ONYA nominee and FullCodePress winner. Drummer and fire-juggler. Pixel perfectionist.
I'm Alison Green, and under the name WebWeaver Productions I have been designing, building and developing award-winning websites since 1996. In that time I've worked on about 300 sites, ranging in size from a single page to over 6,000,000 pages, including more than 100 web projects for various Government departments, agencies and ministries.
I've worked as a contractor with many design and development companies including Badger Communications, Base Two, Chrometoaster, Codec/SYL, Communication Arts, Cue Design, CWA New Media, Datacraft, Designworks, DNA, Fairfax, Fronde, Heyday, inov8, Insight Consultants, Learning Media, Mission Hall, Optimation, Origin Design, Oryx Technologies, Pikselin, Plan A, Proximity, Shift, Topaz Solutions, Touchcast and Vertigo Design.
I have worked as a full-time employee at both Origin Design and Shift following successful contracts with both companies, and I have also designed and built many other websites for individual clients, often collaborating with other freelancers, under the name WebWeaver Productions.
You can see many of the websites I've had a hand in creating in my case studies portfolio. You will find my work history in my career snapshot. The latest version of my web design/development resumé (PDF, 318KB) is also available for download.
Because I've been involved in the web industry since the early days when specialisation was not an option, I've got extensive experience in all aspects of the web design process, from pitching for new contracts right through to delivering completed HTML/CSS templates ready for CMS integration. These days I focus on information architecture, design, HTML/CSS and jQuery, and I love having the opportunity to use my scoping, project management, content strategy and web editing skills on projects for my WebWeaver clients.
As a result of my extensive experience I've become something of an e-govt and accessibility specialist, and (timeline and budget permitting) I incorporate accessibility best practice into all the websites I build - because I believe that everyone should be able to access all websites, not just Government ones.
My range of clients (as a contractor, freelancer and/or employee) includes TradeMe, BNZ Bank, Govt.nz, Occupational Therapy New Zealand, Electrical Workers Registration Board, Building Practitioners Board, Toyota, Radio New Zealand, the Co-operative Bank, Kirkaldie & Stains, Fairfax Digital, Sorted, Museums Wellington, WellingtonNZ, Holmes Consulting Group, Ministry for the Environment, Optimation, Historic Places Trust, NIWA, Salvation Army, NZWood, Weta Digital, Master Plumbers Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ, New Zealand String Quartet, Tourism New Zealand, Education New Zealand, Māori Media Network, Shift, KiwiSaver, WWF-NZ, National Library, Office of Film & Literature Classification, LINZ, Ministry of Education, Department of Conservation, Victoria University, Origin Design, WOMAD, Contact Energy, Fonterra, Transpower, and Icebreaker.
I have a perfectionist's eye for detail and strive for excellence in everything I do. In 2007 I was a member of the New Zealand team in the inaugural international website building competition, FullCodePress - which we won.
I have worked with many other talented designers, web developers and programmers - I feel privileged to have been a part of so many great teams at various design agencies. My programming partner for the last few years has been Tom St George - who was also a colleague at Shift for three years. Our design partners for the past few years have been Sue Quigley, who was also a colleague at Shift, and Shelley Masters, an independent print/web designer. We function as an informal collective, and together we design, build and integrate beautiful websites for a range of clients under the name of WebWeaver Productions.
In the inaugural ONYA Web Awards, New Zealand’s web awards by the industry, for the industry, I received four nominations for three different websites in three different categories – including Best Accessibility and Best Use of HTML and CSS, where two out of the three finalists were WebWeaver websites. In the 2011 ONYAs, the WellingtonNZ website which I helped to build as a contractor at Chrometoaster, was a finalist in the Most Outstanding Website category, the ONYAs’ top award.
I also teach web design, and have written and run a number of web design courses in New Zealand and Australia. I've been known to dabble in multimedia occasionally - let me tell you about the time my friends and I made a 40-minute documentary for under $1,000. (It's really good, too!)
I've done a few other things - like helping to organise New Zealand's biggest outdoor dance festival on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere - but these days I tend to stick around Wellington and do what I do best - design and build websites.
I love my work, and take great pride in producing websites of the highest quality - fully proof-read and tested - on-time and within budget. I understand the web design process from start to finish at a very detailed level, including the range of requirements and activities necessary for the successful completion of each phase, and I'm highly qualified to lead and manage web projects as well as to actually get in there and do the work.