So here’s us in a nutshell: We listen, develop, design, deploy. But mostly, we create seamless communication paths between your ideas and your audience. That we happen to do most of this on the web with a strong focus on eCommerce – well, it’s a great medium.
We challenge you to find another web development company that truly creates your content. But that’s because no other company mixes programmers and designers with literary and research PhDs. We have some remarkable people!
We will offer you a level of service that nobody else offers: true content creation during you site build, which means you can outsource your content entirely to us – so that all you have to do is review and ask for tweaks. We will:
Research your industry & competitors
Write professional, stylish copy that represents you in your industry
Create your bylines and headings and blurbs
Remove the corporate or technical jargon
Modularize content copy into central and supporting messages
Even pass all this into brochural or other off-site material for you
And one more:
Give your site emotion and personality
How is this different, truly different, from what everyone else does? Well, nobody else does it…because it’s tough, and it’s touchy, and you have to be good…
And we excel at it.
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Give us a moment to tell you about this, because there’s a story with a message here. We’ve been building websites and web applications since 1999. In that time the Internet has gone from a programmatic nightmare for hard-core geeks, to a place where anyone with a bit of sense (and time) can launch a WordPress, or even Joomla or other CMS-driven website. We think that’s great – as technology gets better, it should also get easier to build with and use.
But then the other shoe drops: Once you’ve set up a website on a hosting service with the click of an auto-install button, the colors are looking nice because you’ve purchased a template you’re happy with, a logo is in place, the self-installing contact forms and other third-party stuff are working – you run into the problem of content. What do you put in there for people to read and look at? How do you say it? How do you make it matter? How does it tell your story? Ultimately: how does it represent your business and drive visitors to your business goals?
We see this over and over when we custom develop, as we ask clients: give us copy, give us bylines, give us headings, give us blurbs, tell us what to say! And they can’t. And so a website that should take a week to create turns into a two-month teeth-pulling ordeal.
So we saw a need – and decided to fill it.
Yes we excel at it.
We will also take on your content moving forward, even if we’re not involved in your site build (although we prefer to be). At your request we will:
Create more site content as necessary
Publish to your blogs
Post to your social media accounts
Even generate copy for your off-line media
Websites (and content in general) tend to lead an organic life that takes them far beyond software and initial content – over time, there’s always more story to tell. Especially with the advent of social media, where content needs to update and stay fresh. Coming up with new material can hurt (not just the brain, but in time and money spent), so we’ll take care of it for you.
We claim terrific design, and we mean it.
Our core artist (Brittany) is exactly that, an artist. She doesn’t just “do” graphics. She paints (real canvasses), draws, sketches, doodles, even tattoos. Normally we create graphics under Brittany’s direction to integrate with your site design and bring it to life. But we also create standalone art, from logos to brochure art and the occasional mural.
Ask us the next time you need art to hang on your company walls – because that’s how far we can take it. Otherwise, we’ll just create beautiful images for your projects.
Few know what user experience (UX) design is, or why it is so important. In brief: a solid UX lets your visitors find their way around your site with intuitive ease and get to the content you want them to get to. This makes them feel good, and that’s good for business.
You’ve been to sites with poor UX – you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you often leave in frustration, thinking, “this site sucks.” You’ve been to the ones with excellent UX – you’ve found what you were looking for, and so never gave a thought to the complex process of getting there. It felt natural and easy.
UX really starts to matter as sites get big. But it’s background stuff. When it’s doing its job, it becomes invisible. This invisibility is exactly the goal of a great UX design.
We fix the UX on sites all the time. Ask us about it.
And so that you know: we will not deliver a product we build for you that has not been given extensive UX treatment. We will:
Categorize or taxonomize your information into sets
That make intuitive sense to your visitors
And get them to the content you want them to get to
To produce the desired response
There’s more to it than that, certainly, but that’s the goal of a solid UX. And to get your project there: we do the necessary comparative research in your industry, conduct user-needs and habits assessment, model information and the process of moving through it, and a number of other things geared to streamline and present your content for an optimal user experience.
Did we get you to read down this far. Did you notice that we did it without pictures. Or fancy layouts. Or sales pitches of any kind. That’s user experience design at work.
In this case we used a neat little trick (a User Interface, or UI element) where you click to open a slider panel that delivers more content depending on your level or area of interest in the title. Simple. Effective. You don’t even notice it because it mimics the way the human mind chunks information into manageable pieces.
On the other hand, maybe you were attracted by the funky title for this slider panel and clicked on it first (so we put the bit about user experience design in here to pique your interest and get you to click on the target panel above… 🙂