Royal Jelly Factory's affordable web-design and coding services are aimed primarily at those involved in the arts, particularly individual artists and small-scale organizations.
Websites by Royal Jelly Factory
The website of the Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed. Royal Jelly Factory converted the artist's existing website to run on the ExpressionEngine content management system, allowing the artist's studio to update the site using a web-based interface.
The website of Art Monthly, the UK's leading contemporary art magazine. This website incorporates the ExpressionEngine content management system, allowing the magazine's editors to update the site themselves using a web-based interface.
The website of the British performance artist Fran Cottell. This website incorporates the ExpressionEngine content management system, allowing the artist to update the site herself using a web-based interface.
Catalogue contemporary art magazine
The website of Catalogue, a new online contemporary art magazine in English and French. This website incorporates the ExpressionEngine content management system, allowing the magazine's editors to update the site themselves using a web-based interface.
Folio illustration agency
The website of Folio, one of the world's leading illustration agencies. This website incorporates the ExpressionEngine content management system, allowing agency staff to update the site themselves using a web-based interface.
The website of the British painter Roberta Booth.
The website of the British performance artist and sculptor Stuart Mayes.
Andy Mackay + The Metaphors
The website of The Metaphors, a new band formed by Andy Mackay of Roxy Music. This website incorporates the ExpressionEngine content management system, allowing band members to update the site themselves using a web-based interface.
The website of the British painter Denis Ryan.
The website of the British painter Stephen Buckley.
The website of the British artist Tim Head.
Our Design Philosophy
Our web-design philosophy is this: an effective website is one that is both quick and easy to use for all viewers.
To this end, websites we construct are user-friendly, professionally produced and technically robust.
Click on the links below to find answers to frequently asked web-design questions.
We have good understanding of web-design issues, having worked with the Internet in various capacities since 1995, including:
- Teaching web design and coding
- Constructing websites for clients
- Running the Editorial department of a major contemporary art dotcom
Our background in editorial work ensures that copy check all text on our sites.
While there are many factors determining download speed, some of which are outside the designer's control, there are things that can be done. Here's what we do:
- We write the HTML and CSS code directly in a text editor (BBEdit), and do not use graphical WYSIWYG editors (such as DreamWeaver, GoLive, PageMill, etc.). This ensures that all our code is clean and efficient, allowing the fastest possible loading times.
- We compress all image files as much as possible while ensuring that no image quality is lost.
- We try to avoid animation technologies that require unused content to load before viewers can see the information that they are interested in.
These are the steps we take to ensure that as broad an audience as possible can enjoy our websites:
- We check our websites on the Worldwide Web Consortium's own HTML validator, ensuring that our coding is error-free and conforms to official HTML standards.
- We test our websites in multiple web browsers - Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc. - and on both Mac and PC platforms.
- We test our websites for backwards-compatibility with older versions of these web browsers.
- Our websites don't require additional plug-ins because they are produced using only standard HTML and CSS code rather than, for example, Flash movies.
Websites should be search-engine friendly from the ground up; that is, the design should make the website's content accessible to search engines rather than opaque. We structure the content of our websites logically, making it accessible to the automated web crawlers that search engines send out. This is also why we avoid presenting the content with Flash movie animations, because this makes the content opaque to search engines.
For larger, more complicated or frequently updated websites, we can build the site using the ExpressionEngine content management system, which allows you to update the site yourself using a series of web-based forms.
Just ask. Setting up a website can be a daunting project, which is why we're happy to advise on the various aspects involved - from the cheapest way to register domain names (web addresses), to the various hosting options.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org