Webflow posts monthly updates to their template submission guidelines that include common but unresolved search terms used in their template market place. Recently one of these was for that of a 'job board'. Thus the inspiration for 'Career Splash' began.
Career Splash marks the beginning of Abrev'd's foray into Theming and Template design. To make a template or theme, one needs to start with purpose, and branding. To start the design of the theme I borrowed a number of elements and features from existing job websites such as Dice, Glassdoor, Monster, and others. From there I began determining the CMS requirements to support the types of content that might be required by such a site, and then began the design and development process, which in Webflow can happen simultaneously. Webflow allows for a uniquely organic design and development process, where the designer is also the information architect and the developer.
Because this project is for Webflow, I was able to design and build the entire working website cum template using the same tools. I was able to organically make adjustments to the CMS to reflect changes to the information architecture as required. Working in Webflow is like working as a designer with an extremely fast and responsive, almost mind-reading back end and front end development team. While in its marketable template form, this site is only populated with placeholder content, this website for all intents and purposes could be the home to a job board that with the right content could compete with larger more established organizations like glass door, and I was able to build it in client-gap time over the course of two weeks. This site while not real, could be, and should be.