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”.
As a creative designer I always loved illustrating and animating using Adobe Flash, and there is nothing else out there like it. The development of HTML5 meant that Flash would no longer be required to play music and video, but when Apple decided not to support it on the iPhone or iPad it became likely that Flash might die out all together (as a side note, it infuriated me when Apple advertised the iPad as the best way to browse the web, as the iPad didn’t display Flash files, which at the time of writing are still an integral part of the web!) Abobe have now dropped development of the Flash plugin for all mobile devices, a decision which surely spells the death knell of Flash online. Although HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, as a Flash illustrator and animator I know the web will never quite be the same without a touch of Flash. At this point Gordon’s all but dead.
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.”
JES Property Management, Portugal As a well established and trusted property management company in the Algarve, the JES brand and colour scheme are well known in the area (featuring in stationary, presentations, leaflets, staff uniforms and company vehicles). Scottish Borders Website Design worked with the established identity in order to create a new look for the site design that also ensured consistency of the brand online. Feedback from the JES team in the sunny Algarve: “Many, many thanks for getting the JES website up and running, it looks great”.
Your House Historian, Berwick Often B2C (business to customer) websites need to be professional, formal and trustworthy, but sometimes a brief comes along that allows for a far more artistic and creative website design. The service provided by Your House Historian relates to historical research, archives, old photos, documents, deeds and maps. To help paint that picture, the site design itself is based on an old leather desk with all the related papers scattered in front of the site visitor (even to the point that the end of the desk is visible when you scroll down). This type of site design is very tactile and really provides a clear visual representation of the service offered; something which is all important when trying to quickly grab and retain the attention of a potential new client.
Sunny Algarve, Portugal Running Scottish Borders Website Design entails dealing with start-ups and small businesses throughout the Borders and the north of England. Client recommendations often lead to new business further afield, in this instance, the Algarve in Portugal! Sunny Algarve requested that Scottish Borders Website Design create a new, clean, crisp website to showcase their luxury villas near Faro, and provide them with an ongoing search engine optimisation and marketing strategy. The site launched today and allows holiday makers to view all the amazing accommodation, facilities and views on offer, with the page layout designed to encourage reservation requests.
Findlay Ecology Services, Kelso Following on from the design of the logo, the approach to the new Findlay Ecology Services website design needed to take in two very different elements of ecology work; liaising with construction companies on the one hand, and monitoring flora and fauna on the other. By using carefully selected and well positioned stock photography the design ensures that any visitor to the site instantly understands the nature of the business. The clean fresh site also showcases unique photos and videos taken in the field (search engines love original content) and also allows for the secure purchase of a camera trap sold by Findlay Ecology Services. The response from the client after the site launch: “I cant stop looking at the website!”
TJF Services, Earlston Having designed the new logo for TJF Services Scottish Borders Website Design set about creating the new site. As a business based in the Borders the client wanted to make use of stock photography that visually tied the site to the Borders and the services offered. A wintry shot of the Eildens combined with a work related photo did just the job; to finish things of a random testimonial is pinned to the foot of each page to add a personal feel. Delightful feedback from the client: “Speachless… Bloody fantastic!!!!!!! I will be looking at it all day with a big smile. Can’t wait to show it off. Many, many thanks.”