The Windrifter Resort
- Category: Web design
- Industry: Hospitality
- Responsibilities: Design, HTML5 and CSS page builds, ExpressionEngine integration
- Launched: October 4, 2011
- View This Project: www.windrifterresort.com
I love New Hampshire, so when the Windrifter Resort, which is one of the first timeshare resorts in America, came to Envision looking for a new website to better showcase their resort, I was instantly excited for the opportunity. Designing a resort website was something I had long wanted to take on, so this was my chance to finally do so - and since the resort in question was in New Hampshire, well, that was even better!
After presenting the resort with a series of designs, they choose the general layout and feel of mine (the overall layout, typography, and wooden logo sign were all pieces of my original design), coupled with some elements from another Envision designer's comp (the mountainous background and general color palette). Working with the resort, I combined elements (making adjustments as necessary) to create a design that reflected the history and feel of their cherished resort and promoted the resort to both potential new owners as well as other timeshare owners looking to exchange their own timeshare and stay in Wolfeboro, NH at the Windfrifter's Main Campus or Yacht Club.
The site itself was built with HTML5 and a generous helping of CSS3, including a variety of transition effects (such as the logo sign that swings on hover) in browsers that support those features.
For a content management system, ExpressionEngine was used, taking advantage of many of the platform's features, such as channels for news and press releases, ease of management for the client and a secure area for resort owners to access content only meant for them. The site was deployed in early October, just in time for the area's foliage season and right before the winter season kicks in for skiing, snowboarding and more.
You can visit the new site at www.windrifterresort.com.