This website was for a drama school that I attended in my youth. Knowing
the client beforehand and the school itself was important in understanding how the company worked
and the values it wanted to incorporate into the website. Aimed at parents and children ranging from
5 - 20 years of age, we wanted to create a website that was dramatic and fun to the eye and
potential students of the school.
The client has an extremely impressive reputation in the area and so attracting business wasn't their main use of the website. The primary role of the website was to be source for information on the school and to have a "home-base" on the internet.
The black background- a big no-no for UX!
Although I had known the rule to never use the "real" black, (#000000), I still went ahead and used a shade of black for the backdrop of the content website-wide, breaking a principle of UX regarding readability. This was a discussion I had between myself and the client, and some feedback we received. It was something the client really liked and wanted to keep given the "dramatic" feel it contributed, and so we went against popular opinion and kept it anyway.
Hosting on Github Pages
Hosting on Github Pages at the time was ideal for me as I entered the world of the web. It allowed a sufficient level of security given that no sensitive data was being dealt with throughout the website, as well as enough bandwidth to manage the traffic that I could estimate from their Facebook page statistics.