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The French Fencing Factory

The French Fencing Factory homepage

The French Fencing Factory homepage

I’m excited. Next month I’m going to watch the fencing at the London 2012 Olympics. In 2006 I joined a fencing club where I met Priscille and Claire. When they decided to start up there own club I had to join. The French Fencing Factory is a fun, inclusive place to fence and the members super friendly. Oh, and Priscille is probably the Frenchest person in England. If you fancy a spot of épée do look them up. :-)

You need a logo

When Priscille asked if I would do their website I enthusiastically said yes. The name was already decided upon. They did not however have a logo. To create their website I also created The French Fencing Factory logo. The name sounds great, only it’s very wordy. So I stacked it vertically, force justified into a block. I chose the font to fit the ‘factory’ theme. It looks like it could be machine pressed into metal or concrete with it’ rounded corners, imperfections and the straightness of the R’s leg. I played with the balance by placing the sword on the right and offsetting it with ‘THE’ on the left. Works well even when photocopied. Looks brilliant printed on t-shirts and sweatshirts.

The French Fencing Factory logo design

The French Fencing Factory logo design

 

WordPress as CMS

What Priscille and Claire needed was something they could update themselves. Without too much maintanence or code. I explained how they could use WordPress to add, delete and update pages. No posts. No comments. I sat with them for a few hours and guided them through the WordPress set-up and showed them how to use WordPress admin. They are absolute stars. Going from complete newbies to running their own site in no time. :-)

 

This site uses XHTML and all the tricks for Internet Explorer 6 compatibility (Anyone remember filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader?). It’s due for an update. Stay tuned for a HTML 5 version that adds more features as the club grows.

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