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Web Site Design by Phil Dickinson
If I have a philosophy about web site design or a style, it is keep the designs simple with layouts that allow the images to do most of the communicating and text that is easy to find and follow. Visual impact is important. Clarity is more important. As when thumbing through an interesting magazine or coffee table book, the visitor can easily move from one element to the next without becoming confused or lost. For the company or organization, the object is to impress, to convey certain non-verbal concepts, and to inform. For the visitor the object is to provide an experience that is interesting, informative, and easy to navigate.
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Allendale Fibertech Corporation
This is a start-up manufacturing company in South Carolina that weaves fiberglass. The purpose of this site is to show the company's products and to make the company look as established and professional as possible.
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Great American Collections
A companion site to Great American, this site focuses on a small number of classic car collections. The two sites link to each other but are constructed with different layouts.
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Carry On Displays
Over the past few years it became evident that many of my customers have grown quite tired of heavy display systems, advance scheduling for expensive shipping, and complex set up. They would love to just be able to take what they need on the plane with them. Hence the name "Carry On." This site very briefly discusses the alternative to bulky displays and carry-on ideas offered by Ocean Color.
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Ocean Displays
This very minimal 3-page web site highlights Ocean Color's partnership with a major custom display company that enables us to offer large island trade shows displays to our larger corporate customers.
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Great American Cars
This site indulges my personal love for classic cars as well as my nostalgic love of this great country. Part of the concept of the site is to show the cars in detail with large images providing closer and richer views than one normally sees online. To get beautiful photos of classic cars, I enlisted the help of two great photographers, who are also, conveniently, old friends of mine, J.H. Peterson, and Stephen Sessa.
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Eleanor Dickinson, my mother and a great artist
When I was little and on crutches, my mother bit her lip and allowed me to do all things the other kids did. She was a great mom. She was also a great Foreign Service wife who adjusted beautifully to life in other countries. This site is a tribute to her artwork. (Oddly, there is another very well known artist by the same name, whose art is good buy very different. This is why I had to add "….artist" to the domain name. Her name had been taken by the other artist.)
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The Newport Music Festival
Every summer for the past 47 years, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island have been the scene of three weeks of classical music concerts featuring many of the best musicians from around the world. The objective of this site is to convey the splendor and elegance of the concerts through visually rich photography and page design.
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Allendale Enterprise
Allendale County, South Carolina, with its main town by the same name, is one of the ten poorest counties in the nation. The county has been essentially written off by the rest of the state, by the Department of Commerce, and even by many of its own people. The streets seem to be lined by long-empty commercial buildings, and there is no tourist bureau or chamber of commerce. There are a small number of active, even thriving, businesses, but the area is mostly an economic disaster area. A group of citizens formed a non-profit organization named Allendale Enterprise with the goal of promoting the county and attracting new business and tourism. This web site is the first project. The objective is to show the county in a completely positive way. Most of the photos on this site were taken by me.
History of Allendale
History of Allendale, South Carolina
Thanks to a new friendship with an aging South Carolinian named Jim Bryan, I obtained a treasure trove of historic images , as well as oral history of this southern town near the Georgia border. This almost forgotten town and county by the same name actually has a very rich history that reflects the history of our country.
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Ocean Trader Displays
This site showcases Ocean Color's line of very inexpensive displays imported from China. Hence the name ….trader. Dispite their low cost, these displays are actually very well made.
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