Cloning one style fits all, impersonal clipart, generic superlatives: features all indicative of sites which fail to capture the essence of an organization or business seeking to communicate a personal message setting it apart from its peers or competition.
Our clients are our design partners. Their sites reflect uniquely who they are.
Following is a sampling of sites: current, past, proposed, and work in progress. We support Facebook and Twitter postings integration. We test our web solutions on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome (Windows) and Firefox and Chrome on Android. CSS support is required.
The challenge and reward of working with non-profits and small businesses in particular is that there is no guarantee of a long-term business relationship. But we also get to know our clients far better than when developing for a large corporate environment where we need to please a committee. There is no deeper satisfaction than when a small business owner or non-profit chairperson smiles and says "Perfect!"
Before & After
Neverending Neon, Toms River, NJ
Commercial and artistic residential neon signage
We refreshed an existing web site: upgraded content with improved graphics and Wikipedia links, added high resolution product and artwork images, and restructured it to be mobile friendly.
The same source page services both desktop/laptop and mobile.
Also, a lesson in domain names: neverendingneon.com expired, was not renewed in time, then registered by someone looking for a quick profit, offering to sell it back for $899. After the business owner registered neverendingneon.biz, the extortionist allowed neverendingneon.com to expire, upon which it was vacuumed up by Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co. Ltd. in China. The domain now redirects to the Baobo Sports EU Soccer Cup live broadcast and official designated sports betting platform site (as of July, 2021). An object lesson: Never let your domain name lapse! The vultures are circling!
Please note that archival sites were not designed with smart phones in mind.
Baltic concert performance choir, includes Facebook integration
Most recently we did our third redesign. We replaced images with styles, added mobile support, and upgraded audio replay using HTML5 <audio> tags. We first launched the site in 2001.
Playa Del Rey, CA
Authentic French bistro, our first commercial customer (2002)
We also updated their menu weekly. We've replaced the original Dreamweaver with CSS styles in our archival copy. Bistro du Soleil's proprietors have since retired to France.
"Short-order" web site promoting business forum
We only had a few days to design, sign off, and build. The Small Business Administration hosted an economic recovery forum in March, 2009. Our archival copy includes the update afterwards thanking all participants.
Political and social issues advocacy site launched in 2017.
Features Twitter and Wikipedia content integration and blog-organized article content. We support and encourage honest fact-based expressions of differing political opinion regardless or our own position on specific issues, and have designed and hosted sites espousing views with which we personally diagree.
Rebranded sample web site
This is a re-branded archival copy of a site we originally developed in 2009. We named it the ''Firenze'' Day Spa—to avoid confusing Google and current customers, since the actual spa has since had their site redeveloped to be ''responsive'', aka screen-filling images on regular computer screen. We continue to believe there is a happy medium of web-delivered content presentation that is friendly to all display devices.
re-branded archival copy
Fine Asian dining
Before we became "Chicago and New York", a regularly-frequented destination for fine Thai dining.
A new but different "Thai House" has since opened in Millburn. We can tell because our client-owner wanted classic, not "Thai-looking," lettering.
A very early sample created for a small Chicago-based sole parent networking group. Unrelated to the "Single Parent Network" currently found at makinglemonade.com