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Fiona Snyckers

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I Can Haz Website?

Louis Greenberg made history today as the most self-deprecating author in South Africa. To the list of achievements he is reluctant to acknowledge, may now be added “designer of fearfully girly websites”. That’s right – Louis has been getting in touch with his feminine side and coming up with deliciously animated graphics of highheeled shoes floating out of martini glasses, and silver stars drifting down the page.

Perhaps most impressive of all, he managed not to reveal quite how against the grain all this girly frivolity went with him.

Here’s a sample of the Louis-Fiona collaborative process -

LOUIS: So how do you think its looking now?

FIONA: Great, great! But can’t you make it a bit … you know … pinker?

LOUIS: Pinker? It’s already pink.

FIONA: I know. But it could be pinker. And also, could the lipstick kind of … SHOOT out of the cocktail glass, instead of just, you know, gliding out?

LOUIS (scribbling notes): Lipstick to shoot out of glass. Right. Got it. What else?

FIONA: Pink words. I think it would be really cool if every page had some pink words on it.

LOUIS: Pink words. Um … okay. Anything else?

FIONA: The top I’m wearing in the photo. Do you think it’s really … how can I put it … pink enough? I don’t want to look too demure, after all.

LOUIS (wiping sweat from brow): No, no! Don’t change the picture. It’s fine. Honestly. It’s pink enough.

FIONA: Then do you think we’re ready to go live?

LOUIS (voice ringing with relief): Yes! Let’s go live! (Goes off to crack open a cold one and watch some manly sport on TV).

You can view the fruits of the collaboration here:

Be sure to click on “Fun Stuff” and mouse over the martini glasses to see the Flash animation Louis sweated over. I am absolutely thrilled with the end result. If any of you are looking to set up websites, you couldn’t do better than give Louis a shout.

(Credit is also due to the very talented Shelley Williamson of Lime Green Design who came up with the original templates.)


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @12:02 #

    Help, Ben-Editor! The link "" was live and clickable when I copypasted it into the draft, but now it is dead. Please can you bring it back to life?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jassy</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @12:19 #

    Woo hoo! Fantastic website, Fiona. I loved the lipstick and the high heeled shoes shooting out of the martini glasses. I can see why the levels of pinkness brought a sheen of sweat to Louis's manly brow. Well done to both of you and I hope the website is a valuable PR tool.

    You will probably find, like I did, that you become obsessive about your website hits and stats for a few months. Enjoy the paranoia while it lasts!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @12:21 #

    I just cut 'n pasted your web addie, and have spent a happy 20 minutes surfing -- it's lovely, Fifi! I fell about laughing when that lipstick leapt out the martini glass... poor Louis. Poor kind long-suffering Louis, in my case... I must be the world's slowest person ever to organize a website. Perhaps we'll have our grand jamboree launch in time for the New Year.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Margie</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @12:45 #


  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    November 11th, 2009 @13:02 #

    Yes, credit to Shelley... she came up with all the pink fun. I just made it clickable and webbable and made things pop out of martini glasses. My job is tough sometimes, I tell you.
    Thanks for the punt, Fiona... it's a pleasure working with someone with a clear (and pink) idea of what she wants.


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