Chirnside Hall Hotel, Chirnside I must admit that I am very lucky when it comes to the locations of some of the client meetings that I have. Sitting in the grand Victorian lounge of Chirnside Hall Hotel, with it’s opulant decor, elegant furniture, roaring open fires and stunning views across the Merse toward Cheviot, really was a special location to discuss the project requirements.
The brief required a new, clean, professional, elegant and trustworthy web design that would showcase the grandeur and luxurious nature of the hotel; an online brochure that was easy to browse through, each page highlighting stunning interior photos or amazing outdoor views.
In additional to the more standard elements within the site, the ability to quickly check availability and book rooms via a third party booking system was required, along with a separate section optimised for shooting parties and sports packages.
To raise curiosity and to encourage a visit to the museum, the site design makes use of several randomised elements; each page loading a range of exhibits, photos, facts and snippets of information. As a charity, the museum needs financial aid to operate, so it was important to promote the need for support too. After photographing the displays and items at the museum (a lot of which were very personal and told their own unique story of war), one piece really stood out; a food tin that an ingenious soldier had turned into a mug. This item features on every page of the site, along side a request for support and a donation; a simple thing on it’s own, but compelling nonetheless.
And the feedback from the client: “Wow! Very pleased indeed with the concept. I think it’s excellent. The design and imagery are tremendous.”
Border Motorhome Hire, Stow Following the design of the logo earlier in the year, Scottish Borders Website Design launched the new Border Motorhome Hire website today. The brochure site features information on motorhomes, photos, rates, a route planner and newsletter sign up form. To add an extra level of creativity the statement “Wish you were here” (normally found on postcards) was turned into a question and repeated over the banner photo. After all, you can holiday wherever you want when you hire a motorhome!
Scotia Welding, Lauder Many business website design briefs make use of terms such as “smart”, “professional” and “trustworthy”, but that doesn’t have to mean “boring” too. By adding one or two design elements it’s possible to lift a business website so it becomes visually stimulating and leaves a mark on site visitors. In this instance, Scottish Borders Website Design used a photo of blue sparks flaring from a welders torch as the background to the website. The intensity of light from the torch highlights the logo, and a semi-transparent page edge adds depth to the site design. Visit the new Scotia Welding & Fabrication website to take a look!
Palmer Campbell, Melrose Scottish Borders Website Design started this project with the design of a new logo for the newly formed property and renovation specialists. “Crisp, clear and refined” was the brief for the logo, and that needed to carry through to the new site design too. The photos of the recently renovated properties clearly showed the style, finesse, elegance and attention to detail inherent in the work of Palmer Campbell. As a result, photos of the range of renovation work and property types feature across the whole site, instantly showcasing the level of service and skill provided.
Garden Life Log Cabins, Edinburgh The new GardenLife Log Cabins website launched this morning, right on time for the opening of the Ideal Home Show in London. Scottish Borders Website Design worked very hard with GardenLife to develop a fresh new brand to help represent them in the UK. The site allows visitors to browse and purchase a huge range of high quality log cabins, summerhouses and other timber buildings. In addition to shopping online, a blog, Twitter account and Facebook page have been set up and Scottish Borders Website Design will be supporting the site with ongoing search engine optimisation and marketing.
Crimson Retail, London Following on from the creation of a logo design for Crimson Retail, Scottish Borders Website Design moved on to the site design itself. The brief? A sharp design, with contrast and a clear identity with London. The logo looked crisp on a white background, so to achieve the required contrast and identity an illustration of the London skyline was positioned between the logo and the content. Bringing these design elements together with the assertive photography and striking crimson highlights did the trick. The site launched today, and the clients feedback? “It really has been a pleasure working with you”.
Maritime Response Service, London It’s fair to say that working in the web design trade means you end up with a pretty broad range of clients offering some highly varied services. Well, today Scottish Borders Website Design launched the new Maritime Response Service website; an online brochure that allows ship owners and operators to hire armed security guards for placement on maritime vessels trading in waters frequented by pirates. Time for a new category in the design portfolio!
Edward Campbell, Hawick I’ve mentioned before in other blog posts the necessity to step into the shoes of a client in order to produce a truly effective and targeted website design. The new Edward Campbell website design not only required stepping into some rather unorthodox shoes, it was a journey into a magical and surreal world that was utterly unique.
Edward is a highly imaginative surrealist painter, musician and children’s author; not to mention a free spirit with boundless creativity. The design brief was uncertain at first, but after seeing his work and discussing different ideas, it became apparent that a digital interpretation of his paintings should be the basis for the site design. The project started with the development of a new logo (which features an illustrated version of his famous “Umbrella man”) and the site design was totally inspired by his surreal paintings. The majority of the site pages feature the logo hovering in front of a bright full moon and a star studded sky, and towards the foot of the page mist enshrouded trees and toadstools. The music page is the exception and the logo hovers in front of the sun on a bright blue day, and the misty trees and toadstools are replaced by bright sunflowers.
With a site such as this it’s possible to create little design elements that really add a personal touch. When browsing the site watch out for a postcard highlighting the newsletter sign up (the stamp is actually a painting by Edward and the “Par avion” sticker is based on his flying “Umbrella man”). Scottish Borders Website Design also illustrated a book to allow site visitors to browse through some of the pages from “The Umbrella Man and the Magic Feather” and on the music page you can listen to samples before purchasing tracks on iTunes or AmazonMP3.
Edwards comments: “Its been great to work with you to and thank you for all your work, the finished site really is a marvel.”
Rosie Sugden, Melrose After completing the logo design for Rosie Sugden, Scottish Borders Website Design moved onto the design and build of her new online shop. As with the logo, Rosie had a very specific look and feel in mind for the site design, and the way in which she wanted to promote and sell her luxurious cashmere accessories online. The clean, crisp and stylish site launched today, and the feedback from Rosie? “I am so happy with it all and it has been very easy working with you so thank you very much for everything you have done.”