Update: March 2014 – An updated version of this site was just finished. Proud to feature one of our latest clients: Heal-N-U Therapeutic Day Spa in Meridian, Idaho. We created this website to feature the spa services, including online booking and gift card purchasing. This spa specializes in not only the relaxing benefits of massage, it also emphasizes overall health with its caring, attentive staff. We look forward to future work on this site, when the owner expands to the next phase of her business plan. Check out the Heal-N-U site here!
Just finished up a website for Independent Scentsy Consultant, Lisa Nelson. This site will be used by Lisa as a marketing and lead generation tool for prospective consultants and customers. This was a great site to work on because it educated us about the fantastic products and the story of the Scentsy company. You can read more about it by visiting Lisa’s site – check out the site here. Want us to design a site for your Scentsy business? Contact us!
The latest logo designed by Graphic Zen for PopFury.com. PopFury is a review/opinion site dedicated to art, music, design, film, food & spirits, technology, and video games. We are also working on the website design for this project, which is scheduled to launch August 1. UPDATE: Site is now live at www.popfury.com.
Our goal was to create a logo that conveyed “anger/frustration” in a playful way, and per our usual goal, crossover to a variety of medium (print, web, t-shirts, etc.)
Note: PopFury has already created a basic CafePress store – located at www.cafepress.com/popfury.
Graphic Zen recently completed the website redesign for Cougar Mountain Landscaping. The new design features a “Video” page, where Cougar Mountain will feature videos of client landscape installs and DIY tips. Dave Wells, partner at Cougar Mountain said, “We really love the new design. It’s much cleaner and puts the focus on our projects through the use of many photos.”
The new site also features a comprehensive client survey – for those seeking a custom quote – that goes into great detail to provide Cougar Mountain with your landscaping wishlist. Once submitted, Cougar Mountain can provide a series of landscaping options to fit the clients’ budget.
As we go about our business of logo and web design, we occasionally receive calls from people asking about website redesign. If you own a website, chances are you often wonder whether it is the right time to do a total redesign of the layout of your website. Here are some points to consider:
Are you thinking of a redesign just for the sake of it? If you answered yes to that question, it is not yet the right time to do a redesign. Remember, a design serves a specific purpose. Make a list of the pros and cons of getting a redesign. You’ll likely find the core of what is lacking in your current site. Can it just be added to your existing site without a redesign? Cool, you just saved time and money.
On the other hand, if your website has had the same website design since 1990, perhaps it is high time to do a redesign. The last thing you would ever want to happen to your site is when visitors leave your site without taking a look at your content just because the design is old fashioned (or takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to load). If this is your case, here are some points to ponder before doing a redesign.
Redesigning your website is like doing a remodel on a house. Your website loses its current identity (for the better or worse) and your regular visitors might not recognize your new design at first glance. You risk losing them just because they thought they landed on the wrong page. Hence, it is very important that you retain a characteristic feature from your old layout. Perhaps it is the logo of your site; perhaps it is the same text style for the title for your site.
Check out your competition. Notice I didn’t say copy your competition. You are different, so choose a different design. Can you incorporate certain similar elements like your competition’s website? Sure. But if you want to innovate, you gotta design. That goes for logo design too.
Oh wait, I never had it in the first place. So can I just call Google and ask them to send it over to me? That seems to be the impression one client had of us recently. Yeah, Graphic Zen and Google, we’re like this. Seriously….and all sarcastic snarkiness aside, that was an actual request of a client recently after we’d done some web design for them. They wanted a higher search engine ranking and suggested we “Just call Google and ask them.” I had to explain that just as they would not give out their company secrets, Google is not about to reveal theirs to anyone, let alone a great Boise web design company like us. Maybe someday Google’s formula will get out, just as the secret formula of Coca Cola is now out, but probably not before we catch Bigfoot and discover life on another planet. Now back to your regularly scheduled logo design channel.
Graphic Zen would like to welcome Richard “Chad” Villapando to our development team. Chad is a talented and experienced website coder and will be one of the lead developers for our web division. He’s developed a wide range of websites using HMTL, CSS and WordPress including sites for start up companies and small businesses. Chad also specializes in designing graphics with Photoshop and User Interface coding with CSS/ HTML for website development projects.
Chad also brings some experience in flash animation, domain name registration, webhost management, Joomla, Dreamweaver and search engine optimization.