New Logo for Chicago Small Business

I started working recently with a new Chicago small business that has developed a novel way for medical staff to stay warm in the operating room. I had no idea that OR’s were kept so chilly and that many theater staff really suffer in these frigid conditions.

We are in the process of creating a new website for their product, OPERATIONHEATJAC, but the project kicked off by creating a new logo.
Operation heatjac logo design

The logo conveys a sense of warmth with both a warm orange color choice and a stylized flame incorporated into the design.

The website will be launched the beginning of 2017… see here

New Web site for Burns Recovered

Launched this week is a brand new look for the Burns Recovered website
burns recovered non profit website

I have been working, pro bono, for this not for profit organization for the last six years. In that time I have help them move with the times, updating a very dated website and then making the web site responsive and even integrating a new logo.

This latest update was driven by the old website becoming very cluttered as it had become updated. The new look offers a much cleaner simpler look and features the stunning photographs from the book published by Burns Recovered “Beauty Is…” The site offers very clear call to actions and performs beautifully across all devices.

Here is what Lynn Heulsmann, Executive Director of Burns Recovered had to say

“Indigo Image created a dynamic, professional and engaging website for Burns Recovered/Midwest Children’s Burn Camp.  In addition to the site being desktop and mobile accessible, it is aesthetically pleasing  and we are thrilled with the outcome.”

New Website for Motor Appliance Corporation

We have been working with Motor Appliance Corporation for many years… mostly on the graphic design of technical products flyers and precision design of overlay stickers for their products.

The re-design of their website was a project that had been on the back-burner for some time but just last week we launched a brand new shiny site for them. Visit it at macmc.com

macmc responsice website

Web re-design projects are always really satisfying particularly when you take a look back. Here is the original site. It had served them well for many years but was looking rather dated and wasn’t working well on mobile devices

website redesign

The new website was built on the WordPress platform which will give the client much more freedom to self maintain. We offer full training on using WordPress in the form of screenshot videos in which we walk through a specific task. This approach works really well as they can be viewed and revisited as many times as as required.

The site itself is very clean, with power pops of red in keeping with the branding elements and is fully responsive.

The Power of Before and After Photographs

We are all suckers for before and after transformations no matter what the subject.

Why?

Because before and after photographs engage. They grab attention offering potential and possibility and show us what can be done

Take a look at these before and after photos

Cheap > Expensive

cheap-expensive

Amateur > Professional

Drab > Fab

before after tattoo wipe

Trash > Treasure

before-trash
after-treasure

Without one word of copy we have told a story in each set of photos – so important in the micro attention span of today’s website users. We have offered a level of engagement to someone who has an outdated website and maybe looking for a re-design, someone who has a faded tattoo and even someone looking to create a piece of art from trash. Granted it is an odd mix to have on a single page but you get the picture.

Advantages

This engagement factor can lead to

  • A better understanding of a product which in turn can improve sales conversions
  • Impart a level of expertise
  • An improved connection with your visitors
  • The increased possibility of your content being shared on social media and all the upsides associated with that – increased traffic, better organic search engine placement, more quality back links etc.
  • Repeat visits to a website – visitors experiencing good interesting content on a site are more likely to return to it in the future

No matter what type of business you are in, before and after photographs are an excellent addition to your marketing efforts.

Including Before and After Photos in Your Marketing Mix

For products or services that result in a visual change – think web design, interior design, weight loss, fashion, makeup … the before and after photos are obvious – a screenshot of a website before and after re-design, a face with and without makeup, a sofa with and without pillows.

But say your business or service offers no real visual elements. How can before and after photos help and how do you go about creating them?

Here you can create scenarios which represent a situation with and without your product or service comparing Good (with service/product) vs Bad (without).

For example your are accountant who specializes in working with small businesses- how about a photograph of a shoe box messily filled with old receipts and invoices with the business owner pulling their hair out and another photo showing a neatly organized ledger and completed tax return with the business owner with a well groomed hair-do. A little creative thought can go a long way in dreaming up good before and after scenarios.

 

 

New Website for Creative in Chicago

Creative in Chicago started life on the Blogger platform in September 2010. It that time it has seen amazing growth with monthly traffic regularly reaching 60K hits and a good steady revenue from advertising. While Blogger is a fantastic platform it does have it’s limitations and it was time to take to the site to the next level and convert it to a self hosted WordPress site. With over 340 posts this was no mean feat!

There were two really critical elements to the project.

  1. Maintain all the equity built up with the search engines and across social media platforms. It was important that the urls’s of all the pages remained the same so anyone clicking on a link would be delivered to the correct page and not be met with the dreaded “NOT FOUND” screen.
  2. A staggering 60% of the visits to the site come from mobile devices so it was imperative that mobile users have the best experience possible.

It was also time to give the site a fresh new look so the project also included a redesign element.

The home page now offers a featured project and fantastic photographs are displayed throughout.

creative-in-chicago-wordpress-website
And the site has been carefully organized into categories which all give a photo overview and excerpt of each post.
creative in chicago categories
and are easily accessible through a well thought out drop down navigation which converts nicely into a mobile friendly tool for mobile users

creative-in-chicago-wordpress-website-2

The site was launched with zero loss of performance – the traffic is steady and strong and advertising revenues constant.

New Website for Chicago Headhunting Company

We have worked with Peter Meder & Company, a Chicago executive headhunting company, for over six years now. The original site we created had served them well, but was created before the popularity of smartphones … as a result it did not offer site visitors an optimum “mobile experience”.

The new site, launched today, gives the company a brand new look which is more up to date and visitors can now have a good experience from whatever device they are using to access the site, desktop to phone. Check it out at http://pmedercompany.com/

new website for chicago headhunter

new website for chicago headhunter

Graphic Design Project: Folder and Note Card.

We have been working with Restore North Shore, a Chicago remodeling company, for over five years now and in that time have built their entire visual brand – logo, business stationery, website, signage and even t-shirts. We recently created two new pieces to compliment their existing collateral, a folder and  note card. The folder will be used for presenting new bids and the note card was deliberately left blank inside so it can be multi purpose…anything from a thank-you card to an introduction card.

The Evolving Web Site

“A good web site is never complete – it is a user interface that evolves over time with changes to better serve your visitors.”

Is your web site built to adapt as your business transforms?

All of the websites we create are robust enough to accommodate this need to change, whether it is something as simple as updating a logo, adding a new service or taking advantage of new internet technology.

Here an example of what I mean.

Interior Designs 2 Go

This site we created for Interior Design 2 Go has undergone design and “call to action”  tweaks and “under the hood” tinkering

This is what the site looked like when it was first launched.

wordpress website interior designer

and here it is today.

evolving-interdesigns2go

It has a new logo, accent color, home page layout and does a better job at illustrating the service being offered.

 

A Fab Freebie: Adult Coloring Book

As if it not enough to be creative in my day job, my many of my hobbies revolve around creative pursuits too. Many of them appear on Creative In Chicago, my personal blog. A few years back I shared a post on how coloring can be a great stress buster… now you see adult coloring books all over the place.

I have embraced the trend and designed my own adult coloring book and you can download it for free!

free adult coloring book

free adult coloring-book download

The book is a collection of 20 designs which were a real pleasure to create.

Here is a peep at a few of them

free adult coloring sheet

free adult coloring sheet

free adult coloring sheet