James Dashner Author Website

James Dashner has been one of Random House Teens’ most popular authors. And for good reason – his Maze Runner series is a epic tale of teens surviving, fighting together, and uncovering deep mysteries. As the first Maze Runner movie was coming out Random House needed to have a website that did a few things:

1) Be a central place for readers to learn about the Maze Runner books
2) Be a place for info about James Dashner the author and find news about him
3) Be a place for updates and previews for the Maze Runner movie
4) Let readers know about James’ new books – The Mortality Doctrine series
and
5) Be a central gathering point for James’ loyal following known as the Dashner Army

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The new site does all of these things, and makes it easy for readers to find exactly what they want. The homepage is broken up into big images that take you to each important part of the site. The design of the site is bold and … explosion-y? You know that James’ books are going to be action-packed page-turners.

michael-herrod Michael Herrod
Producer, Random House Children’s Books
I really can’t recommend Brad highly enough. He’s come through for us time after time, and always delivers outstanding work. His sites are beautiful and functional works of art. Brad has designed the websites for some of our biggest authors, including Ann Brashares, Markus Zusak, James Dashner and Lauren Kate. With Brad on a project you can rest easy, since you know he’ll deliver an amazing site, right on schedule.

Lastly, with so much of James’ readers being young we spent a lot of time making sure everything worked well on mobile devices. The ability to add custom slider images for smaller phones and a modular layout let a small-screen experience make just as big an impact on visitors.

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Humor Writer & Speaker

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Children's Author

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Jennifer Skiff

Best-selling Author

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Author

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I really can’t recommend Brad highly enough. He’s come through for us time after time, and always delivers outstanding work. His sites are beautiful and functional works of art. Brad has designed the websites for some of our biggest authors. You know he’ll deliver an amazing site, right on schedule.

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