A Chicago Web Design Company : Website and Graphic Design
chicago web designer

A Chicago web and graphic design company.

March 14, 2014

A Responsive Website for a Chicago Wedding Officiant

Share Button

The website for a Chicago wedding officiant I gave a sneak peak to a few days ago is now live.

re designed website for chicago wedding officiant

 

This was a re-design project of an original site that had been created on Wix…an easy to use website creator but lacking in functionality and true¬† internet marketing (SEO) capabilities. Here is a quick snap shot of the site prior to redesign, note the mobile version looks completely different from the desktop version.

website wedding officiant chicago redeisgn

Client, Toni Maddi , was very keen to keep the ability to update the website herself but really wanted a site where she could have full control of SEO. WordPress was the natural answer and it was this platform we used to build a fully responsive website for her wedding officiant business.

We created a very clean looking template design and updated the color palette a little. Toni had lots of fabulous photographs of wedding ceremonies she had conducted and these were used liberally throughout the site. All the pages were optimized for the search engines and we built specific landing pages for the locations and areas she serves.

The template was coded to respond to whatever device was being used to view it giving the visitor a consistent experience regardless of device they were using.

Here it is on an ipad

responsive design chicago wedding minister

and again on an iphone

responsive design Chicago wedding minister
The site has been live for less than 24hrs but I have just heard from Toni that she has already received an inquiry through it!

Read more about this wedding officiant web site on our website design portfolio

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
March 13, 2014

Website for Engineering Company in Progress

Share Button

Here is another website we currently have in the works for St Louis based Zagros Engineering.

 

engineering website design

Every web project we undertake follows a very methodical process

  • Define – where we put together a tactical plan of how to achieve the project goals
  • Design – the creation of the look and feel of the project
  • Develop – the design is coded and converted into a fully functional web site
  • Deploy – the site is tested and launched

The Zagros Engineering website is currently in the development stage, the framework of the site has been coded and we awaiting content from the client.

 

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
March 12, 2014

Sneak Peak at New Website for Chicago Wedding Officiant

Share Button

It is not quite ready to go live, but here is a quick sneak peak at the new web site we have been working on for a Chicago wedding officiant.

wedding officiant greater chicago web site

I am just waiting for a little more content then we will be able to pull the trigger and get this website on the road.

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
February 26, 2014

New Website in Progress for Chicago Wedding Officiant

Share Button

I am currently working with Chicago Wedding Officiant, Toni Maddi, on the creation of a new website for her business Personalized Ceremonies.

wedding officiant web site

Toni is looking for a responsive website that will improve her rankings in the search engines. I am building on the WordPress platform..the site will be launched in the next few weeks.

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
September 27, 2013

Redesigned Website for Paper Shower

Share Button

We have  work with businesses all over the country on web and graphic design projects, but it is especially rewarding working with  businesses based in our local vicinity.  Our newest client, Paper Shower, is located right here in Lincolnshire IL .

Launched yesterday was a redesigned version of their web site papershower.com

paper shower body wipes web site redesign

Paper Shower offers a range of unique body wipes which combine a large wet wipe with a dry towelette and are great for active people who are looking to freshen up on the go Рbikers, runners, while camping, hiking and traveling  or even on the golf course.

Why Redesign?

website redesign lincolnshire ilThere are several reasons for the need to redesign a web site and the old Paper Shower site fulfilled quite a few.

Firstly the site was making the visitors work too hard to understand the product, it was only after clicking through from the home page that the concept of the product having both a wet and dry towelette became obvious.

Secondly, almost no consideration had been made as to who the product was being marketed towards – it was too generic.

Lastly the site was not at all optimized for the search engines, the home page itself was a collection of images and as a whole had very little keyword rich copy.  Ranking in the search engines was poor and  traffic was minimal despite  great PR coverage the product has had over the last few years.

 

Our Web Re-Design Approach

Understanding the issues facing the old site helped us create a strategy for the  re-design and re-launch of the new site.

Competitive Analysis

Any SEO project needs to kick off with a through understanding of  the online competition. We took an in depth  look at other body wipe websites and our analysis  resulted in the compilation a list of favorable key phrases.

Web Content
We wanted to address several things with the web content

  • Communicate the uniqueness of the product in a simple format that did not require the user any effort
  • Engage with the target market of outdoorsy / active people
  • Add more call to actions to purchase product
  • Enrich it with target key words and phrase for SEO benefits

We started with the creation of a set of web banners that incorporated the product and an outdoor scenario or an occasion where the product would be useful. Each banner also carried the phrase Wash > Dry > Done, which was elaborated on with keyword rich copy underneath which quickly and easily explained the product.

paper shower body wipes golf
paper shower body wipes camping
paper shower body wipes travel
paper shower body wipes hiker
paper shower body wipes gym

The home page was updated to include more details of the product range and examples of who may find the product useful. We used video and client testimonials throughout the site for easily digestible communication.

For better engagement with the target audience we created a set of landing pages

and also added a blog

We are in the process of completing the internet marketing of the site but are confident that the  re design and optimization will result in increased traffic and sales.

Read more about Paper Shower in our web design portfolio.

© 2013 Chicago web designer

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
July 18, 2013

New Website for Heinzen Smith Properties

Share Button

Client Margaret Smith, of  Heinzen Smith Properties, has a 150 year family history of building homes just north of Chicago. Each house is custom designed and blends beautifully with existing homes in the Wilmette area.

Margaret contacted us with lots of ideas for her web site and we have been able to translate those ideas into a site that perfectly captures what she wanted to achieve.

Home builder wilmette IL Chicago

After developing a color palette inspired by a slate roof with weathered copper gutters, we designed a home page which gives site visitor a quick glimpse of some of their most eye catching homes and focuses attention to New Homes for Sale.¬† We were spoiled for choice when it came time to select¬† photographs as the client provided so many stunning homes to pick from. Not wanting waste an opportunity to showcase them further, we carried them through to the inner pages of the site and cropped them to center on doors as a “welcoming” gesture.

chicago home builder website

The site was also designed and coded as one that is fully responsive – see here for an explanation of responsive web design

Here it is on a desktop

responsive web design chicago
On an ipad in portrait and landscape orientations
reponsive web design chicago
And finally an iphone
responsive web design chicago

You can visit the site at heinzensmith.com

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
March 8, 2013

Web Site re-design for Chicago Suburbs Business: AED Battery Exchange

Share Button

Launch today is a freshly re-designed website for AED Battery Exchange aedbatteryexchange.com. Located in the far north suburbs of Chicago, they are leading the way in re- celling batteries for Automated external defibrillators and wanted a web site which truly matched their innovative product.

Also on their want list was a professional looking site which was easy to navigate and appealing to their target audience.

We created a very clean look and feel, the home page featuring an eye catching Call to Action banner to “Find your AED battery”.
AED battery exchange

They batteries were categorized in terms on manufacturer and featured images which can be enlarged so the user can clarify the correct battery.
aed website chicago

The site is definitely a step up from their old one

aed battery website chicago

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
February 19, 2013

An Example of Small Business Image Branding

Share Button

Here is another project which showcases the consistent use of image branding elements as I talked about in my post Brand Image Tips for Small business Owners.

I started working with Restore North Shore, a Chicago remodeling company, a few years back …creating a set of basic brand image elements for them … logo, color palette, type face selection. These element were then integrated into a website and more recently I have created Lawn signs, Car Magnets and t-shirts, working from the elements I originally established.

branded car magnet North Shore ChicagoNorth shore Chicago t shirt design

north shore chicago t shirt design

And here are the branding elements all working together, delivering a strong and consistent look for this small Chicago business.
restore north shore chicago branding

If you would like help building a branded image for your small business we are happy to help, learn more about our branding services or contact us today

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
February 1, 2013

The Eye of a Chicago Web Designer

Share Button

As a web and graphic designer my “design” eyes never seem to rest. If I am out and about driving, I am reviewing and critiquing logos on the sides of vehicles, if I am waiting at a clients office for a meeting to start I am analyzing the patterns in the carpet or on the wall coverings. Just sitting here as I type I can see patterns every where from the wood grain on my desk to the grill of my computer speakers.¬† I am constantly absorbing design all around me; patterns, textures,¬† shapes, color palettes, color combinations, type faces … to many it may sound exhausting …but to me it’s not!

Even at 30,000 feet the “Chicago web designers eye” is primed and ready. As I peered out of the window on a recent flight to Vegas I was greeted by an amazing patchwork of shapes and contours that had been highlighted by a sprinkling of snow.¬† How cool is that!

The eye of the Chicago web designer

 

Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog
December 14, 2012

12 months of the Chicago Web Designer

Share Button

As 2012 rolls to a close I like to take a look back at some of the projects I‚Äôve worked on over the year. It’s been a¬† real mixed bag¬† but I must have enjoyed myself as the year has flown by.¬† I have created websites, logos, brochures,¬† illustrations for a book, power point graphics, car magnets, lawn signs, business cards, mobile websites, e commerce sites, an icon for one of the largest banks in America and even the cover for a book.¬† My clients have been located both here in Chicago and a little further further afield… St Louis,¬† Louisville,¬† Wentzville and further away still … Belgium. There are no geographical boundaries for the Chicago Web Designer – your creative partner.

So here is a little showcase of my 2012 web and graphic work

12month of web design by the chicago web designer

 

January:  Powerpoint graphics for a large national bank

February:  Web concept project for a St Louis bank

March: WordPress conversion project for Ruth Hasser

April: Identity design for Select Food Sales

May: Community Website for the Humble Catholic

June: New website and branding elements for Restore North Shore

July: Refresh of Lincolnshire Academy of Dance

August: Rework of The Rockwood

September:  e commerce site-  Zagros Robotics

October: Illustrations and cover design for book: Mr Bison’s Journal

November: Responsive web site design for Mr Bison

December: Identity deign for InDeBom

I am looking forward to another bag of design challenges in 2013!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Add this Article to Digg Add this Article to Stumbleupon Add this Article to Del.icio.us Add this Article to Reddit Share this Article on Twitter subscribe to this blog

Next Page »

 

Subscribe in a reader

or enter your email address to receive email updates:

twitter

Portfolio

Services

General

Chicago Web Designer

  • A Chicago website design and graphic design company with 10+ years experience. Located in the North Shore area of Chicago

Contact

 

We are proud to serve the North suburbs of Chicago

Chicago Web Design Lake County Web Design | Cook County Web Design |
Arlington Heights Web Design | Buffalo Grove Web Design | Deerfield Web Design |Glenview Web Design |Highland Park Web Design | Lake Bluff Web Design | Lake Forest Web Design | Libertyville Web Design | Lincolnshire Web Design| Morton Grove Web Design | Northbrook Web Design | Northfield Web Design | Skokie Web Design | Vernon Hills Web Design | Wheeling Web Design | Wilmette Web Design| Winnetka Web Design|

We're featured Lincolnshire web designers in Illinois web design section of web designers directory