Thomas Byttebier

Freelance digital designer

Interfaces, UX, web sites


Sleepstreet rents beautiful retro apartments in the heart of Ghent. I designed and developed the critically acclaimed Sleepstreet website mid 2010.

Sleepstreet bed and breakfast home page

Sleepstreet owners Lob and Hans love vintage design and furnished the apartments gorgeously:

Sleepstreet interior

Sleepstreet interior

When I designed the website I decided to closely follow the retro look & feel of the apartments.

Sleepstreet bed and breakfast

The playful background pattern of the website mirrors the wallpaper found in the Sleepstreet apartments.

Sleepstreet apartments

The website was my first fully responsive web site, which made it unique back in 2010. It led to huge exposure in the web design community.

A responsive design means its layout and behavior perfectly adapt to the varying screen sizes of smartphones, tablets and regular computers. This was a big plus as many tourists looking for accommodation are using mobile devices on the go.

Sleepstreet bed and breakfast responsive demo

Lob and Hans can easily update their website’s content using the user-friendly ExpressionEngine CMS.

At launch, this site was applauded for its responsive design and the use of relatively new front-end techniques such as web fonts and responsive svg.