About a year ago Jean Mateson of Willabys Catering & Event Design asked me to help tweak her existing logo and business card design. She basically had the look and feel she wanted – she just wanted it touched-up a bit. In the process, we got to talking about her website and how she wanted to revisit that soon so that it is more representative of the company that Willabys has grown to be. As tends to happen, running a successful business can get in the way of one’s own marketing house-cleaning, so we pushed it back… until now.
In order to have a completed site up and running for Willabys in time for an annual bridal show they are participating in, we recently kicked site development into high gear. The new website launched today, featuring Willabys’ new logo, some beautiful imagery of their delicious fare and a look and feel that is more in-line with who they are today. They will be utilizing an integrated WordPress blog to help keep their site fresh – the blog will automatically feed the site pages with the most recent content. The site also has rotating testimonials featured on every page, a stylized-transition slideshow on the front page and a navigation structure that is intuitive and easy. This new website should be a great tool for Willabys to help build new relationships and really show what they’re all about.
Kevin Winder and Dean Sanderson of Paperboy Properties contacted me about doing a website for their new company. I was excited to get going on the site because it was filled with all sorts of fun potential visually. But first things first… creating an identity.
After some back and forth brainstorming covering everything from a paperboy on a bicycle “delivering” little homes to a newspaper roll exposing the company name as headline, we arrived at this solution. A little less hit-you-over-the-head than the kid on the bike, but a great visual representation of the job Kevin and Dean do for their clients and just fun, memorable imagery.
Paperboy Properties should be receiving their various stationery pieces from the printer any day now. Up next… website!
ServiceMaster Clean of Salem contacted me about producing a website to help reach out to and educate potential customers about ServiceMaster Clean and the expert services they offer.
ServiceMaster Clean is part of a long-running family of ServiceMaster brands, so we had to take care to work within established brand guidelines in the developing of this website.
The client wanted an SEO-strong site and the ability to use some of their in-house resources to do content updates to the website. When we were deciding on the build structure, the WordPress CMS seemed like a natural fit. Coupled with a few custom-configured plugins like a calendar, contact form and feature image slideshow, the WP CMS provides a feature-rich website that is user friendly, scalable and can be client-managed.
My business (and my family) are moving. For my clients reading this, I will actually be keeping the same mailing address for a while. Expect a change soon – I’ll of course keep you updated.
The move is a positive one, so I am very excited. There may be a few bumps along the way during the transition(s). And I’ll spare you all the details. But I did want to share with you the website I put together to showcase our home for sale.
We love(d) this place, but the time is right for my family to move on
A week or so ago, the Oregon Transit Association hosted their annual Oregon Transportation Conference in Seaside, Oregon. I had the pleasure of working with Kelly and Tomilynn Ross of Western Advocates, Inc. to design this year’s conference brochure and a couple other pieces of collateral for the conference. We actually had a pretty tight deadline to design and produce the materials, but we made it happen. And it was a pleasure to get to work with Western Advocates for the first time.
The conference logo was designed by someone else (if I knew who that was I’d give them credit for it). The existing logo is an enclosure with quite a bit going on inside, so a little thought had to go into incorporating it into a layout. After a little discussion and planning, we were able to take the existing logo and work it nicely into an original 2-color brochure design that the fit budget and desired style. We then took that look and applied it to an “At-A-Glance” piece and “Passport” piece to work as part of a unified conference collateral pack.
According to Tomilynn, the materials were well received. Excellent I look forward to working with Western Advocates again!