A few sample web sites designed and built by French Roast Design

Madison Street Press

Madison Street Press is a full-service printing and distribution company based in Oakland, California. Their earlier site was entirely Flash-based, unsearchable via any internet search engines, and too cumbersome to navigate and read. The new site, with a look-and-feel designed by [M]DesignLab and implemented by French Roast Design, is clear and readable by clients and search engines alike.

Madison Street Press also requested a web application that could provide file-sharing functionality within the web site. French Roast Design delivered a file transfer application with a robust access control mechanism allowing staff and client accounts different privileges to make file sharing and distribution quick and easy.

Finally, French Roast Design has developed an online shopping application, integrated with PayPal, for Madison Street Press as a service to their clients.



Knit Lawrence is a knitters' guild in Lawrence, KS. The web site is a simple one which promotes the group, provides upcoming event information and helpful links to other online knitting resources.

The site is appropriately bright and cheery, with a bold, colorful design. With such eye-catching colors, the site's design is simple so as not to distract or overwhelm.



abrownperspective.com is an online gallery for the photography of Aaron Brown. The site was produced to coincide with a photography show in a local café.

The goal is to showcase each photograph with maximum impact, so the bulk of the site is muted and unobtrusive. The images stand out against the plain background, and the site's framework and functionality don't detract from the visual impact of the photos.
Aaron Brown, the principal web designer and developer at French Roast Design is currently employed full-time as a Web Applications Developer at the University of Kansas. In that capacity, he has personally designed and built many web sites ranging in complexity from small sites of a few static web pages to large, full-featured interactive web applications used by the entire university community and beyond.

Aaron also maintains a Ruby on Rails blog at railsdotnext.com.