Brass Tacks Web Design ident

Web Design Portfolio

This page features a selection of websites designed and built by Brass Tacks. They range from the simple and minimalist to the more featuresome and functional.

Picture of the HighgateRoman Kiln Project website

The Highgate Roman Kiln Project

An eight page website for a project to re-establish a Roman kiln in Highgate forest.

The client was keen to deploy an accessible website decribing what the project was about, who it was for and how people can help.

The news section is user maintained using our easy-to-use stock content management system (CMS).

Picture of websiteSteve Beeston Photography

Website for photographer Steve Beeston.

The site features portfolios and galleries, together with pages about services offered and rates.

The home page introduces the various types of the photography that the business deals in, with links to more detailed pages. There are also sections on the background to the business, values and services.

There is also a Wordpress based blog that covers items about photography, case studies, assignments and other information about the business.

Password-protected cilent galleries are also provided.

Picture of Hertford Oral History Group's website

Hertford Oral History Group

A simple website showcasing the Oral History Group's recordings.

Picture of David Milne's website

David Milne

A six page website for academic and author David Milne.

David wanted a simple low-cost website based on an example provided. The site gives a brief biography, decsription of his work and pages for each of the three books he has written, with testimonials.

This is a modern responsive site built with HTML5 and CSS3.

Picture of Love Bengeo's website

Love Bengeo

This is a Wordpress based site built for the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan.

Brass Tacks Web Design manage the site overall, providing imagery, updates and running scoial mediafor the organisation.

Picture of Stortford Music Festival websiteStortford Music Festival

The Stortford Music Festival is a two day music festival in May and the site is used to promote the event and provide information about the festival and performers.

This responsive design scales to fit whatever size screen it is displayed on - desktop monitor, tablet or mobile phone.

A backend database is used to provide performer profiles and stage schedules, all of which can be maintained via a content management system.

The design is based on the logo and background images provided by the client.

This is a modern site built with HTML5 and CSS3.

Picture of Axis Magazine websiteAxis Magazine

This is a single page brochure website bult to provide online access to a local magazine.

The site was built after the Covid-19 measures limited the distribution of the print magazine.

This was a simple build project based on the client's own design.

Picture of Stop Bengeo Quarry website

Stop Bengeo Quarry

This Wordpress site was established at short notice to support a campaign against a gravel quarry in Bengeo, Hertford.

The campaign's active members were familiar with Wordpress, making it an obvious choice as a publishing platform.

Brass Tacks provided hosting, deployment and initial content, as well as advice and guidance on the presentation and structure of the site.

The Wordpress theme Square is used for the site, with some tweaks to the stock theme for colour and typography,

Picture of Ware Operatic websiteHertford Theatre Week

Hertford Theatre Week is an annual week long festival that features six productions over six evenings, from visiting groups and companies. It is an adjudicated competition that concludes with the presentation of awards for various aspects of the week's productions, The winner is eligible for the annual All Winner's Festival, run by the National Operatic & Dramatic Association.

The site provides information for both theatregoers and entrants and covers the current festival as well as previous years.

Much of the site is database driven and includes information on the current year's programme, adjudicator and awards. Information is provided for groups or companies who want to enter forthcoming festivals. This includes a download section and information about staging productions at the festival's venue.

Picture of Ware Operatic websiteWare Operatic

We were approached by Ware Operatic to design and build a website to replace their existing Wordpress based site.

The site features ten pages and includes a production database, news section and members' area, together with a content management system that allows the site to be updated.

The production database details all the society's productions since 1969, with slideshow galleries of the last ten years productions.

The content management system allows editors to add and edit stories using a formatted text editor, as well a uploading and adding imagery. Items can be designation for either for public or members' only.

The basic content includes an About Us page, auditions page, links and Contact Us. There are also call to action items on the home page, with links to book tickets, hwo to join the society and sign up for the mailing list.

Picture of Elstree & Borehamwood Museum's websiteElstree & Borehamwood Museum

Elstree & Borehamwood Museum's website is a twelve page site featuring a content management system. This allows the museum's staff to maintain the text on each page as well as uploading newsletters and images.

The home and collections page feature slideshows of items from the museums collection, with the latter also featuring panels for each collection in the museum.

There is also a merchandise page allowing people to pay via Paypal, using either their Paypal account or credit/vebit card.

The Oral History section gives access to recorded histories, allowing visitors to select various topics.

Picture of Schrodinger's Strings' websiteSchrödinger's Strings

A responsive website for musicians Schrödinger's Strings, features profiles and biographies for the band, audio and visual media, past and future gig listings and testimonials.

There is a backend content management system that allows the band to update the content.

Many of the pages feature black and white background wallpapers of the band.

Picture of Hertford Music Festival's websiteHertford Music Festival

A ten page website providing information on the annual three week music festival.

There are pages for bookend events of Rock At The Castle and the Musical Mystery Tour, as well as a gallery, information for sponsors, news and a contact page. There are also pages providing information about the performers and venues taking part in the festival.

The site builds on the festival's existing branding and colour schemes, designed by Matt Cass.

Picture of Discover Hertford Online websiteDiscover Hertford Online

Unofficial website for the county town of Hertford.

The site dates back to 1998 and features a wide range of information about the town, local issues, history and events. The site and content are managed exclusiuvely by Brass Tacks.

Discover Hertford is the largest of the sites we've developed and run.

This is a frequently updated Responsive Layout website featuring horizontal navigation. The site includes database driven elements such as awhat's on listing, business directory and forum.

Also featured are a search box and contact form.

Picture of The Company Of Players websiteThe Company Of Players

Website of a local theatre company featuring information about the society and it's history as well as a wealth of information about productions, including photo galleries, reviews, and cast and crew lists.

The site also features a password-protected members area (or extranet) that provides news and information specifically aimed at members. This includes a calendar where people can register for Front Of House roles for individual productions

This is a responsive website featuring a mix of static and database driven pages.

Picture of websiteIan Houghton

I was commissioned to provide a 10-15 page website for actor Ian Houghton, including an extensive gallery, video and voicereels.

The site features Lightbox to display larger images of photos and Flowplayer to play MP3 sound recordings of Ian's voice work.

Picture of websiteS.P.Saban Ltd

A simple four page website for a local uPVC supplier and fitter. The site features a home page that summarises the business, a page about the services offered, a tesimonials page featuring comments from satisfied customers, and a contact page.

Picture of websiteHertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

This was a design and build project based on an existing backend and CMS. This required reverse engineering the existing code that generated web pages on the fly and putting in place new pages that directly accessed the content database.

The simple design uses the Society's house colours and typefaces, with important information repeated in a sidebar on each page.

The production archive features a search form that allows users to query the archive on various parameters, as well as listing all forthcoming productions.

The primary calls to action are the panels detailing the nexct three prodfuctions and the box office details shown on every page.

Picture of websiteA Wayward Intellect

A CSS-driven table-layout website to promote the book "A Wayward Intellect" by Liz Logan.

This is a simple website that features horizontal navigation and five static pages that include information on the book, author, reviews and how to buy the book.

A page like this would typically cost £200.

Picture of websiteEssaimage Associates

This project was a build only website for Essaimage Associates.

The site was designed by Ben Warren of Cascade Studios and features tabbed pages, slideshows, scrolling testimonials and audio players. The client was keen that the site should work on desktop systems as well as Android and iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. Therefore the use of plugins was kept to a minimum and browser detection used to determine how to present media.


Picture of Caboodle PA's websiteCaboodle PA

The brief from Caboodle PA was for a simple single page website.

This virtual assistant business was a startup with a limited budget so we were asked to provide a simple page that provided an overview of the business and the services provided.

This business is no longer trading.

Picture of Atelier Nomad's websiteAtelier Nomad

A simple four page website for an online craft business.

The site comprises an introductory home page, a database-driven page of stock products, information about the businesses bespoke services and a simple contact page with email form.

The Accessories page features a link to the businsses online shop at Etsy.

Photographs were supplied by the client.

This business is no longer trading.

Picture of Arabis Accountants websiteArabis Accountants

Arabis Accountants decided to replace their existing Google Apps website with something more flexible and appealing.

This is a simple four page site that provides and introduction to the business on the home page, details about their services, background information on the firm and a simple contact page.

The look of the site reflects the design of the company's business cards and uses a logo supplied by the client,

The site features a responsive design that adapts to mobile devices.

This business is no longer trading.

Picture of National Wiulls & Probate Services websiteNational Wills & Probate Services

This is a simple six page website for a local wills and trusts provider.

The site features all the basic elements of an introductory home page, an About Us page providing information about the practice, a Services page outlining the offerings available, a Fees page providing a price list, testimonials and a contact page with telephone number and email form.

The Services page features an accordion section.

To complay with The Companies Act 2006 the footer includes the company's registration number and registered address, despite the fact that the business does not actually have any premises.

This business is no longer trading.

Picture of Marilyn Taylor Flowers website

Marilyn Taylor Flowers

This is a simple four page website that I was asked to provide as an upgrade to an existing website estavblished by Hertford Florist Marilyn Taylor.

The site features a responsive design that works across a variety of devices.

The backend Content Management System allows the text on each page to be edited and the gallery images to be maintained.

The CMS also features an image resizing function that downscales larger images when uploaded. Thumbnails are also created automatically.

This business is no longer trading.

Picture of websiteEcladent

This project was a build only website for Ecladent, a dental practice in Mill Hill.

The site was designed by Beatiger and features sidepanels and a fixed full window background image. The site is database driven with a custom CMS back-end, allowing the client to edit the text of the web pages, as well as adding new team members.

Picture of websiteHertfordshire Museums

This project was a build only website for the Hertfordshire Asociation Of Museums, part of Hertfordshire County Council.

The site was designed by Amber Design & Marketing and features expanding text blocks ad a slideshow on the home page. The museum pages are database driven and feature a map with tacks showing the locations of each map. The bespoke back-end allows the client to edit the text on the home page and details of the featured museums.

Picture of Alexandra Brady's websiteAlexandra Brady

This was a design and build project for local artist Alexandra Brady.

The site features a selection of Alexandra's drawings, prints and ceramics, presented in a minimal but stylish design as specified by the artist.

As well as the design and build, Brass Tacks also provided the images for the site.

This website is no longer operational.

Picture of websitePiccalillis

This project was a build only website for the Piccalillis, who provide drama classes for 18-36 month old children.

The site was designed by Robert Battell, who had previously worked with the client. The site is made up of nine pages and uses the Delius Swash typeface from Google.

This business is no longer trading.

Whilst much of our work is for Hertfordshire based businesses and organisations we are more than happy to take enquiries from anywhere in the world!