The portfolio and journal of Derek Balmer, a Designer and Front-end Developer from Colorado

Recent Notes

Cava Grill Refresh

Cava Grill Redesign

Cava Mezze Grill is a popular Greek-inspired restaurant chain that’s making noise in DC and surrounding areas. They were recently named D.C.’s Best Fast Casual Restaurant 2014 by the Washington City Paper, and have expanded into several cities along the East Coast. In addition to growing their business, Cava Grill recently underwent an entire refresh of their brand, website and mobile app. Over the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of that process.

Cava Grill worked closely with DC-based Graphic Design studio, Polygraph Creative, for the visual design of their new print and online collateral. Once that process was complete, I took the beautiful desktop website comps that were produced by Polygraph and coded them into functional, front-end templates for their new responsive website. After we had everything styled and tested across devices and browsers, I built an all new content management system so the marketing team at Cava Grill could easily update their menu, locations, story and press. The end result is a visually stunning website that caters to #cavafresh patrons everywhere. Learn more at

Redesigned portfolio for Justin Kosman

Earlier this year I put together a new portfolio website for my friend, Justin Kosman. We took a departure from his previous site and opted to roll with a simple one-page site to showcase his photography, and ditched the blog in favor of pulling updates from his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Check it out at