by Ian Mann
March 07, 2020
Jazzmann website designer Phil Dunsford shares his thoughts about the recent upgrading of the Jazzmann website.
Phil Dunsford writes;
New Look Jazzmann Website.
Hello and welcome to the newly designed Jazzmann website! It’s been a long time in the making and long overdue but hopefully it will serve to carry Ian, his contributors, and you, the loyal readers, forward for many years to come.
My name’s Phil and I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ian, and his wife Pam, for over 10 years. It has been a long time since our first meeting in a pub to discuss putting a website together to where we are today. It was an exciting project to be involved with and, for me, the creative aspect of designing and building a website along with Ian’s unique and passionate content, was very appealing.
The site launched back in 2008 and, in terms of technology and devices, a lot has changed during that time. Not least the rise of the smartphone and tablet markets, which we now see as a huge percentage of how people are finding, reading and sharing the content.
Since its launch, http://www.thejazzmann.com has largely remained unchanged. At the time it felt fresh and modern and certain aspects were even featured in some online design publications as innovative and inspiring! Something I took great pride in.
As the years have passed, however, technology and tastes have moved on and while the site has mostly remained functional, I’ve long been aware that an upgrade was of critical importance for Ian and for you, the artists and readers.
Back in October last year, I set out to not only redesign from the ground up but to upgrade the entire back-end system, the results of which are here for you today. It’s a much cleaner and modern look and is now fully responsive across tablets and mobiles. Without getting too technical, the back-end system has also been entirely upgraded which, hopefully, will allow us to keep http://www.thejazzmann.com running smoothly into the new decade.
Over the years, http://www.thejazzmann.com has grown to be a hugely impressive archive of work for artists and readers alike and rightly recognised by Ian’s recent winning of the Jazz Media Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019.
It is testament to his hard work, dedication, and above all, passion for the jazz community that I felt it was of such importance and a duty, both to him and to you that the site continues to serve that effort.
We do hope you enjoy the new site and look forward to your continued support and feedback. Please feel free to drop a comment below if you spot anything. There may be a few gremlins yet to iron out but hopefully the reading experience will be much improved.
Thanks again to Ian and his contributors, and you the artists and readers.
I’m very grateful to Phil, and also to James Powis who administers certain sections of the site, for all the hard work they have put in over the course of the last twelve years to help keep the Jazzmann a viable concern.
My computer and technical knowledge is extremely limited and without the help of these two wonderful gentlemen the Jazzmann site wouldn’t function at all. Between them they really are the Jazzmann’s life support system.
The task of upgrading and overhauling the site has been undertaken by Phil alone and despite it all becoming quite stressful at times he has made an absolutely marvellous job of it and the feedback we have received so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
I owe Phil a huge debt of gratitude for the enormous amount of time and effort that he has put in with regard to the upgrading and updating of the site. I’m delighted with the results and it’s now our intention to get the whole of the Jazzmann team together and return to the pub for a few celebratory beers!blog comments powered by Disqus