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Hi guys! I want to take you with me, for a quick second back in time, to that very moment when Global Storybook was just a vague idea, and show you how everything that you see on this site, came to be.
Building the Website:
So how do you make a website? Where do you start? Do you use a pre-made, generic template, hire a designer, or study up and build everything yourself from scratch?
These are the questions that I had about 16 months ago when Global Storybook existed only in my… head. I knew that I had to build this site, and I knew that I wanted it to look a certain way but there was one minor problem… I had zero experience in web design, and no IT background, whatsoever.
Luckily, the information on how to build one is readily available on the internet, and I quickly learned that all that it really takes is… a lot of patience, a ton of trials and errors, but most importantly – a clear vision as to the ultimate outcome. In other words, you have to know for sure what it is that you are trying to achieve, before you actually sit down and start designing it.
Since I decided to build this site entirely on my own, I am not going to lie when I tell you that there were a lot of hair pulling moments, a lot of curses came flying out of my mouth, especially when I managed to crash it at least twice, in the process. But, there were also a lot of those moments of pure bliss and satisfaction that only come from hard work, once you see the growth of your project and realize how far you have come. The process was actually very long (almost 6 months) and tedious (there are around 300 pages, almost 2,500 categories and just as many menus corresponding to each one, but I am not going to bore you with the details).
Fast-forward to today, I can honestly tell you that nothing in this World comes even close to this magic of seeing your baby and knowing it from inside out. Yep, I know every room and each corner, every curve and shape, every tiniest detail, down to the actual number of the color palette used on the walls of this site. Shhh, if you haven’t figured it out yet – I am that type of a perfectionist, a total control freak that your Mom told you to stay away from. But, jokes aside, I had a vision for Global Storybook and I am just happy that it looks exactly how I had it in mind.
Now, let’s take a quick peak into how Global Storybook actually looked like in its early development phase.
The Home Page:
It all started with an idea. Then a sketch. Here’s the sketch:
I had a clear vision for the top picture (called the ‘header’) which included stamps on the right hand side; the name, drawn in pencil, in the middle; and some coffee stains on the far left side. I used this sketch along with some samples of stamps and coffee stains and went on this cool website to shop for a designer, who could translate my vision into the final product.
It wasn’t easy in the beginning, and here’s what the first designer came up with:
I still cringe when I look at this, don’t even know why I saved this. Maybe as a reminder that… things happen, but you must stay true to your vision and never give up.
Thankfully, I was able to find the right designer fairly quickly, and even though I had to ask him for a hundred minor revisions, the header was eventually completed:
Now, as to the the bottom picture, known as the ‘footer’, the process was much quicker and easier:
*Too much in the stains area, let’s remove them completely from the left side and fix the right side – here we go:*
The logo idea was a joint effort between me and my husband. He started it by drawing a balloon, and I completed it by… asking him to add a white cup (with coffee). Below is his original sketch of Global Storybook’s logo (he’s also much better at drawing than I 😮):
I gave it to the designer and he was able to translate the vision… well, eventually anyway:
The final version of the classic GS’s logo:
And some other fun variations:
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into Global Storybook’s history, and if you will have any questions, suggestions, or even need an advise – please do not hesitate to ask!