The old saying goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” If all I did was work, work, work I know for certain my digital creativity would dry up. I keep my passion for web and graphic design alive by balancing work and play. You will NOT find my chained to my computer screen day and night. Oh, I also have no interest in having a data plan on my phone so I can check my email etc. where ever I am. When I step away from my computer I like to step away from the electronic world.
It seems however I am unable to step away from the creative world. Here are a few of the fun non computer creative things I have done in the last year.
Invested in an SLR digital camera, while my photos are far from professional I did qualified for a profile on istockphotos.com
Built some sand sculptures in the gorgeous white sands of Florida.
Learnt how to tie the fantastic monkey fist knot
Enjoyed the creative eye candy of down town Chicago. From the wonderful impressionist painting in the Art Institute of Chicago to the amazing reflections from “The Bean“
Transformed a dungeon basement room to a teenage penthouse complete with painted skyline mural
Made an igloo in the garden after the spectacular snow storm in February
Got creative with food with some doggy cookies …for humans.
Got inspired to buy some watercolor paints after discovering a painting I’d started at age 17 and never finished. Brushing up on some seriously lost skills!
Planted a vegetable garden …that our resident garden critters enjoyed very much.
I am looking forward to many more creative adventures in 2012… digital or not.
A quick Google search for “Chicago web design company” producing a whopping 68,700,000 results. This is a big town and there are lots of players. Not every design firm will be right for every project and finding a company you are comfortable working with and a good fit for your project, can be a challenge.
Here is a brief snapshot of what we offer
Web site design
Web redesign, we can rework what you already have to bring it up to date
Identity design, including logo, letterhead and business cards
Complete corporate branding
Graphic design for projects such as brochures, posters, trade show banners, advertisements etc
Website coding – need a design turned into a working website?
Search Engine Optimization ( SEO) and keyword analysis
Pay per click programs e.g Google Adsense
Social networking e.g Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Video internet marketing
We have been in business since 2000 and have many very happy clients under our belt, see what some of them have to say here
We are located in Lincolnshire, in the North Shore area of Chicago.
The academy is about to move into a fabulous, brand new, custom built space and owner Brenda Didier also wanted to start things fresh with a new web site as well.
The site showcases a wealth of professionally taken photographs which capture the commitment of the students and the teaching ethics of the dance school, they taken center stage in the the look and feel of the site. The content from the original site was reorganized into a more logical architecture and a clean and simple navigational tool allows users to easy move around the site.
For ease of client management the site has been built on the WordPress platform.
We have already heard very positive feedback on the site!
As a web and graphic designer it is my job to be creative, to come up with new a novel ways of presenting things, to create designs that are visually alluring and engaging.
Well the creative aspect of my job tumbles into my everyday life and there is nothing like this little pop of color on my desk to make me pick up one of these lovely home made pens and start sketching out logo ideas or architectural wire frame details.
There is nothing like a good vacation to refresh the soul and a fabulous week in the UK has done the trick for me. I’d written a couple of blog posts before I left and scheduled their publish while I was away, busy NOT checking my email… not even once. That is a liberating experience I want to repeat …and soon!
I am back on US soil now busy already and following up on a nice bundle of leads generated by some good old fashioned organic Google ranking for my Chicago web design company.
As much as I embrace American traditions some of my British traditions have yet to fall by the wayside. Every Christmas I make a “Christmas cake” which is a rich fruit cake ( I can hear the gasps from here..but when made properly they are quite yummy) covered in marzipan and iced with royal icing. This battered old Father Christmas (Santa) always sits atop. See here for a previous years cake
Hello! A week ago today I was packing up my St Louis web design business and today, here I am firmly planted in Chicago. It may be a while before I am fully unpacked but I am really looking forward to getting to know you, all your fabulous businesses and getting down to work as the Chicago web designer.
Here is what I do:
Custom Web Site Design
Web Site redesign
Banner ad Design
Blog Design, wordpress, blogger
Internet marketing ( SEO)
Logos and corporate branding
Traditional graphic design
I have been in the web and graphic design business for over 10 years and am truly passionate about what I do.
One question, as a city you have a lot of nick names. Which one do you prefer, Chi town, ChicagoLand or the Windy City?