Nick Mertens

Welcome to The Crypt

Blog & Portfolio

Welcome to my blog and portfolio! This is where I post new work and the occasional update around illustration, web development and other topics.

The new website is REAL!

4 Oct, 2015

Hi everyone! If you’ve seen my website before, you might notice it has changed a lot!

My previous site was built on WordPress, adapted from an existing theme. However, I was never entirely happy with it, plus WordPress is a bit bloaty. Aside from that, I felt a refresh in design was due as well!

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The Baby Bag

24 Sep, 2015

The Baby Bag

Website Development

The Baby Bag is a concept created by Jessie Jarvie and she hired the agency Image Centre Group to make it a reality for her. It was designed in-house and then given to me for the front-end development.
The e-commerce store is built on the Shopify platform and was loosely based on an existing theme and customised from there.
One of the main challenges with this website was the recurring payment system. Customers have the option to get a certain selection of products delivered to their door every so many weeks, as per their choosing. However, in order to accept these recurring payments via credit cards, we had to use an existing plugin, which connected to a number of services.

However, only one of these services was available in New Zealand: BrainTree. To make matters worse, the service had only just launched here, so it was still in beta and we were advised we were the first clients to use it. This being both exciting and scary, we got stuck in and made it work.

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AIM Design & Development

24 Sep, 2015

AIM Design & Development

Website Design and Development in WordPress

Working closely with the client, I designed this one-page scrolling website with parallax images.

Then, after a few iterations and final approval, I worked on the front end development through WordPress. See below wireframes and final designs.

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One Pissed Parrot

21 Dec, 2014

One Pissed Parrot

This is one pissed parrot. Why is he pissed? It might have something to do with those feathers there.

It all started with a few quick sketches, before settling on this one. As you can see in the progress shots below, I started by adding local colours (the base colour of a material not in light or shadow), then shadows, highlights, bounce light, a secondary light source, texture, background and lastly, depth of field.

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