Will Hillenbrand, Children’s Book Author-Illustrator, Web Site

Client Will Hillenbrand, children's book illustrator

Please don't tell Will this, but I found it really intimidating at first designing for him, even though he is one of the nicest people on the planet. Nationally acclaimed and a well-established award winning illustrator, I got pretty nervous when he called to discuss redesigning his web site.

During the time we worked on this very colaborative process (which did take a while to finish ... this is a BIG site) I got to relax, and just get to business. Will was receptive to suggestions, and our results tended to be very much a creative blend.

To start, Will was looking for a refresh to his old web site. After reviewing that site and meeting Will and his assistant, my goals were:

  1. For this site to look more WILL (to keep his art as prominent and pervasive as possible).
  2. To streamline the navigation. There is a lot of information here, which is great, but things needed to be easier to find.
  3. To make it easy for his assistant to later update the site, using Adobe Dreamweaver as a content management system.


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