My name is Tuan Bui. lithe giant serves as the archive of my web designs, showcasing web and web-related creations from the last several years.
I produce valid pages using modern css layouts with an emphasis on usability. I can do anything from simple static web pages to medium-scale integrated solutions involving a full user-updateable content management system and custom skins.
Most importantly, everything I build is as awesome as possible.
Big Bubbles No Troubles: site design
launch site html, css, photoshop
Showcase site for modern artist Gian Garofalo. 2011.
custom house: site redesign proposal
wordpress, html, css, photoshop
Custom House Tavern, a modern american bistro, needed their site redesigned in 2010.
spring restaurant group: site redesign proposal
launch proposalhtml, css, photoshop
Spring Restaurant Group needed a redesign of their corporate site - something with more elegance and class. The proposal was accepted and construction on the actual site commenced in late 2008.
spring restaurant: site redesign
Spring, an award-winning Chicago restaurant, launched their new website in March 2008. The new site features smooth scripted transitions, an open visual architecture, and an emphasis on sumptuous photography to convey the atmosphere of the restaurant.
WingSix Corporate Blog: wordpress theme design
launch bloghtml, css, php, photoshop
June 2007 corporate blog design for WingSix, a hosting company. The blog needed to keep the company identity intact while reflecting WingSix' Chicago origin, and look modern while not being too austere.
corvail photographic agency: site redesign
fjord designs: site design and integration
December 2006 site. Custom-designed showcase and e-commerce store for modern artist Gian Garofalo. Based on a Wordpress backend and a heavily-massaged e-commerce plugin.
the swanky: site design
August 2006 minisite featuring my photography for Image Chicago, covering the summer club scene. Based on a plogger backend.
corvail: site design
Streaming Data Communications Lab: site redesign
launch sitehtml, css, photoshop
May 2006 redesign of Prof. Vijay Pai's research group web page at Purdue University.
grasshopper magazine: site design and integration
encyclopaedia britannica: senior front-end engineer
The printed Encyclopaedia Britannica predates the founding of the United States. Launched in 1996, Britannica.com expands on the iconic printed books with an incisive online counterpart. At Britannica, a simple interface hides a rich and complex web application that allows you to add, edit, comment on, and send articles, among many other things. I code the connection between the business logic on the back end and the myriad ways the user can interact with the site on the front end.
spring restaurant group: designer
launch sitehtml, css, photoshop, illustrator
As the group designer, I am responsible for all the visual output of the group. This includes designing a site for the flagship restaurant, Spring (see above), maintaining the other 3 sites in the group, designing email blasts, and creating printed flyers and check inserts.
lithe giant is the web design agency of Tuan Bui.
I approach web site design with interface and usability in mind. A web site cannot simply be a display of fancy code and flashy graphics; it has to communicate effectively. As a result, my sites are easy and intuitive to use, with uncluttered layouts and simple navigation.
All my sites are handcrafted using good code and good design principles.