Client SinceMarch 2009
Don Calame is an accomplished screenwriter and the award-winning author of four novels. Don has written screenplays for Universal Studios, Marvel Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures and the Disney Channel.
Don’s writing awards and nominations include the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, the Nevada Young Reader’s Award, the Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award, IndieBound Kids Next List, and the YALSA Popular Paperbacks Top Ten.
We first worked with Don Calame in 2008, after he completed his first book “Swim the Fly.” At our first meeting, Don showed up with a box packed full of memorabilia—remote controls, family photos, toys, and (we’re really not kidding) gym socks. You haven’t really lived as a web designer until you find yourself crouched on the floor photographing someone’s old socks! The resulting first web site was very personal and packed full of whimsy, promoted his many projects, and created a home for Don’s aptly named blog, “Dirty Laundry.”
Fast forward to 2015. After a number of new books and film/tv projects—and one or two changes to web design standards—Don was ready for something a little more sleek and responsive. We began by upgrading the site’s content management system, ExpressionEngine, and then dove into the design. You’ll find funky family photos and Don’s hilarious writing, now paired with a very modern look that plays nicely whether you view the site on a computer, tablet, or phone. What you can’t see is some upgrades and customizations inside the CMS that allow Don to update his site more quickly and easily. Bring on the Dirty Laundry!
"Hop Studios did an awesome job putting together my author website. They were wonderful to work with, listening to my wants and needs, incorporating my ideas and creating a fun, easy to navigate site. Ever since we went live I've been getting a constant stream of compliments. They take the time to hear what it is you're trying to accomplish, as well as to train you in what you need to do to maintain your site. Through the entire process I felt heard, supported and well taken care of."Don Calame