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Our only travel agent in town called us in to build a website for them.
The personal side of their story is that I walk past their shop nearly every day during my post office run – and they didn’t know this until I went in and met them! We regularly stop and chat on my way past, or at the least send a wave their way. I definitely love working in a small town where you always know someone nearby – I can never visit the shops without running into at least one person I know, usually more.
On the “nuts and bolts” side of this project: Somerville Travel’s existing website was designed many years ago and they weren’t able to update it themselves. They have specials they want to promote regularly, so we set up a range of easy to edit boxes on their home page for this purpose. They also receive awe-inspiring photos they like to share of the destinations they can book, so we made sure to feature those too.
Charts and graphs are used in nearly every report, both professionally designed or created in-house. To make life easier, programs like Excel offer pre-made graph designs – but are they exciting to look at? Barely.
Then there’s the moment of designing a report, and are provided Excel graphs to put into said report – do they match the rest of the client’s brand? Usually not.
The thing is: charts and graphs don’t have to look boring or flat, there are some nifty things we can do when it comes to design!
The first thing we look at is the information being conveyed – is the type of graph desired the right type for presenting the statistics (eg. bar graph, pie chart, table, etc)? Sometimes a different type of graph or chart makes the information easier to follow.
The second thing is we aim to make the style of the chart or graph match the client’s branding. If it doesn’t look like it belongs to your business, it will stick out like a sore thumb in your publication.
The third thing we look at is making it unique. If it’s relevant, sometimes a bit of a twist in the design can make a boring chart brighten up a page. The more intriguing a chart looks, the more likely a reader is to stop and read it, rather than just flick past.
Next time you’re doing a report, go back and review your graphs and charts, and treat them like their own images – you will be amazed at the difference a little bit of extra time on them can make.
For this Christmas, we designed the posters and information packs for Peppers Moonah Links’ Christmas functions. It was a different Christmas brief to the usual Santa/baubles/Christmas tree – instead, the goal was to find something food-related, and something in festive colours, while still matching their brand and photography guidelines.
Logo design for Station House Brew Co – a local brewery on the Mornington Peninsula!
The Winey Cow in Mornington has their Christmas event coming up next week, and asked us to design the posters and flyers to promote the evening. The dishes on the menu look amaaaaazing. If you’re able to get to Mornington, I’d highly recommend going.
Other recent Summer work for The Winey Cow includes their “Sunday Sippers” menu, where they are staying open extended hours on Sunday afternoons/evenings with a special menu and live music. Sounds perfect for a sunny and warm afternoon.
Safecom came to us looking for an updated logo; we made small changes to the colours, which made a big difference in the whole feel of their first impression. Further work has included a business card and a website.
Sean and Danni came to us with an existing logo that was very corporate, but they felt it didn’t fit their friendly, casual and journalistic style of photography. Added a little bit of gold for a touch of sparkle!
Edwina is a Melbourne interior architect, who needed a folio website for her projects. A simple layout with soft colours was used to accentuate the photos, so her work is the focus.
Jade Leonard has created her own music scholarship to help VCE students with their studies. We designed the poster as well as the online application form for this lovely gesture to the youth in Victoria’s music industry.
We help a lot of local tradies on the Mornington Peninsula get online – and Bremstead Joinery are one of those businesses. They build custom cabinetry for kitchens and homes, and needed somewhere easy to send potential clients to have a look at past projects they have completed – so we built their website for this function.