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Posts Tagged: custom web design

How to standout in a world of mediocrity

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Filed under: Design Inspiration.

Last week I went to an Entrepreneurship conference where I heard an amazing talk on excellence by Mr. Gary Powers. Powers is the Owner of Ortho Molecular Products, a company who aims to change the way the health supplement businesses are run.

Excellence: How to standout in a world of mediocrity

Powers says many company’s products are not accurately represented on their labels. A supplement label may say it has Betaine to aid with digestion, but how much does it actually have? Many companies will add just a few drops of an ingredient to a huge mixing container and add it to their label to help it sell.

Power’s company is looking to set a new standard of excellence in the industry. His talk led me to think about how these same principles of excellence can be applied to the web industry. If you are tired of the status quo – business as usual – then keep reading!

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Sign-A-Rama Redesign

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Filed under: Case Studies, Design Inspiration, Responsive Design.

We recently worked with a local Signage Shop to completely rebrand their website. We worked hard to create something that truly showcased their amazing work, experience and great customer experience.

Sign-A-Rama: Case Study

Sign-A-Rama – Carpentersville hired us to redesign their entire online presence into something that truly showcased their amazing work, experience and great customer experience.

Our goal is to establish them as a high-performing million dollar company, and their website was a huge thing holding them back from this reputation.

Check out the full Case Study to see how we built their new completely responsive website.

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Design is Not Just a Veneer

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

The question often comes up in conversations among developers, web designers and business owners of “What is Design?”. When most developers think of design one thing comes to their mind. When an artist/designer thinks of design they often think of a completely different thing. In seeking to define this term we need to ask ourselves some important questions like “Why is it important“, “What does good design look like”, “What does it involve“?

As we seek to discover what design truly encompasses, I hope you will not only enjoy learning some new things, but will also come away with a desire and passion to refine your skills as a designer. I want you to be inspired to study this topic further, through learning from other great designers, reading great books and practice – lots of practice.

Veneer Keyboard by Lazerwood Industries

Photo credit: Lazerwood Industries - Macbook Pro with Veneer keyboard

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For Designers: How to Increase your Business

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Filed under: Web Development.

Have you ever had a hard time convincing your would-be Clients of their need for a new website? Have you ever made that proposal to a company that seemed really excited about a project who then backed down after hearing your price?

Meeting your Client's needs

If so, this article is for you. It will help you when working with businesses and individuals you have identified that need a new website. Read more…

Should I Choose a Custom Website Design, or Use a Premade Template?

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Filed under: SEO, Web Development.

One of the most argued topics of today is “Should I Choose a Custom Website Design, or Use a Premade Template?” One reason this question is so difficult to answer is because there are design firms that are charging around $6000 for a custom website with CMS integration, and other companies are offering their themed template designs for only $50.

How is it possible that the range of pricing is so broad? How do I choose between a custom design and a theme template? Is there even any reason I should go with a custom design – it looks like there are plenty of nice template designs out right?

Custom Web Design vs. Using a Template

In this article I will answer these and other questions about what direction you should choose when redesigning or developing your new website. Read more…