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Maximilian Bartel


LeadPilot Website Design

Me and the team, we've been working hard on the design and development of our latest web service, a tool which can create countless search word-related and search engine-optimized landing pages without any programming experience required. As soon as the application itself has been completed, we've been ready to start working on the design of the marketing material and website itself in order to prepare for the launch. The goal we set for ourselves was to create a unique and interesting, slightly different website which attempts to stand out from the crowd, which is attractive and of course which is able to explain what LeadPilot is all about and what it can do in a meaningful and interactive way. Showcasing the features and providing a simple tour wasn't that much of a problem. The real challenge was to explain all of the advantages to our users in an entertaining and maybe even surprising way. That said, we decided to design and develop a header which is powered by a multi-step SVG animation created with a neat JavaScript library called BonsaiJS. Being new at animation itself, we had to learn this technology from the ground, but by the end of the project it became obvious that an explanation like this — even if it requires a significant amount of time and effort — works better for our purposes than a simple introduction video, not to mention that it is multi-lingual by default. Another critical area of this single page website was the pricing part. We want to be as transparent and honest as possible and so we also want to show our tiered prices in a self-explaining and engaging way instead of putting together a simple, static table. Because of that, we came up with a highly dynamic slider which does the job in a remarkable and particularly even entertaining way. By the end of the day, there's still plenty of work left to do on the website and of course on the app itself, especially on the mobile part which deserves a little more attention within the next weeks. However, what we got so far should be sufficient to put our product on the market and to convince visitors to give it a try hopefully. Any feedback would be appreciated of course! :-)

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Quick snap of the design I'm currently working on for a client. Not entirely done yet, still some things missing but I think it should be sufficient to get a first impression. I'm not entirely satisfied with it yet but I'm not sure what's missing so maybe somebody got an idea.

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The most recent project I've been working on. It's nearly done but not online yet — still needs a bit polishing in my opinion. The typography has been realized using Cufón which is a great piece of software in my opinion — if you don't already use it, you should seriously give it a try. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Concept of a ski area status widget I created in my spare time this week because I can't wait for winter to commence! :-) Nothing too fancy but any feedback or suggestions will be appreciated in order to improve it a bit if required. By the way, the background will fade to another image smoothly if the weather conditions change.

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Vacation Rental Business — Legal Aspects

Lately I considered building a vacation rental business / portal for a region nearby. Does anybody have experiences with a project like this and if there are any legal aspects to consider? Any help or opinion would be appreciated — just evaluating this possibility right now.

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The latest projects I've been working on — what do you think?

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Just a quick placeholder page I put together for my Mom's upcoming venture — nice to see her taking the step into self-employment too. The company will focus on the organization of professional child birthday celebrations and offers a wide variety of posies so every party will be different. Because of that, I embedded a chameleon into the logo type because diversity will be one of the most important aspects of her business.

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Showcase: Space Scenes in Web Design

Recently received an eMail from Felix — author on richwp.com — who kindly added my nearly two year old folio to a collection of beautiful space scene web design examples. All of the other sites look incredible so I feel a bit flattered that mine made it to the list as well.