logo + website design: Gumnut Kindergarten

Blog, Branding, Web

We’ve been working on a website for the friendliest kindergarten/preschool on the Northern Beaches, Gumnnut Kindergarten, for a little while now, and it’s all ready to go.

I went to visit them in the early stages of the project and it really is lovely happy place – just like a family. They have places available now! 

It’s a WordPress managed site, with all the content updateable in a simple backend format. The header image changes dynamically and the site includes real photos of their facilities and natural surrounds. We used some funky Google WebFonts to mix it up a bit and add that cutesy kid touch to the whole thing.

New Logo for Gumnut KindergartenI also developed a more web-friendly logo for them, keeping the central ideas and message of their existing logo. (You know what? Gumtree leaves are actually quite hard to draw and represent. Gumnuts with blossoms are even harder!)The kindergarten wanted to maintain their links to the church in their logo tagline and also in the design of the website. We used a ‘bookmark’ symbol to link back to the church website, as well as a quote from the Bible in their logo.

Our client says:

Thank you for the work you have put into it, it looks
fantastic, very welcoming and the message is very clear.

Technically, developing the site structure was a challenge – to develop an architecture for their information from the ground up and make it clear for a new visitor where to find the information they need. We made sure that the structure and content included was clear from the outset, and the client understood what to do next.

We integrated it into our favourite CMS, WordPress, to make a website that has easily updateable links, content and downloads. They are easily able to change application forms or policies online, and make changes to photos and other admin details as changes happen.

We even gave them a user guide to make it super simple to maintain. This will mitigate future costs of needing to pay a web developer money to make small administrative changes, which from a small business perspective is one of the biggest selling points for investing the extra money in having a website with a CMS (content management system).

Interested in knowing more? James Kirsop and I make websites, and we’d love to make one for you. 

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branding: Brush With Destiny Studios

Branding, Print, Web

Recently helped a friend launch a small business as a miniature painter in Sydney, called ‘Brush with Destiny Studios‘. It’s kindof a niche market, giving me the chance to really have fun and design something a bit quirky.

The logo has a slight coat-of-arms feel to it, using elements of both the Warhammer and fantasy miniatures that Douglas Taylor paints, and also incorporates some painting imagery as well.

I haven’t personally seen the printed business cards yet but I’ll add a photo as soon as I get a sample.

The client was after a low cost, low maintenance website and was prepared to do a fair bit of the work himself of maintaining  content and figuring out how to use the CMS, so we went with a Hover URL forwarded to a WordPress blog, using the Structure theme and I added a few template posts to illustrate the potential.

So far its a roaring success! The new website had over a four hundred pageviews this week and the client has had a lot of good feedback on the business cards, which he plans to place in hobby shops and Games Workshop outlets around Sydney.

website design: Petcare

Blog, Web

Petcare Website

We recently completed and pushed live the new Petcare website, which has been a work in progress for some time. Built off a WordPress backend so as to be completely client friendly and absolutely updateable forever, we created a custom theme that works off the existing branding of the client. Completely hand coded and one-of-a-kind. Our client doesn’t have to worry about looking like a template, or using generic stock imagery, because their website doesn’t.

Of course, don’t just take it from me. What does our client say, more importantly?

“I am very happy with your work and I am also happy that I found you. I get a buzz out of young talent with a caring professional attitude.”

See below for more images, or visit the website and see for yourself.

Clear information design and some restructuring of content means the wesbsite is optimised and easily understandable. Across the site, design is consistent and custom for Petcare; boutique, just like the client.

Clear information design