Colin Lewis

I am a storyteller.

I tell stories with words, pictures, and code, work as a designer and frontend developer, and make sites and apps and books .

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Goals: solve problems by telling a good story. Tell good stories by solving a problem. Find surprises, find what’s valuable. Make something that matters.

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Recently

  1. A new site design & digital strategy for a Montessori school.
  2. Founded a storytelling studio called Unlikely Objects.
  3. Designed an information site for the Swedish Green Party.
  4. Produced and edited two book projects, live and in public.
  5. Designed the UI for a team management web app.

Previously

Roots & branches

Skärgårdens Montessori

Education

Skärgårdens Montessori pre-school had an aging, inaccessible website and problems managing its mailing lists and other digital services.

I designed a series of digital solutions to increase member involvement and reduce staff workload, and I drafted a digital strategy for the school’s future communications. The first two phases of this ongoing project introduced a responsive site and an upgraded newsletter function.

TOOLS
Sketch, Adobe CS, WordPress, custom Genesis child theme, Advanced Custom Fields, MailPoet integration.

Skärgårdens Montessori website detail Skärgårdens Montessori website detail Skärgårdens Montessori website detail

Unlikely Objects

Studio

For my thesis work at Hyper Island I founded Unlikely Objects, a storytelling company that develops digital games and books. This company was created in coordination with Blekinge Business Incubator’s Startup Academy.

Unlikely Objects began with a simple landing page but soon required a layout that could accommodate a series of diverse projects. The new design allows for easy individual project promotion through custom landing pages and mailing list segments.

TOOLS
Sketch, Adobe CS, WordPress, custom Genesis child theme, Advanced Custom Fields, MailChimp integration.

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Tierp2030

Political organization

The UNESCO driven 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of 17 global goals for economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. The Swedish Green Party in Tierp municipality commissioned a site to highlight their local initiatives to meet these global goals.

TOOLS
Sketch, WordPress, Bootstrap, Advanced Custom Fields.

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The Invisible D & Wednesday

Book projects

2018 saw the creation of two book projects within the Unlikely Objects studio: The Invisible D and Wednesday the Raven. Both are ongoing projects created in the public space: The Invisible D was first published as a daily images during Suicide Awareness month, and Wednesday the Raven is (initially) being published a chapter per week, with all proofreading and editing tracked through Github. Additional teaching materials are being developed for The Invisible D, and both projects will go to print in 2019.

TOOLS
The Invisible D – Adobe CS
Wednesday the Raven – Ulysses, Jekyll static site, Github

The Invisible D - detail The Invisible D - detail Wednesday the Raven website detail

Move Management

Web app

After studying leadership and team development at Hyper Island I was eager to work with Move Management, a company that focuses on facilitation, coaching and teaching people to build stronger teams.

Part of their digitalization strategy involves a new tool to measure team quality. This web app had several unusual requirements for displaying data and required multiple prototypes in Sketch, Hype and Invision.

TOOLS
Sketch, Tumult Hype, Invision.

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Previous work

Web, print, illustration, and more

A selection of older web design, frontend development, branding, strategy and illustration work.

Recovery Online
Design for Recovery online landing page and web app.
UKK
Site design for UKK association for professional artists in Uppsala, Sweden
Write Away Write Away
Branding and design for Write Away conference
Literary Bohemian
Literary Bohemian journal design
Kaleido Konsthantverk
Site design for Kaleido Konsthantverk in Uppsala, Sweden
Lily illustration
Collage illustration for game
Tierp illustration Tierp illustration Tierp illustration
Print design & branding strategy, Tierp municipality
Driver's Edge site detail
Site design for Driver's Edge, a national driving education program
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