Company Cafe wanted a basic informational site but needed a look that matched their business. They offer quality food service in corporate environments. So I tried to balance a color scheme that I thought would work well for a cafe with a clean, crisp layout that I might use for a more corporate setting. I also knew I wanted to use a dark solid background to bring out the colors in the pictures they sent me.
They needed a custom logo and this is what I cam up with, just a simple cursive font with some buildings in the background made to fit into the header at the top of the page…
They also wanted a splash page with a movie that would act as a little teaser for their company and what they do. They had some pictures and a script with the words they wanted to say, I just had to put it all together.
I approached it a little differently than most sites I have seen. The usual approach would be to create something like this in Flash. Being a filmmaker, I am more used to the video editing and titling software. so I used Motion (which is packaged with Final Cut Pro) and created the movie as Quicktime. Then I used a little programming trickery to hide the white Quicktime window you usually see while a movie is loading. Once it is loaded it plays normally.