As a hobby I have really got into surface pattern design over the last year or so and in that time have built up a substantial set of collections.
Surface pattern design is the creation of artwork ( generally repeating patterns) that can be applied to everything from fabric to phone cases, gift wrap to bathmats.
I use all sorts of techniques to produce my designs, creating repeat patterns from watercolor paintings, digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and even on my ipad with an ipencil using a great app called Procreate.
My inspiration comes mainly from nature and I am a big fan of color
To showcase my pattern collections I have just launched a new website ZoeFeast.com. I kept the design clean and simple and let the patterns be the star of the show. The website is fully responsive.
We have been working with OperationHEATJAC, manufacturer of a unique heated garment for use in the O.R, for some years now. In that time they have extended their product offering to different markets. These changes have meant a slight restructuring of the business, which now operates under the name of HEATJAC with three divisions, OperationHEATJAC, HEATJAC for Motorsports and HEATJAC for Outdoors.
Time for a branding refresh!
We kicked off by tweaking the original company logo whose original design worked equally as well in a shortened version.
The website was also refreshed to better reflect the three division with an updated home page, new navigation and dedicated division shopping pages. The site was also moved to a different domain heatjac.com
I have said it before but I will say it again, web redesign projects are so satisfying. It’s something about breathing new life into the old and worn, giving it shape, presence and function to do battle in today’s business environment.
I have been working with Heartstation, providers of AED cabinets, for some time now and was delighted when they hired me to revamp their website which dated back to 2006! The internet technology available since that time has come a long way.
The redesigned site encompasses a bright,open look and feel with call to actions throughout. It offers a completely responsive experience for the user whether they are visiting from their mobile or a desktop.
Nothing says a happy customer than one who sends me referrals and this was how I ended up working with Lamira Martin, a referral from a fellow celebrant Ruth Hasser
Lamira was looking to redesign the website for her Celebrant business, Your Ceremony, Your Way . It needed a fresh look and offer her visitors a better experience when accessing the site from a mobile device.
Redesign projects are always so satisfying, here is what the original site looked like.
Lamira was one happy client and here is what she shared on Google reviews
Zoe is an amazing website creator. She listens – From my rambling, she was able to discern a theme, colors, font and images that resonated with my vision for my website. She is patient – After the initial site was created, Zoe was open to any and all changes that I wanted. She is kind – I never felt like the inexperienced techie that I am. She is knowledgeable – Her recommendations, especially re: accepting payment and optimal search avenues were spot-on. I highly recommend ZOE FEAST, website creator EXTRAORDINAIRE!!
Thanks Lamira for such a positive review, you were a pleasure to work with!
The last few weeks I have been working on a new website for a A-Yo Kitchen, a York PA recipe developer and food photographer. This startup business is the brain child of Alysha Yoder, who has such talent when it comes to preparing, styling and photographing food. I was literally slobbering as each photograph got uploaded to my dropbox.
Alysha wanted a very minimalist look to her web site, where her photographs have the staring role. She had actually picked out a WordPress template before we connected and had dabbled with it on WordPress.com. However as with a lot of templates and the limitations faced when running a website though WordPress.com, she was unable to make it do exactly she wanted to achieve her vision. It needed the magic touch from a professional web designer!
The first thing I did was to get it off WordPress.com and set it up as a self hosted site. If you need multiple plugins and are after a particular functionality it is actually more cost effective to take this route.
Working from Alysha’s sketches,
I brought the site to life. It is actually really useful when a client can provide sketches as it really helps clarify exactly what they are after.
I have been working on a really interesting project over the last few weeks, the branding and marketing of a portable solar generator.
The project involved coming up with a name for their product, developing a brand image and a website.
Understanding the target audience and the unique attributes of the product were key parameters during the research of the name.
Small portable generator
Water resistant box
Rugged military style box
It was also important that a suitable domain name was available…no easy feat in this day and age where so many domain names are purchased and squat on. Product naming is fascinating and after a considerable groundwork I presented a list of possibilities to the client.
The one they selected was HELIOPACK Solar Generator. Helio originates from the Greek word for the sun – Helios, and pack has connotations of something that is portable and is outdoorsy. I think it fits the product perfectly!
The outdoorsy rugged look was also conveyed with the logo. A strong font was selected for the word HELIOPACK and a “power up” symbol incorporated with in it. The color choices reflect clean energy.
The website was kept simple and bold and there are future plans to add e-commerce. Check it out at HELIOPACKgenerator.com
I market myself as “A Creative Partner for your Small Business” and if your small business website is built using Wix, I can help by making it not only look wonderful but perform seamlessly too.
The Wix platform offers a drag and drop interface and is described on their site as “easy for any person to create websites – no design skills needed”. While it certainly offers plenty of tools to make a site look pretty, you really do need an understanding of how best to present your content to engage your users and encourage them down certain paths. This is where tapping in on the experience of a professional web designer can help take your Wix website to the next level.
This was exactly what Malorie Blake,a registered dietitian based in York PA, was looking for her website Wholesome365.com
The re-working of her Wix site involved re branding with her new logo and complimentary color palette and font choices.
Reorganized navigation for better content flow and usability and built out footer elements
Re-worked home page for improved information and call to action. e.g. Detailing major services and lead generation via a free phone consultation
Improved the design and added better call to action on inner pages of site e.g. Booking appointments or purchasing packages
Ensured design elements were consistent throughout site
Optimized pages and file names for SEO purposes
Here is the finished home page
Compared to where we started from
As you can see the site is now far more focused on the user and how they can be directed to specific areas easily without having to think. The eye is effortlessly drawn in to the Call to actions
If you need help with a Wix website I am here to help. Give me a call at 636 795 7988 or contact me via email
I have been in business a long time and have built hundreds of websites. Websites come and go, they get redesigned or disappear altogether but a site I built for Labor Advertising Network in 2005 was still in use. As you can imagine it was looking rather dated and lacked modern day functionality.
I have kept in contact with the client and last month got a call from them saying they were ready to bring their website to present day standards but were on a very tight budget. They wanted it converted to a WordPress website so they would be able to edit it themselves and also ensure the new site offered mobile friendliness to their users.
Recognizing their budget considerations, the most cost effective approach for them was to use a ready made WordPress template.
After installing and configuring WordPress on their server I selected the Twenty Seventeen template to customize. It is a very clean template, lends itself to small uncomplicated sites and is of course, beautifully mobile friendly.
The Labor Advertising Network is a network is designed to help advertisers get their story across to the Labor community. This distribution network is conveyed in three custom designed graphics which feature in the huge banner area on the home page. Each banner features a different professional and they are randomized so a different one displays each time the home page is visited.
Here is the home page in action
and the inner pages of the site were configured to display a custom header
A few lines of custom CSS added a color to the navigation bar and footer.
It’s always fun to take a look back, here is the old static site.