BRIEF: With so many websites being developed for clients lately, it was hard to find time to bring our band website into the world of responsiveness and to give it a design face-lift.
SOLUTION: For the long weekend (Queen’s Birthday) when most clients were out of town and all was quiet, we rolled up our pyjama sleeves and achieved a 24 hour upgrade.
OUTCOME: Our old website has been ranked #1 for ages for all our keywords and we have been getting heaps of band gigs from people who (presumably) do their searching from desktops and laptops. With the new website being responsive to different browser sizes and user-friendly to smart-phone users, we’ve opened up our audience to the 25% of everybody who now do their searching solely on tablets and smart-phones.
BRIEF:When Elly-Ann Pritchard sold the NZ Ceroc business and agreed to become the Auckland Central Ceroc franchisee she needed her own site and she needed it in a hurry. She also wanted the site to have the look of the Ceroc Championship site, be useful to her many Auckland Central clients, be recognisable as part of the NZ Ceroc network, and be a vehicle to attract wedding dance and ballroom dance business.
SOLUTION: With the blessing of the new franshisor, we created a new Dance Company website that featured Ceroc Auckland Central as the central service but also profiled Elly’s other dance services.
OUTCOME: A website that is proving useful to Elly’s existing clientelle and to newcomers to dance in Auckland.
BRIEF:To build a second content management system for the firm’s Barristers, that drew on the same structure, design and functionality features of the recently completed website for Amicus Law. The brief was to complete the project within 10 days and within a tight budget.
SOLUTION: We replicated the website we had developed for Amicus Law then adapted it as required by the client.
OUTCOME: We had the new site up and running in two days and completed various tweaks required by the client and published it several days ahead of schedule.
BRIEF:To build a content management system that would be informative and useful to the firm’s immigrant clients, many of whom have limited familiarity with the English language, and to present Amicus Law as a modern, approachable and committed team of professionals.
SOLUTION: We set the site up with both English and Chinese copy, encouraged the firm to arrange modern, professional photographs of team members, and loaded hundreds of testimonials from very satisfied clients who were facing all manner of legal challenges.
OUTCOME: A website that the firm is proud of and that they can keep up to date in-house.
BRIEF:To build a website for Music Education New Zealand / Aotearoa | Mātauranga a Pūoro o Aotearoa, as a central element of a strategy to strengthen and reinvigorate the MENZA brand and to improve the organisation’s connection and interaction with its members.
SOLUTION: We developed a WordPress content management system incorporating the best features and functionality of the websites of other music educator bodies around the world and customised it to integrate with the organisation’s membership database and invoicing systems.
OUTCOME: A website full of resources that will be very attractive and useful to music teachers, students and others interested in music education.
SOLUTION: We guided the business owner through the processes by email, Skype and the odd phone call and customised a regular WordPress website for him to administer and expand over time. We also provided user-friendly administration instructions that had him adding pages, news posts and photo galleries from day one.
OUTCOME: A simple site with images that should appeal to children and other content that we expect will be welcomed by their parents and school teachers. In time we expect the optimisation initiatives we have incorporated in the site will see it rise in its Google rankings to stand shoulder to shoulder with competing businesses in the crowded London market.
SOLUTION: We used the existing artwork and images to set up a new WordPress website, then downloaded and set up free online store, calendar, and gallery plugins.
OUTCOME: Stepz can now do all sorts of things to their new website that they couldn’t do to their old one. As well as being able to keep their news, shoe store inventory and other website content right up to date, within four weeks of being published the site has risen in Google search engine rankings to be high on the front page for all its key search words and phrases.
BRIEF: To redesign Luke’s website to look more contemporary, and to build it using a content management system so that it could be easily updated in-house.
SOLUTION: We used his existing logo as a starting point for the design and built the new website in WordPress.
OUTCOME: Luke can now keep his site up to date with new work and latest news. The website makes it easy for visitors to share his posts on social media websites.
BRIEF: To create a reasonably priced, stylish website on a very tight deadline.
SOLUTION: We adopted a minimalist design with lots of white space to showcase Tash clark’s architectural and interior design projects, and built the website using WordPress to make it easy for her to add future content herself.
OUTCOME: A user-friendly website that reinforces Tash’s branding, completed on a fixed price basis within 2 weeks.
BRIEF: To come up with a whole branding package to launch chocolateBrown Interior Styling; including logo, business card, letterhead, invoices and a website that would be easy to add to, as new projects are completed.
SOLUTION: We came up with a torn wrapper design for the logo and used it to frame the website content. We used WordPress to create a portfolio style website that makes it easy to include images into different categories in one easy step.
OUTCOME: A cohesive brand image, a bold portfolio website that is very easy to manage and a very happy client.
SOLUTION: We set up a WordPress content management system, using the Twenty Eleven theme, dropped in the content, added a contact form, optimised the website for search engines and made some small design customisations to reinforce their new branding.
OUTCOME: A simple, distinctive and attractive website, for under $500 and published within a few days. Our happy clients are delighted to be able to add new content and images themselves.
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BRIEF: To design a catalogue, flyer and poster to advertise and give an insight into this unique exhibition, where 55 artists exchange a work and sell a work.
SOLUTION: We came up with a bold design that used arrows in the main graphic, and then extended the idea into the layout to include one work by each of the 55 artists.
OUTCOME: Strong design that captures the ‘exchange’ concept of the exhibition.
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BRIEF: To replace an old website with a new one that would be inexpensive to set up, maintainable in-house by the association, be more contemporary and have the flexibility to be expanded by adding new content and features.
SOLUTION: We built an easy-to-administer WordPress content management system, using artwork already owned by the association and standard WordPress features.
OUTCOME: A very affordable website that meets the association’s requirements.
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BRIEF: To replace an old website with a new one that would showcase the children using the Jump Jam programme, could be maintained in-house by the client, and that would include many features including password-protected pages and on-line competition entry forms.
SOLUTION: We built an easy to administer system, full of videos, slideshows and music as well as rich in features, and we did it for not much more than the cost of adding an on-line entry system on the old website.
OUTCOME: A happy client, jumping for joy.
BRIEF: To develop a website for a new alumni association as a tool to generate interest in the association and to promote its events.
SOLUTION: We built a bog standard, easy to administer WordPress content management system, featuring a news blog, events calendar, linked enewsletter and galleries.
OUTCOME: It’s only just gone public, and has been well received.
BRIEF: To build a new website that would be easy to update in-house, optimised for search engine rankings and built to the design specifications provided.
SOLUTION: We built a content management system website using WordPress, customising every page to feature a different background image, page background, and navigation colours as well as customised scrollbars in different colours. Keywords and descriptions have been carefully crafted individually for each page for search engine optomisation.
OUTCOME: A content management system website which is very easy to maintain.
BRIEF: To create a website to show Amanda’s paintings and sculptures online, and to allow her to communicate and connect with people who are interested in her work and career through the website and social media.
SOLUTION: We designed a gallery-style website, with a blog and links to allow easy sharing on social media sites.
OUTCOME: Amanda now has an strong online presence and collectors are able to follow her career more easily.
BRIEF: To create a logo and website to showcase Louise’s jewellery.
SOLUTION: We designed a logo with a chain link theme and styled the website in gold and silver to match. We used a WordPress content management system for the website, with a slideshow of her work on the home page and three separate news categories to publish new work, industry news or provide examples of design processes.
OUTCOME: A website that makes it easy for potential clients to see what Louise can offer, enables Louise to administer the site, and enables potential clients to commission a piece more easily.
BRIEF: To develop a new website to promote the Ceroc National Championships and provide a facility for on-line entries.
SOLUTION: We used a WordPress content management system incorporating secure forms for championship entries and spectator ticket purchases, to develop a website that is easy to administer.
OUTCOME: A website that has proven very effective in attracting entries to the event and facilitating the substantial administration involved.
BRIEF: To develop a replacement website to showcase the dance school, attract visits, be highly ranked by search engines and be able to be administered in-house.
SOLUTION: We used a WordPress content management system to develop a website that is rich in features and easy to administer.
OUTCOME: The website and linked newsletter, are proving to be effective contributors to building student numbers, and providing useful information to dance students and others seeking dance lessons.
BRIEF: To give ContactAbility a strong online presence by designing and developing a CMS website to replace the basic HTML website they had previously.
SOLUTION: We designed a website to showcase their services and client list. The website was built as a WordPress content management system and features a slideshow of client logos and success statements.
OUTCOME: A website that is easy to navigate, easy to edit and ranks very highly with search engines. It has received very positive feedback from ContactAbility and their clients.
“We feel like we finally exist online!”
Zoe Catchlove, Contactability
BRIEF: To develop an effective, high Google ranking, easily manageable website for a new business venture.
SOLUTION: The website was built as a WordPress content management system utilising a number of free plug-in features including a gallery and slideshow, drop-down page navigation and calendar. The site is easily expandable by the client as the business grows.
OUTCOME: A website that achieved immediate front page Google ranking for a number of the client’s preferred keywords.
BRIEF: To build a new website to the specifications of the design template which was provided, and to optimise for search engine rankings.
SOLUTION: We built a content management system website, with keywords and crafted descriptions.
OUTCOME: A content management system website appearing on the first page of Google and other search engines.
BRIEF: To build an easily updatable website to capture the spirit of the St Patrick's Festival and provide an online store for banquet tickets.
SOLUTION: The new site’s slideshows were set up to display some artistic, fun images from the 2010 festival. Other features include a festival programme, an online store, a volunteers’ application form, a count-down to the festival, and an RSS feed from The Irish Times.
OUTCOME: A modern take on an historic festival and a website that is easy and efficient to administer.
BRIEF: To build a website as a content management system that reflects the “busker festival vibe” and maintains consistency with existing brochures and other marketing material.
SOLUTION: We developed a site featuring an automated slideshow, images, profiles, festival programmes and animations, presented in colourful jagged picture boxes consistent with the festival brochure.
OUTCOME: An original, funky-looking website that is far easier and more economic to administer than its predecessor.
BRIEF: To redesign and rebuild an existing website as a content management system.
SOLUTION: We developed a site featuring an automated slideshow reflecting the active and people-oriented nature of the kart club. We also incorporated a variety of plugins including for a race calendar, eNewsletter, photo galleries, race results pages and driver profiles.
OUTCOME: A nice website that is easily managed by the club in-house.
BRIEF: To redesign and rebuild build a poorly performing website and to optimise the content and bring the site to the first page of Google.
SOLUTION: We came up with a more contemporary design and rebuilt the website with carefully crafted copy for optimisation.
OUTCOME: A very happy customer with regular new business now coming through the website.
BRIEF: To replace an existing site with a content management system incorporating most of the original design concepts, but reconfigured for search engine optimisation and for site maintenance flexibility.
SOLUTION: We structured the new site with many additional pages, created a subtle animation to liven it up, and utilised widgets, custom fields and free WordPress plug-ins to provide the required functionality.
OUTCOME: A website that is now easily updated in-house and that enjoys top search rankings for most of its keywords and phrases.
BRIEF: To design a logo for business cards/tags, and to design and build an easy-to-edit, and iPad-and-iPhone-compatible website to showcase Magnifiscent Flowers.
SOLUTION: We designed a distinctive tag for use for all the businesses’ stationery and adopted it as a design feature for the website.
OUTCOME: Clients can easily view examples of MagnifiScent Flowers, and Kirsten has an effective and easily maintainable website.
BRIEF: To create a website to showcase Mishka’s paintings and installations, and to give more information to collectors and galleries about her art career.
SOLUTION: We designed and built a gallery-style site, using a stylish slider to allow her work to be viewed, series by series.
OUTCOME: Mishka’s work is now always on show.
BRIEF: First, to replace an existing site with a content management system incorporating a “contact Santa” blog, “count-down” to the parade and many other features, then recently, to build a new theme to reflect the client’s new corporate design characterisitcs.
SOLUTION: For stage one we utilised free WordPress plug-ins to provide the required functionality. For stage two we built a new theme to the specifications of the client’s designers.
OUTCOME: A website that is easily updated in-house as sponsors and volunteers climb aboard, anticipating the joys of Christmas.
BRIEF: To replace an ineffective website with a content management system incorporating a calendar, on-line store, videos, photo gallery, newsletter, private members’ area and many other features; then optimise the site and lift it’s search rankings to page one for target key words.
SOLUTION: We created a highly functional site that is dancing it’s way to the top of the search rankings.
OUTCOME: A website that it is proving really effective.
Brief: To develop a website for Belinda to promote her “No One You Know” designer homeware label to the world.
Solution: Belinda built the site as a reference point for the media, retailers and customers in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As well as generating interest in her designs and products, requests flowed for her to design and build websites, and this became the seed for the Design Web business.
Outcome: Mission more than accomplished.
Brief: To migrate and integrate an established html site and a stand-alone blog into a new WordPress CMS site.
Solution: We set up the new site to replicate everything in two earlier sites then added a drop-down menu, previous / next links, Custom Google Search, and other features.
Outcome: An effective site maintainable in-house.
Brief: To extend a one page website containing only contact details, to a site highlighting the business’s top-end positioning.
Solution: We created a site with class and subtlety in mind, referring to the quality of clientele and including pricing and other relevant information.
Outcome: Prospective clients who visit the website are now contacting for appointments, with a clear understanding about pricing and quality of service before they call.
Brief: After five years of providing comprehensive design and website services, encompassing business cards, flyers, magazine and newspaper advertising, simple TV commercials, outdoor banners, signage for annual expo events and an html website, we were commissioned to rebuild and expand the website as a WordPress content management system.
Solution: We recreated the former website with additional features including a mega menu, integrated registration forms, an advertising management system, a more advanced exhibitor only area, blog and RSS feeds from relevant sites. The site is optimised for visitor numbers and search rankings, and has Google Analytics installed for tracking.
Outcome: A happy client enjoying our solutions and services.
Brief: To carry out an optimisation review of Crackerjack’s stylish event management website and recommend changes to improve search engine rankings and improve traffic.
Solution: We identified many changes that were likely to be effective, then worked within agreed budget parameters to implement those we agreed should be prioritised.
Outcome: Significant improvements in search and traffic performance.
Filed under Optimization
Brief: To create a website with a business directory and “members only” area for the Association, whose members operate over 250 vessels around Sydney Harbour and along the coast.
Solution: We designed and built the site to enable the client to attend to updates without external input. We continue to host the site and to provide support services as required.
Outcome: A new portal for information flows between members and the public.
Solution: We designed and built the website as a Content Management System to enable the client to attend to the regular news releases and site updates in-house. We host the site and provide support services as required.
Outcome: An effective website attracting good visitor traffic.
Brief: To develop and implement initiatives to grow Nathan’s business.
Solution: We designed and built a new optimised website with copy drafted around prospective search keywords. We created new business cards, and advertisements to help drive people to the website.
Outcome: The conversion of enquiries to jobs has been so successful that newspaper advertising was able to be discontinued.