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.
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.
and here it is today.
It has a new logo, accent color, home page layout and does a better job at illustrating the service being offered.
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!
The book is a collection of 20 designs which were a real pleasure to create.
Here is a peep at a few of them
I recently built an eCommerce website using WooCommerce and a functionality my client was looking for, was the ability to receive a simple text message that they had a new order. WooCommerce automatically sends out an email when a new order is generated but my client didn’t want to be a slave to checking their inbox…a fair enough request I thought!
My first approach was to use a SMS plugin but it appeared there was no free way to achieve this simplest of tasks. So I got creative!
Creating a text alert for a new order from WooCommerce without using a plugin
- Start by creating a unique email address through your hosting provider. It can be as obscure as you like e.g email@example.com…the only emails this account will receive will be from WooCommerce.
- Log into your WordPress dashboard and navigate to WooCommerce > Settings > Emails > New Order. Add your newly generated email address.
- Log into your newly created email account. The email account I used was powered by SmarterMail and through their settings I was able to set up an Event with an Action that would trigger whenever the inbox received a new message – ie an order had been generated. The way you do this will depend upon the email provider but SmarterMail makes the process very easy. The clever part comes in the configuration of the Action. All cell phone numbers have an email address associated with them, all you need to determine what it is. is the cell phone number itself and the cell phone carrier.
e.g a cell phone number of 123 456 78910 with verizon would have an associated email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.The Action should be configured to send a simple text message to the email address associated with the cell number
It has proved to be be a simple and effective way to receive text notifications of new orders