Welcome to the 1 Happy Place Portfolio! You can check out my work and find inspiration and ideas for your own website!

ElliotAppelPaints.com →

Elliot Appel

Elliot Appel is a professional artist who paints cityscapes of New York as well as commissions. He needed a new multi-page website including two distinct portfolios. One portfolio for the cityscapes and one for his commissions, which was broken up into three categories that were shown on the same page.

Stylistically, Elliot paints cityscapes from New York City. The Forma DJR font matches his overall city vibe, with it's clear single-stroke lettering set in lowercase. Since he specializes in painting buildings, I added a white brick on the masthead to complete the look, which is used as a background in other sections of the website.

TraceyLeeCassin.com →

Tracey Lee Cassin

Tracey Lee Cassin is a multi-talented artist and photographer who needed a one-page website to pull together her extensive Internet presence including a popular blog, social media and marketplaces.

Her work spans many mediums as well as subjects and styles. On her blog, she was already using a black, white and gold color scheme. Those colors along with the clean font, Pragmatica, combined with Shelby font with all its flair, worked well to pull together a one-page website that brings all her fascinating work into one place.

JorgensenArt.com →

Agnes Jorgensen

Agnes Jorgensen is an award-winning artist who needed a website redesign. She is a very active artist and required a website to communicate her portfolio, testimonials, commission work, museum exhibit and extensive awards.

Stylistically, Agnes' work has amazing intricate detail and complex color palettes. I created a design with the bold combination of light yellow, dark red and dark blue, but used with a softness that matches her compelling artwork. The font was chosen to pull it all together to best represent who she is as an artist.

SchipHillArt.com →

Judith Thompson

SchipHill Art is a studio where Judith Thompson paints beautiful oil paintings. She needed to upgrade her website to better serve her business needs. I built a multi-page website as well as the software to build a unique portfolio allowing her to show paintings in collections. A painting can be in one or more collections.

Stylistically, her artwork is strong, colorful and full of intricate patterns. The font, Medici Script, with it's lovely swashes and strong letters made a perfect match for the overall theme of her artwork. The dark red and light yellow enhance her artwork without overpowering it.

LyndaDurham.com →

Lynda Durham

Lynda Durham is a talented professional artist who needed an internet presence to promote her artwork. To get her started, I built a one-page website to promote her commissioned pet portraits. She had three call-to-actions for visitors: peruse her portfolio, give her a call to start a commission and follow her on Instagram.

Stylistically, the font Present has lots of lively serifs, which fit perfectly with her portraits, which bring the subject to life. Her paintings are of a single subject and vertical in nature, so for the hero graphic, I put an example set of paintings on a wall.

ZimageryStudios.com →

Zimagery Studios

Check out a website coming soon

When you first hire me, I quickly put into place the "Coming Soon!" graphic for your domain. This builds the roads that will always be used for your website. It encourages search engines to stop by once in awhile to see when your full website appears.

clio.1happyplace.com →


Check out my open source project Clio

Clio is my open source software project. It is common for a software engineer to publish an open source project, in case any other software engineers can use the code. I have automated much of the administration of the 1 Happy Place servers, including deployment and updates of websites. This allows me to keep my costs low. Everything is done on the Linux command line, so I have published a library of PHP code that makes it much easier to build a command-line application.

Showroom Websites

I also have a set of sample websites you can take out for a spin. As shown above, each website I create is tailored for each client, but this set of websites will help generate ideas on what your website should do to fulfill your goals.

1happystart.com →

1 Happy Start

1 Happy Start

If you need an anchor website that ties together your internet presence or simply want to get off the ground quickly, 1 Happy Start is the best choice.

1happyvalue.com →

1 Happy Value

1 Happy Value

1 Happy Value is a multi-page website with a minimalist design. This allows for lower cost and a quicker launch. This website does not have a custom design, and therefore costs less to develop. Later, we can layer on a custom design without losing ground as your business grows and budget allows.

1happypage.com →

1 Happy Page

1 Happy Page

1 Happy Page demonstrates an extensive one page website that captures all the information needed for the visitor. It includes a sample portfolio and a contact form. This page allows the user to move down through the contents, rather than clicking to different pages. It has a full custom design to highlight the personality of the individual or business.

1happyartist.com →

1 Happy Artist

1 Happy Artist

1 Happy Artist demonstrates a portfolio for an artist. The example uses Monet as the artist, so the design of the website flows around his art. The logo, font, and colors chosen fade into the background so as not to detract from his amazing colors. It is my passion to design a website for artists that allows the art or craft to be front and center and the website drifts into the background, much like a museum wall or pedestal displaying art.

1happysite.com →

1 Happy Site

1 Happy Site

1 Happy Site demonstrates a standard brochure website that contains many web pages. It has a full custom design, with colors, fonts, and a specialized layout to give a unique look and feel.