A Plain Fish specializes in designing and building handcrafted websites. We do not use templates. For us every client is individual and every website unique.
We are Juliet Lunn and Alan O'Cain. Find out more about us and our web design services on our ANSWERS page. If there is anything else you would like to ask please get in touch.
Scroll down this page to view a selection of sites from our portfolio.
Our brief was to create a site that was clean and straightforward but also attention grabbing in its design. We created the logo, chose the colour scheme and manipulated the images used to help achieve this.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Wow! It looks fantastic! So pleased, thank you so much. It really is different, clean, striking and with loads of personality - exactly what I was looking for."
We created this website for an art installation conceived by Alan and created in collaboration with students and the Botanic Garden at Durham University. We have included it on our portfolio to demonstrate how a punchy and vibrant site can be created simply using colour and font.
Our client needed a wide variety of features for his engaging new website including the facility to add written "jottings" and to showcase audio and video excerpts.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Thank you again. We are very fortunate to have had you design our lovely sites."
An elegant colour scheme works in harmony with Emma's stylish publicity shots to showcase the talent and appeal of an accomplished classical performer.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "... many thanks. I'm very happy about my new website! I've already added a few concert dates and I'm glad to see that it's very straightforward!"
Striking in its simplicity. Punchy use of red and black and large background photograph on the home page overlaid with a slideshow of client recommendations.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "... this is looking really, really good ... all reaction to the site so far extremely, extremely favourable. Good work!"
A single page compact site for new business venture Freshly Hatched. We created the logo for this bright modern site and made use of a large background photograph for the company strapline. Handmade icons provide the finishing touches for this bespoke site.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Thanks for this – a really good outcome. It looks very good and captures what we do!"
In collaboration with Jon we created a site that serves as a showcase for his varied career as a lyric baritone in opera and recital and also accommodates his wide ranging interests in all aspects of singing and music for voice.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Thank you so much for judging my requirements so astutely and for bringing such fine visual and technical expertise to the whole thing!"
We created the logo for this fully responsive site and utilised full screen width photographs to enhance the site visually.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "I really like the whole thing. It's a great shop window for me."
We created the logo for SOSS to give an up-to-date and fresh feel to this organisation, established in 1798.
The website is responsive and clearly sets out the organisation's objectives.
CLIENT FEEDBACK :"Thank you for the excellent work you have done. It captures what we do in an attractive way, it is clear, very easy to navigate and it is as crisp as we wanted."
We created the logo for SGBI to give an up-to-date and fresh feel to this organisation, established in 1843.
The website is responsive and clearly sets out the organisation's objectives.
We followed the client's brief closely to creat a multi-featured modern site for this established North London arts festival.
Includes: a fully editable (images and text) feature slideshow on the home page; easy to manage events automatically displayed in list format leading to detail page and interactive calendar.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "I’m very happy with the new site. Really beautiful work."
A new site for London-based Australian soprano Anita Watson.
Includes: easy management of reviews with the option of selection for display on any page; embedded YouTube and SoundCloud players.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Thank you for everything. Have had lots of nice comments about my new website!"
A clear, effective, user-friendly, professional-looking site to showcase a regional business. Includes: large photographs with text over on key pages - both the photographs and text fully editable via the Admin Panel.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Website is fantastic, can't wait to show everyone! And great that I should be able to completely manage it myself. Thanks for all your work and patience."
Queen's Eyot is a unique and special island venue owned by Eton College and is situated in the River Thames close to Windsor. We were delighted to be asked to give the site a redesign having first developed the site several years ago. The site now benefits from being responsive and with an easy to use Admin Panel for the client to apply updates.
We took our client's graphic logo and combined it with a background photograph to help project a feel for the company's professional activities in media and PR. The site is easy for the client to update via the Admin Panel.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "The site looks absolutely stunning! The functions are so clear too. Great layout and design. Huge thanks."
Responsive site featuring engagements diary, gallery, custom MailChimp signup form, embedded Tweets.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "... the site is amazing, and I keep getting lovely compliments from many colleagues."
We originally developed this site four years ago and were given the opportunity by our client to give the site a facelift and make it responsive. We paid particular attention to performance in search engine results - the site is currently listed on the first page in 8th position in the organic search engine results for "carpenter in Hampshire".
The site is responsive and includes a slideshow and gallery all easily updateable via the CMS.
Raphaela Papadakis is a British soprano. Our objective was to realise Raphaela's vision of a site which would promote a feeling of cheer and brightness whilst remaining classy and professional!
The site is responsive and includes a slideshow, gallery, video and audio, all easily updateable via the CMS.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "... it all looks fantastic I am so pleased with it."
Malin Broman is a Swedish violinist much in demand as a soloist, artistic director, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral leader. This minimalist and stylish site reflects her diverse range of professional activities.
World-renowned conductor Martin André has the rare distinction of being the only conductor to have performed for all the major British opera companies. The site includes Martin's extensive repertoire and diary archive - all clearly displayed and easily navigated.
A vibrant new look to replace the previous Mvumi School Trust website. This extensive charity site uses bright colours and captivating original photographs to showcase the Trust's work. It includes a mailing list sign-up, online volunteer forms, slideshows and embedded YouTube videos.
Working with high-quality professional photographs of accomplished bass-baritone Charbel Mattar we created a simple and stylish site to showcase Charbel's work and singing philosophy.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Thank you for your patience, professionalism and flexibility."
A new site for Sacconi Quartet and their annual chamber music festival in Folkestone. A modern and vibrant look for this dynamic young quartet. We also updated the appearance of Sacconi on Facebook and Twitter to tie in with the new website.
We worked with designer Andy Tuohy's new logo and illustrations.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Thank you again for all your hard work. We really love the new site and have already had really positive reactions."
Working with a banner illustration created by graphic designer Andy Tuohy we developed a new site for Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival featuring top international musicians and directed by renowned pianist Paul Lewis and his wife, the accomplished cellist Bjørg Lewis.
FEATURES : Slideshow on the home page, Festival archive, lightbox style Gallery for each year, Google map, mailing list sign-up form, CMS, responsive design (see right).
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Looks wonderful. Bjørg has given a hearty thumbs up too. Many thanks for a superb job. Another success for your portfolio!"
Christopher Bucknall asked for a professional but personable looking website, a place where people can find out who he is and what he's about!
FEATURES : Auto-updating Engagements listing (with option to show chosen number on the home page, along with excerpt of latest News item). News page with Twitter widget. Media and Projects pages utilising bandcamp shortcode to inject audio tracks and albums and YouTube shortcode for video. Lightbox style Gallery with categories. CMS. Responsive design (see right).
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "The site looks really excellent - really easy to navigate and it looks very good, so thank you!"
"I've just spent the last hour doing some updating on the CMS and was staggered by how friendly it was!"
A new website for Australian soprano Sky Ingram. Some great photographs help to bring the site to life.
FEATURES : Background slideshow on the home page, News page with plenty of options in the Admin Panel for controlling paging and archiving, auto-updating Diary, lightbox style Gallery with categories and showing large thumbnails, CMS, responsive design (see right).
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Ingpen are so impressed with your work and think you have truly helped to introduce me in a most professional light to the world of opera! Thank you with all my heart!!!"
A minimalist style site to showcase the work of composer Mike MacLennan.
FEATURES : CMS, lightbox for audio/video content, filtering of work items, switch on/off paging option, select work items for home page.
CLIENT feedback on using the CMS for the first time : "I've looked through and tried stuff out and made changes and it's SO easy to use."
David Butt Philip wanted "a simple, stylish, professional look" for his website.
FEATURES : Responsive gallery slideshows, auto-updating Engagements Diary, CMS, responsive design (see right), spam-robot protection for email addresses.
A new website for taxidermists Colin Dunton Ltd.
FEATURES : Slideshow on the home page and lightbox style Gallery with categories and showing large thumbnails, CMS, responsive design (see right).
Tom wanted a minimalist looking site for his work as a composer. The site is responsive - meaning that it adapts to different screen sizes (see right), making it friendlier for those viewing the site on smart phones.
FEATURES : CMS, responsive design, multiple audio players with playlists styled to fit the site, category filters for work items.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Wow! Looks fantastic, thanks so much!"
Working with a limited range of photographs we took the striking circular studio portraits as our cue for the design for the website.
FEATURES : CMS, auto-updating concerts listing, slideshow of reviews, toggle content on/off, audio clips.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Fantastic work! It all looks so good ... Brilliant."
Website for renowned viola player Lawrence Power. Home page with large background photograph and slideshow of reviews. Bold geometric, layered design.
FEATURES : CMS, auto-updating engagements listing, embedded YouTube video.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "The site looks great and thank you so much for your hard work I really do appreciate it ..."
Site designed to envelop the visitor in Cathy's colourful world of book illustrations and artworks.
FEATURES : CMS, artist portfolio, twitter widget, lucky dip, news/blog with archive.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "It does look lovely and I think you have understood me as a person, and my work as an artist, very, very well. The fact that it is a beautifully designed site is a testament more to the way that you really listen to a client and your creative skills, than all your very great technical ability. Thank you so much!"
Muted professional design for this comprehensive online CV. Extensive use of tables to present information clearly and concisely.
FEATURES : Lightweight CMS, tabular data.
The Grier Trio is father and two daughters, Francis, Savitri and Indira.
FEATURES : logo, audio (including playlist), selected photography, video.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "We have been delighted with our website. Many of our friends, professional musicians and general enquirers have also commented on how informative, attractive and user-friendly it is. Maintaining and developing it has also been an anxiety-free zone, due to the friendly professionalism of A Plain Fish. From our experience, we would recommend them without hesitation."
Bold design using client's preferred colours and integrating business card logo.
FEATURES : lightweight CMS.
CLIENT FEEDBACK : "Looks great!"
A calm and restful site complemented by Alan's photographs of Burnham Beeches.
FEATURES : all photography, simple brochure site, lightweight CMS.
This is Alan's personal art website.
FEATURES : digital animation, flip-books, image magnifier, audio, embedded YouTube video, slideshow, sliders, blog, large background images.