Video Projects

I have been using creative techniques, using digital imagery, simple animation and video for consultancy projects ever since I started using the internet for publishing everything and anything.Continue readingVideo Projects

Recording Local History – the 4th Statistical Account 2.0

Last summer I did a project with the good folk of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society to revamp the East Lothian Fourth Statistical Account website. I had previously made the web presence for the society, which included all the published volumes of the transactions since 1937 and…Continue readingRecording Local History – the 4th Statistical Account 2.0

From Free to Infinity – How much does a Website Cost?

More than a long piece of string? This answer is of course: “it depends” Basically the more you expect from your website project, the wider the range of features and functions, the more bespoke the design, the more complexity you build in, the more content you have, the more it…Continue readingFrom Free to Infinity – How much does a Website Cost?

Our Locality How Refreshing

When we first setup the ourlocality network we had global ambitions. This of course didn’t happen. What did happen though was gratifying all the same. After 5 years of operation, we are on our 3rd server and refreshed the site at least 3 times, with the latest release occurring just…Continue readingOur Locality How Refreshing

The Ridge Network

The Ridge is a local community interest company with big ambitions. There’s a market gap locally in the provision of traditional and new rural skills. Training opportunities for the young and those who are not in employment are decidedly limited and difficult to get to in a practical sense.Continue readingThe Ridge Network

Rewarding Greener shopping: Minimum Viable Product

In 2007 I launched a Green Rewards programme on a shoe string budget, ie less than £50k (= my redundancy). More than a just demonstration website, the rewards programme was fully functional with 250,000 products advertised at its peak.Continue readingRewarding Greener shopping: Minimum Viable Product

Better Rural Buses

Originally a free standing website, Better Rural Buses was ported over to Ourlocality.org when the domain was due to expire, to keep the project as a demonstration. Now it is only available as fragments via the Web Archive project. Functionally, the site was intended to allow anyone in the street…Continue readingBetter Rural Buses

Project Insights with Insight.ly

  Every so often a new and eye-catching online application appears on the scene. In the parallel world of the iPhone, they can take only seconds to learn and a seconds to forget, before they are consigned to the dustbin. Nevertheless just because something takes minutes to learn and no…Continue readingProject Insights with Insight.ly

Ingredients to success

We’ve supported rather a lot of community projects, but the results are not always up to our usually high standards. So what are the ingredients of success? In a nutshell, some dedicated time, a plan, a desire to get it completed to a timescale and the freedom to decide all…Continue readingIngredients to success

Carbon Neutral Stenton

We received a design from Steven McGregor, commissioned by Carbon Neutral Stenton. Still untested, we uncovered a few issues that we quickly fixed. However there were some limitations with the template, including the lack of support for WP3’s dynamic menus and image handling support. In the end we decided to…Continue readingCarbon Neutral Stenton

WordPress Training

Just got a freshly pressed WordPress website, but cannot get your developer to provide support for love nor money? (Some designers and developers are so darn good that they can be kept very busy) Or perhaps you underestimated how little time you would have to get to know your system?Continue readingWordPress Training

First baby steps

After some toing and a bit of froing, OurLocality was launched last week.  You didn’t hear the fanfares?  Alas there were none. The idea behind Our Locality is a simple one: connecting all things local. To kick off with, we migrated Sustaining Dunbar onto the platform and created a number…Continue readingFirst baby steps