Just ASK…

This month we have been busy working to re-vamp the ASK Piearcey website. The company are consultants specialising in Air Pollution Control. Their current site was a little dated and suffered from regular breaches in security and was often been hacked.

ASK Piearcey Logo

ASK Piearcey Logo

The new brand identity and newly designed and developed site now mean that the ASK Piearcey can continue in their business growth and continue to succeed.

www.askpiearcey.co.uk

ASK Piearcey Website

ASK Piearcey Website

Excel-in-life

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Liam Richards, from Strike, is setting up a martial arts training academy here in Sheffield. design101 have designed and built a website which will allow Liam to promote the academy, showcase students progress and to build up an ‘excel‘lent reputation for Excel Academy.

The site has proved very popular and allows for training sessions and programmes to be showcased.

www.excel-in-life.com

Excel-In-Life Excel Academy

Excel-In-Life Excel Academy

Enjoying the Aftermath

The world of live action role-play (LARP) has invaded the office for our latest client, Aftermath.

They require a re-vamp of their logo and a CMS site to allow for events, the history of Aftermath and the rules to be available online.

The designs include a new brand identity and a website which helps promote the atmosphere of the city of Af’ael and the battles between races.

Aftermath Logo

Aftermath Logo

www.aftermath-lrp.org.uk

Aftermath Website

Aftermath Website

Eye-Tech

It’s been great working on a new brand identity and website for the high-tech telescope company called AstroScienTech.

The company is based in Rotherham are designers and manufactures of Dew Heaters for telescopes.

AstroScienTech Website

AstroScienTech Website

The company use a revolutionary technique for their product and were therefore looking for an eye-catching and technical feel for their new brand and website.

www.astroscientech.co.uk/

Cost v Quality V Speed

This may well be an old saying, but after this week it’s one that seems particularly poignant to the design industry.

If it’s Good and Cheap it will not be Quick

If it’s Cheap and Quick it will not be Good

and

If it’s Fast and Good it will not be cheap

Perhaps we need to make our new mission statement

If it’s Fast, Excellent Value and Good it must have been done by design101…

Just how much should a website cost?

News of another poor soul who has paid ‘someone’ and extortionate amount of money to build them a website and yet again ended up with an unusable, poorly designed site that uses an ‘off the shelf’ CMS system has made the headlines in Sheffield again.

The real issue is that many agencies don’t publicise their fees, or costs for building sites, to allow them to charge the client ‘what they can afford’ rather than what it should cost. This means that the less savvy, technically bereft of clients, can be hoodwinked and convinced that the site they want is going to cost a not unsubstantial fortune.

We think this is wrong and it makes us angry that there are agencies out there taking advantage of clients and over charging them for functionality that they don’t want or need.

A professional web design agency (like design101) will…

1)     Be able to guide, support, advise and direct you and will be open to discuss the development time and costs for each element of the site.

2)     Demonstrate sites that they have built before and show you how your site will function and perform.

3)     Show you a list of satisfied customers who have benefited from their sites and statistics to back up improvements in traffic and sales.

4)     Quote a fixed price for project rather than an estimate of time to be taken and a cost per hour. Beware of hourly rates unless the total is capped or a monthly payment is agreed, as it is possible for the number of hours to be pumped to inflate the overall final cost above the initial quote.

A well designed, carefully built website should offer an investment return of between 100 – 400% in its first year depending on the size of the initial investment.

If you want your business to have a web presence which delivers effective results, have a look around our site: www.design101.co.uk, say hello by email or give us a call on 01709 300265.

We can help your business grow.

 

Static HTML or CMS?

Do the benefits of flexible and updatable content out weigh the cons of allowing clients to ‘fiddle’ with your prized website design?

NO! After many years of designing CMS based websites I find it hearbreaking to see once treasured and carefully constructed designs ruined when clients decides that some new important information needs adding to the home page and choose to use 76point pink text!

The solution – at design101 we have spent years developing a CMS system that gives the client all the flexibility they need to update and maintan their site – yet ensures that the design integrity of the interface and content pages is retained. The CMS stsyem allows in context editing, so you can see what effects your new content has on the actual page without the need to preview the page.

In this blog I will keep you posted of all the new elements and features of the design101 CMS…