A bit tricky to build a pretty Portfolio when you do several kinds of things. As is my way, I am focusing on delivering the information over making it ‘pretty but uninformative’. Seems easiest to favor date order then. My Music is in my Discography and Film Scores in a dedicated Portfolio.
Facebook Video Adverts 2019
I made some video adverts for play on Facebook, Instagram etc. The photos present several facets of what goes on in the classes with the call to action of a free introductory lesson.
Rubies Biscuits Logo & Branding 2019
Rubies Biscuits are a start-up making charming hand-made character biscuits primarily focused on the event space.
There is a whole article talking about the Branding & Design Brief Process and using this project as a case study.
Centre Martial Arts Website, Logo & Handbill 2019
This project entailed helping define the direction of the material and then building the Logo, Artwork Website and a Handbill for a new Tae Kwon Do School here on the Gold Coast.
Bao Pham Website 2019
Bao Pham is a successful Producer & Mix Engineer in the Hip Hop scene. He has some pretty solid clients and was the go-to studio guy for Doe B who was looking like he was about to hit the bigs when he was shot & killed in a restaurant.
The aim here was always to provide a platform that showed off how Bao is not your average kid with a studio. Bao Pham has Mixed some very solid industry names and really does deliver the goods (I say that as one engineer to another). The sites needs to show all that.
Benedict has been great to work with. It’s not just a money grab and plain-jane website build. He actually makes an effort to get to know you and how to build your site effectively and with great experience in SEO optimization and ranking in mind. My site may not be the flashiest…but it is definitely functional with the sale in mind. He absolutely is recommended and I will always work with him from now on in the future.Bao Pham
Website + Logo + Icon Set (2019)
I made a Website, Icons & Logos for a Service Business & Community Forum. It is private so I won’t show the Website or Logo.
Indie Musician Website 2019
Tim Davis had an existing website but it was too old and didn’t display properly on phones (not Responsive). With new material coming out it was time to update. I combined my knowledge of life as an Indie Musician with my WordPress experience and advised the most efficient way of getting everything set up to work well and reduce costs. Not buying a Template saved Tim $60 straight up.
I am very internet un-savvy but Benedict was patient and guided me along in the process and although I imagine he was frustrated at times with my lack of understanding, he never showed it. He communicated clearly and he was happy to educate me on the whole process as we went along. I’m sure he would have finished much sooner if I had been more knowledgeable of what he needed from me but nonetheless he got the project done quickly. I would highly recommend his services to anyone wanting to build a wordpress site.Tim Davis
Tracy Riley Hypnosis Podcasts 2018-2019
Lately, I have been mixing podcasts for people. I first did this sort of work back in the early 90’s. Only we called them Sales Tapes back then and they were recorded on cassettes. Mostly these are commercial works so not a lot to show as they live behind paywalls. Dr. Tracy Riley has very kindly let me share a fragment with you:
“I have been working with Benedict for several months now. I came to him, completely brand new, having never recorded before. He took the time time to explain to me how to use a recording program, how to finesse the equipment, as well as how to work my voice during the recording. Then, he worked his magic so well, that I actually like the sound of my voice on my recordings. I can’t say enough about the patience he continues to show me. He’s honest with me, as well. If something doesn’t sound right, he won’t take my money–he will tell me straight up to re-record it and do it differently. He wants me to be as successful as I can be! I can’t say enough positive things about his talents, his integrity, and his genuine ability to help others. I am incredibly thrilled to have found him, and I will never use anyone else!”
Jane’s Little Corner Website 2018
Jane wanted to update her Jane’s Little Corner blog and combine her books into one place. We used a WordPress installation on her business server.
It looks amazing, I’m so happy with it! As a programmer, I’m a pretty terrible graphic designer, so luckily Benedict is really good at itJane Stockwell
Music Software Articles 2018
Sadly I can’t show the actual articles as they were ghost writing but I can share the feedback.
“Benedict was a real pleasure to work with. Not only did he produce articles that were accurate, he knew the subject that he was writing about, which is great in a writer. Also his writing style fit well with what I needed, and as able to follow the instructions provided very well. Would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for good article writing.”
Intracept Technology Website & Article Writing 2018
Jane of Intracept Technology may be my partner and I may do work with & for her but it doesn’t diminish that I made this site and wrote all the content. This is a Mobirise build as it is a simple site with only a few pages and benefits from the modern look.
Brothers of Charity MusicBocs 2015
This was a superb project that fell in my lap. I know Adam from the British Brothers of Charity MusicBocs program which is all about helping people with different abilities to have meaning and engagement in their everyday lives. In this instance, Adam took people through making a song. I came in as the chosen song needed to be mixed in a hurry to go on BBC Radio Lancashire. I took one listen and had to do it. While the vocal needs the full force of AutoTune to make it presentable it immediately struck me that the delivery of the lyric for “Evergreen” was so touching. The singer, Lee, has Cerebral Palsy & Deafness but he delivers a feel that I don’t think the original singer got anywhere near. “Stay Another Day” was always the backup but I mixed it anyway as Damien & Neil deserved to hear their work presented too.
Here’s the funny thing, I didn’t recognize either of these songs so I really got to mix them for what I had in front of me and not be influenced by other versions. It was only afterward I really started to think these songs were probably covers. With some YouTubing I found “Evergreen” to be a Westlife song and “Stay Another Day” from East 17 – I do recall this one after I saw that video ;-). I’ll never forget this project.
It is very much my opinion that a thing should not be judged by how it looks so much as how it performs. To me, a website is a sales tool and while nice looking does help, building sales are its job and if it does it well it becomes beautiful from its functionality.
Brisbane Proton Websites 2002 – 2007
There were a few iterations of this website. The first I build entirely by hand using Netscape Navigator and Tables. It was always ugly but it worked. Furthermore, the distributor talked about this site at a sales training meeting as a good example of how to do it. They also took my method of showing the different model equipment levels side by side so it was easy to see what goodies the extra dollars delivered.
The later version of the site was a Content Management Platform (which I later worked for) and we rolled out a suite of sites that covered the cars and several caravan brands. I built unique content for this incl. photos & floorplans and it wasn’t long before our competitors were stealing my content to use on their sites. Angrifying but proof I was doing it right. Even better the salesmen loved it when customers turned up with printouts of the pages for a car or caravan and had all their questions lined up, ready to go. The caravan distributers even started picking my brain on how to market their brand online.
These images are courtesy of the Wayback machine website so some elements are missing. The blue ribbon would run across the screen and stick itself on the award plaque so you couldn’t miss it – probably wouldn’t do it now but Flash was all the rage back then.
Dangerfield Sound & Lighting – DJ Dangerfield – 1999
I all but ran Tony Dangerfield’s show for him for a while and that included us taking the plunge to go online. I built this site entirely in Netscape Navigator on Tables. It was a very content heavy site where our competitors were all doing “business card” sites. This definitely helped with sales as while we still often had to send out printed material, sales also happened faster and even developed themselves over the website.
Looking back now it is very ugly but back then a website was about the content. Later adjustments by others did some damage but this site is still live as at October 2018. That is almost a record in itself when most sites are removed after a few years. Most people would probably hide this site in shame but for the time this was a very tidy site and that it improved sales means I did a good job. I refuse to be ashamed of past work.