This past weekend saw a fun art festival in the village of Long Grove IL. There are lots of art shows going on this time of year but I think what makes this one extra special for me is that my teenage daughter designed the logo. It was done as part of a marketing class at Adlai E. Stevenson High School
You have to admire anyone who can run a marathon, but I take my hat off to client Susie Perkowitz who takes her running to the extreme. This week she is taking part in the TransRockies Run, a 6 day, 120 mile adventure with 20,000 feet of gain. Susie was diagnosed with diabetes shortly after completing the race last year but it has not deterred her from running again. This year’s race kicks off her fundraising campaign: Go! For Diabetes., her new website was launched on Monday.
The site is very simple but simplicity is often the best approach. >>Read more about her story and donate to diabetic research and awareness
We recently launched a new web site for Metamorphi– a st Louis home builder.
They were after a simple brochure type website which showcases the properties they have developed ( check out the impressive before and after gallery)
“Your Creative Partner” – that is our tag line and is the phrase that really encompasses everything we do.
While our big creative projects are things like website or logo design, we also offer design services for small businesses looking for creative input on projects such as presentations or even the conversion of concepts into digital formats…really anywhere they need a creative partner.
A great example of one of these smaller projects is this pattern creation for a local Chicago Realtor. They contacted us with a simple sketch of what they wanted and need a digital file which could be scaled so they could print. The plan was to produce some framed artwork.
We whipped up the concept in Adobe Illustrator
It was time.
Our previous brand image has served us well but we have been wanting to shake things up and redesign it for over a year now. Finding time has been difficult but we have finally rolled out a new brand image for The Chicago Web Designer, Indigo Image.
Lets start at the beginning with the first thing we tackled … an update of our logo.
We have dropped our rectangular icon replacing it with a circle but the “pathway” shape remains the same, the color indigo is now complimented with a fresh blue. We also updated the typeface to a less boxy font. While the logo is not a million miles away from where we started it is definitely fresher. The circular icon is nicely compatible with the size and shape restrictions for many social media profile icons ( see what we mean by checking out our Google + page)
One of the main drivers behind the redesign of our website is the fact there has been a huge surge in traffic from mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. The growth is so massive it is actually predicted web traffic from these devices is set to pass traffic from desktop computers this summer. While we had coded our previous design to react responsively ( see this blog post), time constraints meant that we didn’t redesign …just recoded. It was a good stop gap but needed fixing!
Both the design and the code has now been optimized for viewing on any device.
The re design gave us the opportunity for some content re-organization. The main area we reworked was the portfolio section. It is now split into four categories
We used chunky tiles to navigate portfolio items and finger friendly navigation buttons to switch between portfolio galleries.
Our re-branding has been carried through to our social media profiles
Here is our Facebook page
and our Goggle + page
and a new look for our Twitter profile
Launched today is a brand new web site for St Louis engineering company, Zagros Engineering.
The site presents their company information and services though a clean design with easy to use navigation. The Zagros .net developers will be adding future .net functionality to the site.
We first worked with Zagros on a redesign project for a shopping cart site Zagros Robotics and are delighted for the opportunity to work with them again.
The website for a Chicago wedding officiant I gave a sneak peak to a few days ago is now live.
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.
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
and again on an iphone
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
Here is another website we currently have in the works for St Louis based Zagros Engineering.
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.
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.
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.
Back in the fall I created a print ad for Chicago based small business Paper Shower. Quite often when I create pieces for print I never get to see the finished product…which is fine, but I never turn down the opportunity to take a look at the end result.
The ad appeared in Feb/March edition of California’s Adventure Sport Journal.
..and after a quick scan through the magazine I now have a hankering to hike along the California coast. If I do I will be sure to pack the unique Paper Shower body wipe