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Liam Fitzgerald

Liam Fitzgerald - Web Developer

Cork, Ireland

Professional designer specialising in website design for authors and publishers in the UK, US and Europe.

Overview

Designing and developing creative websites for authors and the publishing industry for over 15 years. I've helped self-published authors and multi-million selling writers in the UK and US to define their online presence and connect with more readers.

All sites are fully responsive and built on an advanced CMS allowing clients to edit their own content easily. Managed hosting is provided so that the author can concentrate on the important stuff - writing! Additional features include forums, social media feeds, photo galleries, review sections, regional cover variations and events calendars.

Services
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Literature Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Works with
ExpressionEngine Shopify Squarespace Wordpress

Work experience

Designer

Self-employed
October, 2005 – Present (about 12 years)

I offer innovative design for authors and the publishing industry. Since 2005, I have created websites for best-selling authors, international rock bands, and businesses.

Clients include Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, David Gilman, Darren Shan, Charlie Higson and Mark Hill.

I specialise in building attractive and highly effective sites and online communities using the powerful and versatile ExpressionEngine CMS system.

Projects

William Hawk Website

The William Hawk series is the brainchild of an accomplished inventor, machinist and CEO from the American midwest writing under the pen name William Hawk. A life-changing accident and spiritual awakening sparked the author’s inspiration for this story of humanity, hope, selflessness and redemption

Ignition, the first of a trilogy of books, follows William and Grace, on the run from the cops, as they develop their connection with each other and their skills as Change Agents, unravelling clues about the secrets of the universe and confronting evil head-to-head to discover the source of true power: loving selflessly.

The William Hawk author website was developed using Expression Engine CMS and showcases the stunning book trailer on the homepage. The website design mirrors the Ignition book cover design and uses dark sci-fi landscapes combined with clean modern typography to deliver it’s message.

Anthony Horowitz Author Website

Anthony Horowitz O.B.E. is the author of the Alex Rider series as well as television series Foyle's War. He has also written 2 Sherlock Holmes novel's, authorised by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and later this year will release the latest James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis.

The new Anthony Horowitz responsive website was built using the Expression Engine content management system and features a forum, Flickr-powered photo gallery, Amazon powered shop as well as an extensive catalogue of all of Anthony's work across print, screen, theatre and journalism.

The Evil and the Pure by Darren Dash - Book Cover Design

Darren Dash is the self-publishing alter-ego of multi-million selling author, Darren Shan. Under the Darren Dash moniker he has written and self-published two books that have garnered rave reviews for their unbridled imagination and creativity. The Evil and the Pure is a dark and violent tale that is definitely not for the faint of heart. The cover design featuring an original painting by Stephen Toomey subtly sets the tone for a book full of menace and horror without giving too much away.

An Other Place by Darren Dash - Book Cover Design

Darren Dash is the self-publishing alter-ego of multi-million selling author, Darren Shan. Under the Darren Dash moniker he has written and self-published two books that have garnered rave reviews for their unbridled imagination and creativity. An Other Place is Darren's brand new book which is due for release in December 2016. The cover features an original painting by Stephen Toomey.

As one reviewer put it:

“This is, by far, the best book of 2016, possibly the best book of this decade... the bastard love child of Kafka and Rod Serling, throwing in a dash of Ray Bradbury for good measure. 5/5 -- brilliant. Just brilliant.” Kelly Smith Reviews.

Sunburn by Darren Dash - Cover Design

Darren Dash is the self-publishing alter-ego of multi-million selling author, Darren Shan. Under the Darren Dash moniker he has written and self-published two books that have garnered rave reviews for their unbridled imagination and creativity. Sunburn is a tense horror thriller set in the forests of Bulgaria and was originally published in 2015. For the latest edition of the book the cover was redesigned to reveal a little more of the book's setting and atmosphere.

As one reviewer put it:

“The story flows like a dream, and the characters are diverse, divisive and distinct. Sunburn is engaging, horrific and visceral, interesting and truly well-written.”

The Ampersand Literary Agency

The Ampersand Agency is a leading literary agency based in Oxfordshire, England. Ampersand’s impressive roster of best-selling authors includes Vikas Swarup, Helen Black, Sharon Bolton and Cora Harrison.

With a growing list of authors, the agency lead by publishing industry veteran Peter Buckman needed a modern website that reflected their status as a forward-thinking literary powerhouse.

The Ampersand Agency site was built using the Expression Engine content management system. The site is fully responsive.

Mark Hill Author Website

Mark Hill, the author, not to be confused with a certain celebrity hairdresser of the same name, is a British writer and former journalist. Mark's first book Two O'Clock Boy published by Sphere is a dark crime thriller. Mark's author website on the other hand is anything but dark. The bright and fresh colour scheme is inviting and allows readers to get to know Mark and his myriad influences from books and TV to his frequent interviews with other genre authors.

The website was built with ExpressionEngine CMS.

David Gilman Author Website

David Gilman is a British author and scriptwriter whose works include the Master of War historical fiction series and Danger Zone series for younger readers.

The Master of War series is a visceral adventure set during the tumultuous period of the 100 Years war and follows a young English stonemason across the villages and battlefields of medieval Europe. David’s screenwriting credits include A Touch of Frost and Dalziel and Pascoe.

The redesign of David’s site focussed on simplicity, legibility and responsiveness. The site was built using ExpressionEngine 3, an advanced CMS platform.

Body text is set in Halcom which provides excellent screen legibility with headers using Tribute, a font which was modelled on an original typeface from the middle ages. Both fonts are from the Typekit library

'Creative, enthusiastic involvement and design at a reasonable cost, with first rate ongoing client support. Liam Fitzgerald at Frequency Design has been my ‘go to’ website designer for the past ten years.'

David Gilman - Author

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