Ken Gagne is laid-back, jovial guy who also happens to be a seriously talented and accomplished writer. We designed his website, kengagnebooks.com, to reflect that duality, so when his friend commented, “browsing through your website is like hanging out with you”…mission accomplished!
As an introduction to his work, the site’s homepage highlights Ken’s books; their colorful covers are arranged responsively according to screen size (a horizontal row on desktops and a vertical column on mobile phones). Rolling a mouse or finger over a book cover reveals a short summary and button to learn more by clicking to the book’s corresponding page. The homepage also includes a current photo and brief passage about the author, which links to his bio page. Lastly, there is a section for news and updates in brief, which links to further details.
Each of Ken’s books has a dedicated page which provides all the customary information a reader would expect: a detailed description, reader reviews, and a purchasing link. What’s special about this site is a video trailer for each book, courtesy of the author’s previous experience as a television producer. These trailers are embedded directly from YouTube to the associated book page and are an exciting way to engage current and future readers.
Email List & Illustrations
Illustrations by Emily Glynn are the cherry on top, adding a friendly, fun vibe to the site and connecting visitors to Ken’s life from newborn to now. The coordinating image at the bottom of each page provides a motto for the site, the authors, and his readers: “play • love • read.”