website 3.0

I’m delighted to welcome you to the third version of richardsweeney.com!

The typography is based on a few 17th century books that are important sources for my work with historical performance and that have kept me good musical company over the years. John Dowland’s ‘varietie of lvte lessons’ (published 1610) was of particular interest to me, the typography is beautiful, not to mention the music!

I had been planning to start writing a blog for a while now and having worked a lot with WordPress of late, it was really a joy to implement. I’m planning to blog about both music and design in equal measure, but I guess we’ll see how that pans out.

One thing I hope to do is to be able to give back a little to the online web design community. It’s amazing how open the community is, how willing to share knowledge people are. I have often wished that it were the same within the world of historical performance, which by comparison seems so closed. Perhaps it’s time for a historical performance Wikipedia? The whole area has, in my opinion, really stagnated of late – where are this generation’s pioneers?!

Anyway, that’s a discussion for another day. Right now, I’m planning to add some beginner tutorials in the aspects of web design I find most interesting and rewarding, namely jQuery and WordPress. I’m not an expert in either subject by any means, but I remember well what it was like to be a complete beginner and I’d love to help provide an easy way in for total noobs!

Watch this space… Remember – you can keep updated by following me on TwitterFacebook or by subscribing to the feed.

Callino Quartet Website redesign

I’ve just launched my redesign of the Callino Quartet’s website!

The original site was not in any way ugly, but it was a pain for the quartet to keep updated and looked a little dated. The code was butt-ugly and needed a complete overhaul. I used WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for the site and rewrote the code using standards compliant xHTML & CSS (with the exception of a few CSS3 additions) plus a little PHP and a dash of my absolute favourite javascript library jQuery. I also integrated a handy plugin that grabs a Google Picasa web album and displays it on the site.

callino quartet

It was, as ever, my goal to make the entire site updatable by the client. I’m pretty happy with the results and, more importantly, so is the quartet!

Check it out at callinoquartet.com.