funnell, both well known in the publishing industry. Peter Corris...

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Doctor Concrete

This is the second site I've done for this lovely client (the other was is for Affordable Concrete and Paving). This one is a customised Wordpress site which is deliberately small and simple! Release date: 27 August 2012 Visit the...

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MJ’s Dance Studio

This site was originally a single landing page. It has been refreshed and reworked in Wordpress. Additional functionality expands on the original embedded video and includes slideshows, Paypal for DVD sales, Mailchimp for eNewsletter signup, expanded social media...

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Know Yourself Grow Yourself (KYGY)

This site redevelopment was stage one of a bigger plan! A new, fresh public website was needed to publicise personal development courses that were being held in September and October 2012, with the second stage of being development of an online course in 2013. Because...

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Cranky Cow Milk

This was a great site to work on! Not only was it for a new product (no legacy bits!), but the client was very involved and engaged in the whole process. He had significant input into the design, which makes him the exception rather than the rule with regard to client...

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Affordable Concrete and Paving, Christchurch NZ

I've just finished work on a complete redesign of the Affordable Concrete and Paving website - with the brand new site released last Friday (22 June 2012). The site is for a family-owned business who have been in business in Christchurch for more than 20 years. Their...

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alanbeazley.com (eWasteMuch?)

I've just finished a new landing page, designed to be a gateway to Alan’s social networking sites and the soon to be released blog on the topic of eWaste.  Here's the Wikipedia definition of eWaste, but you can also go to Alan's site/s to find out more as well! The...

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Summerland Credit Union

This was a redevelopment of the existing staff intranet for the Summerland Credit Union. I worked with their in-house teams (Marketing and IT) and specifically worked on converting 300+ pdf documents to html, created the navigation framework, and subsequently...

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Women in Contemporary Music

The name says it all. This was a beautiful site to work on and even though it is a few years old, I think it still looks fresh and contemporary. (The site no longer looks as I designed it, and was given a corporate look late in 2012). Release date: 2009 Visit the site...

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QULOC

I redesigned this website for QULOC (the Queensland University Libraries Office of Co-operation). The existing site that hadn't been refreshed for some years and hadn't aged well (see screenshot below). We virtually started from scratch - retaining what content was...

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Southern Cross GeoScience

A new site for Southern Cross GeoScience, a new research centre at at Southern Cross University (2009). The overall design was done by the SCU advertising agency (see screenshot), and my task was to turn that design into a fully functioning website. There was some...

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The Hotel School Sydney

I worked with the Hotel School for many years, designing, developing and managing their site. Everything from copy writing, adapting print designs for the website, graphic design, training, support, advice,  guidance, and everything in between. Great clients who...

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First Year at SCU

This site was developed as part of a wider program of activities to support first year students at SCU. I was given much latitude in terms of design, and ultimately used "Slidedeck". Even though this is an "off-the-shelf" product, it did need customisation to fit...

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Assignment Navigator

This site was part of a set of initiatives to help support first year students at SCU. The original design was done by FLDS -  Flexible Learning Development Services at SCU - which I then adapted to work as a fully functioning website. Sprites, embedded video, special...

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Research at SCU

I worked on a number of websites for the various research centres at Southern Cross University. Most of these sites would, most likely, look quite different now, but original sites  included: SCU Whale Research Centre (2007): Very simple, but featured some beautiful...

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SCU Alumni

  The Alumni site was redesigned in 2010 and is part of the larger Corporate and Community Relations portfolio at SCU. The screenshot I've used here is the final site, just a few days before it was released (which is why the news stories are test/text placeholders!)....

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SCU International

This is a suite of inter-connected sites that represent the many aspects of the International Office at SCU, and was a major body of work which has many hundreds of hours invested in it. Six individual sites: Portal, Future Students, Study Abroad, Exchange, English...

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SCU Campaign Landing Sites

Landing pages were typically created to coincide with key student recruitment campaigns and would generally be done twice a year. Designs were provided by the SCU advertising agency, which provided the visuals for the website. Release date: The screenshots here...

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SCU Staff Christmas Party

The websites for the SCU staff christmas parties were themed each year (as were the parties!). I created these sites each year from 2001 through to 2010 so I've only included a sample here. The 1970's featured a custom splash page with multiple image galleries, all of...

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WebWIP eNews

  This was an eNewsletter I sent out weekly to all site administrators at SCU - it was an effective way of keeping everyone informed about anything to do with the SCU web space - new sites, maintenance, staff absences, training opportunities, conferences etc, etc. I'd...

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Discover SCU

I produced the newsletter, from design and testing  to dispatch. An associated website was also created each month. Content was the responsibility of Communications & Publications; banner produced by Marketing and updated annually. Email list management and production...

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SCU School of Tourism and Hospitality Management eNews

This is a quarterly eNewsletter produced for the School by Communications and Publications at SCU - in a very similar process to that used to produce DiscoverSCU. I produced most issues from the first one late in 2008 through to  mid 2010. Release date: Summer 2008/09...

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SCU Community and Partners: The Healing Circle

The "Community and Partners" portal at SCU was made up of 9 interconnected sites (see below). A 10th site, Community Engagement, was designed and hosted off-site at that time. The design for the portal for all of these sites was, as is often the case, provided by an...

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SCU Alumni Matters eNews

Details: This was a redesign of an existing eNewsletter which was required as result of the redesign of the Alumni website. The template only was required for this project. List management and email dispatch was managed by the Alumni office using the CRM system....

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Digital Printing Services

This site was created from a design prepared by a graphic designer who specialised in print materials and who didn't fully appreciate the complexities of turning a simple design into a fully functioning website. It was a challenging job, and we all learned a lot! Site...

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SCU Community and Corporate Relations

  A multi-layer suite of sites for Community and Corporate Relations which includes: Marketing & Recruitment Communications & Publications Community Engagement was also part of this portfolio, but I've not included it here because I didn't personally work on that...

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SCU Home Page

There have been several versions of the SCU home page over the last 12 or so years and I was responsible for several of those. The first of these was in 2000 as part of the then website redevelopment project; 2004 was the next major change along with significant...

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