Below are some write-ups about a few projects I’ve worked on over the last year or so.
As a side project during lockdown, I put together an author website for Alison Marr, a flash fiction and poetry writer based in Kilburn. She had set herself up with a simple Wordpress site when she was on a Creative Writing course a few years ago, but this needed a bit of an update, and she also wanted a simpler way to author posts if possible. I decided that instead of rewriting the Wordpress theme she was using, I would transfer the site over to Jekyll (which I’m more familiar with), add a new clean design, and try to set up a simple CMS for her to author and edit posts.
As a very short side project during lockdown 2020, I played around with the Wordnik API and the Unsplash API to generate images with dictionary definitions of nature words as a way to practise making API requests in Ruby. Will post some of the code soon, but for now here are some of the images:
Flyleaf fetches events data from a number of London bookshops (currently four: Burley Fisher Books, Pages of Hackney and Pages Cheshire Street, and Libreria) – a number which I intend to add to as and when I have time. The column on the right is just placeholder copy for now, but it’ll probably be used for a couple of news items in publishing, maybe a recently published or forthcoming title from a press I tend to follow.
As part of Side Project Summer, an initiative set up by the team behind Consonance to promote digital literacy in the publishing industry, I attempted to build a static site that interacts with the Consonance API. I had recently learned the basics of what an API is, and how to make API calls using
curl and later the Ruby gem
httparty, so I thought it would be useful to put these into practical application – and so, side project!
Gloss’d is a site that I’m working on to host book reviews. I wanted to build a blog to publish reviews but thought I’d have a go at doing this from scratch (rather than using a blogging site) as a way of practising some web design and development. The books on the site are books that I’ve read and would like to review, but currently only using placeholder text and is a little out of date.