Early Skyfox Design
Whilst I was considering naming my company, I happened to unearth an old box of games with ‘Skyfox’ sitting on the top, an old Commodore 64 game I played as a child. The name really resonated with me and ‘Skyfox Design’ was born. My logo developed as a fox’s face with the shape of the cheeks representing wings.
Over the last 15 years this had evolved and simplified into the form below on the right. Recently, after designing many minimalist logos and watching this trend for clarity and simplicity grow, I felt that mine could be paired down even further, leading to the ‘paper aeroplane’ inspired final version below.
When I started university in 2005, we were tasked with building our own websites. They advised using Photoshop to build the site using tables and grids. From my years of keeping up with the trends in web design, I knew it would be far more progressive to use newer technology, and at the time Adobe Flash was the best tool for creating showcase sites.
In 2 months I learnt the basics of Flash and decided I wanted to build a site that was unique and had an interactive menu design. I did some research into incorporating a 3D cube with movement physics and ended up with the site below, which you can access here.
Even in 2005, with web access on mobile devices just beginning, I knew I could not rely on Flash alone as it was unusable on these platforms. So alongside this I developed a standard HTML partner site, however I was never really happy with this separation of sites, and a few years later I went on to develop a new site based on standards compliant, cross-platform HTML.
This new site embodied my belief in liquid layouts – where it doesn’t matter what aspect ratio the site is viewed in, it will reformat itself and look great. This incarnation was based around a unique navigation system consisting of four main panels: About; Career; Work & Talk. I really enjoyed working on this project, and I loved getting to flex my CSS animation muscles, but the main thing missing was a content management system. The current site was designed to address this need, working more strongly with SEO and allowing easier navigation around my various projects.
Due to it’s extensible nature, the navigation for this site will also be released on GitHub as a standalone structure for others to use.