I'm currently looking for a full-time position within web and UI design in Liverpool/Merseyside. Contact me for any offers or placements :)
My name is Phil Stringfellow, and I'm a web and UI designer from Liverpool, UK. I've been designing websites on and off for about 14 years now, professionally for 8 of them. Ever since I first used a computer and explored the wonders of the internet, I've always been intrigued about how webpages were designed and built and took it upon myself to learn HTML, the really old-fashioned way, using tabled layouts and inline styling. Fast forward 14 years, and I'm now building mobile-friendly and responsive websites with HTML5, CSS3, integrating PHP and jQuery, and building and developing sites with open-source platforms like WordPress.
Having an artistic streak, my passion doesn't just stop at building websites. I also use Photoshop pretty much every day for designing, having first used Photoshop 7 and moving on from there with each release. Now I use a variety of different tools including Sketch and Fireworks to design apps and websites, create wireframes for UX research in Balsamiq and InVision, and Illustrator and InDesign to design anything from adverts to annual reports and booklets. I also design on paper a lot in my spare time, with pencils and sketchbooks always on hand to design anything from emblems and insignias to tattoos and character pieces.
Zelda Timeline is a look at the timeline of the Legend of Zelda series, featuring a interactive look at the timeline, information from the official book Hyrule Historia and more. Zelda Timeline will be a dynamic site showing in-depth information and high-resolution imagery to explain the timeline released by Nintendo. Designed and developed by myself in WordPress, the site features a vivid navigation for delving through the timeline and other pages, and each page condenses the information into a readable but highly informative article, from the game development, to critical reception, to an explanation of the story and the timeline consequences. The site includes media, wallpaper and freebies, with frequent giveaways and offers.
Redsgned is a show case of the very best in redesigned websites, apps, branding and products from designers around the world. After seeing many unofficial designs on sites like Dribbble, Behance and Forrst I decided to create a site where I could collect all of these designs in one place and give people and designers the chance to submit their own redesign to the site. Using WordPress, I designed and developed the site to be much more mobile friendly, easier to navigate and shows off more of the important information. A planned version for the future will be an automatic submission feature, allowing users to upload their own posts to be approved and space for a Redsgned of the Month, allowing for a design to have an extended mention.
Contrllr is the newest idea for a side-project of mine, focused around a gaming community site. The site will be a place where you can catalogue your games, review games and platforms, create lists of played games and future releases, and keep track of your games and achievements by linking your XBL, PSN and Steam accounts. Planned versions in the future will be a paid subscription model for extra features, a dedicated app and, hopefully, a vibrant community of gamers and fans to use the site as a first port-of-call for all things gaming related. In between designing the site and creating the look and feel for it, I will be working with a few developers to create the site, with a custom back-end and stable platform ready for expansion and continued growth.
Metroid Timeline is a look at another of Nintendo's properties, this time focusing around the adventures of Samus, the bounty hunter. With The Legend of Zelda the timeline is extremely complicated and a lot of room for discussion and debate, but Metroid's timeline is far more simpler and gives me chance to collate and present the information in a much simpler way. Along with the same attention to detail present in Zelda Timeline with game descriptions, stories, lore and media, I'm also going to be presenting the world of Metroid through some clever CSS and imagery which will allow people to explore the world in a fantastically interactive way.
As well as redesigning my main website, I decided to give my logo and branding an overhaul. Instead of focusing on just an icon, a rounded hexagon, I decided to explore some typography and spent a while researching and sketching out different versions of my name, brand name and logo. Modifying the typeface Courgette Regular, I introduced more terminals to ascenders and descenders, tightened the kerning and extended the bowls of the interior of letters, as well as adding in the familiar icon to make the tittle for the 'i'. I also redesigned my CV and covering letters to be more much simple, to the point and light in file size, and improved the copy on the website.