I can't even tell you how excited I was to be able to design and build a website for Downtown Fort Walton Beach.
I grew up in Fort Walton and have always thought the Downtown area was awesome. It's the place you go to when the mall sucks, or you are looking for something unique.
Downtown is Old Florida, and has some really neat history. The landscape hasn't changed much and the boutique retailers want to keep it that way. It's their identity and as a community, it makes them unique.
After a few design variations we decided on the design you see before you. Rich with textures and images that are a natural reflection of Downtown.
It was important that the site be easy to navigate, so we organized the business listings by category. We also added an Events section so locals and tourists could easily find out "what's happenin'!
Towards the end I suggested that we implement a responsive design. It didn't dawn on me until then that a good majority of people who would be viewing the site would be doing so using a mobile device.
The Downtown area has a huge tourist business and we needed to make it mobile!