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We pride ourselves in producing stylish, easy-to-use sites for a wide range of applications, from online shops for craft makers such as Flat Rabbit Ceramics and Jennifer Pink Designs to business sites such as Accend and leisure sites such as MTB East Scotland.
The Flat Rabbit Ceramics site we made for ceramicist Cairnie Le Cornu consists of a welcoming and personal introductory home page, with a discreet link to an online shop. Cairnie already had her own graphics and font-choices, which we took and fashioned into a complementary look for the website. The online shop is themed the same as the home page, for a fully-integrated 'hand-made crafts' feel rather than the hi-tech look that many online stores have. As Cairnie constantly has her hands full with toddler twins, and had limited computer experience, we set things up to be as easy as possble for her to upload photos and manage her stock and sales, and even visited her home to set things up on her computer and show her the ropes. Now she is confidently running her own small online business, something that she wasn't sure would be possible until she spoke to us.
Businesswoman and consultant Rhona Pringle found that the current trend of shifting work from public to private sector posed some challenges but also opened up opportunities for her to set up her own business. A website is, of course, one of the first things on the list of anyone who wants to establish credibility for a fledgling business.
We were able to oblige with a professional informational website for her business, setting Rhona up to compete on equal terms with more established organisations. Part of this process was to help develop a logo and company branding to give just the impression she wanted to achieve. We provided dozens of possibilities for her to review and select from, and then adjusted things further to her precise requirements. We even sorted out business cards and company stationery too!
When Pete Cunningham was made redundant, it provided a perfect opportunity for her to turn her hobby into a business. She loves to make clothes, bags and a variety of other textiles, and also loves to teach others to do the same.
She was very keen to establish an interactive relationship wth her customers, so in addition to an online shop, a blog was very important to her, and a place to put news and information about her activities.
We integrated a blog site with an online shop, and created a very attractive and friendly look and feel appropriate to a textile design site, making something that Pete manages herself with no special computer knowledge. Now she can chat to her customers and sell her fantastic products to the world, and hand out business cards that match her website.
This site is one of Chris's own personal ones. He has a big collection of photographs from his mountain biking trips in the Scottish hills, so when Ordnance Survey made their maps available online for free, it was too good an opportunity to miss. This site is very visual, and allows people to interact with the maps and pan and zoom to investigate the routes.
Sharing a hobby with the world is great fun - why not use your knowledge to connect with the online community to make new contacts with similar interests?