I was approached by political cartoonist and satirist Morten Morland to design him a website that didn’t just show off his work, but also him as a person – his creative style, and his sense of humour.
‘Morland‘ cartoons feature weekly in The Times. His client list is ridiculously impressive and he’s also won a shed load of awards for his work. This is the kind of client that I dream about, and we immediately hit it off (a shared love of ale and all things Scandinavian also helped).
My own ethos, and therefore the common theme of my own website, is ‘Clean, Creative Web Design’, which is how most people find me on Google. This description summed up Morten’s requirements very well – he had to show off his work, which is often fairly ‘messy’ with spattered paint and scribbles galore, but he didn’t want a messy website. We agreed that the site itself should on the whole be as white and uncluttered as possible. Morton created a custom piece of artwork for his homepage and we made sure that it sat right on all devices. We also used his own handwritten name for the ‘Morland’ header throughout.
Each page has a custom ‘banner’ that was created specifically for the site, and we also included an animated gif on the animation page, which really brings it to life. The content itself is straightforward – laid out in a clean way, with a lightbox opening up for images and videos when clicked/tapped, an About page, and a place for Morten to Blog on the Scribbles page. Finally, there is a beautifully simple form for people to get in touch on the Contact page.
Morten and I had great fun designing and developing his site, and hopefully my code and clean design does his work the justice that it deserves. As per usual, the site was developed using WordPress, and Morten enjoys updating his own videos, images, info and blogs whenever he likes.
Let me know what you think: morlandcartoon.co.uk
Danny managed to translate my chaotic ideas into a beautifully crafted website that works brilliantly. He’s fabulously creative, extremely patient, reassuringly professional and exceedingly efficient. I can’t recommend him enough!Morten Morland