Found this great logo design guide for hipsters alike. We love it!
Found this great logo design guide for hipsters alike. We love it!
Graphic designer and illustrator David Schwen relates Pantone paint chips to well-known food pairings.
As a previous Young Enterprise Scheme student, our creative director Brady Dyer wanted to provide assistance to students who are taking part in Young Enterprise.
All companies, both real-world and YES, need a web presence to help sell their products & services. So we’ve put together everything a YES company could need to kickstart their web engagement.
Web Boutique will supply:
The normal cost for just the domain name and 12 months hosting is $275 + the extra costs of setting up and installing the website.
We’re offering this to YES students for just $120+GST.
If you would like to take up this offer, please contact us and mention you’re a YES company.
If you need any photography work of your product, we suggest you get in touch with Brady Dyer Photography.
This delicately designed masterpiece was put together by Wellington designer Lauren Earl. As designers ourself we love to appreciate good design, and Lauren’s hard-covered book looks amazing from cover to cover. Packed with hand drawn illustrations and stylish use of typography sure played with our heart strings.
Lauren tells us how the book came about. “Currently, information on the topic of flatting provides very limited answers or guidance to better prepare first time flatters, or to help overcoming situations which may arise in this environment. The ‘Flathates Handbook’ provides a detailed, yet creative and captive, option to fill this gap of information. Through discussions with experienced flatters, the book has been developed to share real life situations and scenarios making the content more relatable to its readers. It uses humour and unpredictability to ensure one is more prepared for flatting and to enhance their overall flatting experience.”
Make sure you check out more of Lauren’s amazing work.
Flight Coffee just shared a sneak peak of their new business cards. Boy do we love ’em! Must point out we didn’t actually make these for them, but we did make these awesome cards for Brady Dyer Photography – and there’s no reason why we can’t come up with something as equality as creative for you. So get in touch, let’s make some sparks fly and work up some magic.
Well it was always on the cards. 12 months ago Google changed their sign up page for Google Apps which made it a lot hard to sign up for the free version.
Today they announced that new customers will no longer be able to sign up for that version anymore.
For those that don’t know, Google Apps provides a suite of tools for businesses, mainly being Gmail – a web based email client.
This is bad news for our new customers, as we’ve previously used Google Apps as it’s a solid platform for email delivery.
From today onwards you will only be able to sign up to Google Apps for business which is $5/month or $50/year per user. This might seem like a bit when you’re comparing it to free. But when you compare that to hosting your own email server, it works out a lot cheaper!
Users will enjoy 25GB inbox, 99.9% up time, unlimited users, plus a wrath of other tools.
Google has released this awesome animated webpage to show you just how much it costs for you, and what’s included.
So the designs have been finished for a while, the HTML code is in place. Everything looks the part. But there’s always a few little things that are often forgotten when it comes to finished off a website.
So we’ve put together this wee checklist to ensure those last little minor things are all checked off. We figured if we wrote this list publicly all our clients could sleep knowing they’ve all been done to their websites.
Favicon’s are the little icons displayed next to the tab in your browser, also if the page is ever saved in your bookmarks.
In my eyes google analytics is almost a better tool than their search engine. And, it’s free! We use Google Analytics for measuring stats on all our clients websites. It’s the go-to, who’s-who of statistics! Everything from how your users ended up on your website, why they left, what page they landed on, where in the world they are from, right down to the size of their computer monitor and type of operating system they’re running!
There’s nothing worse than sharing a page on Facebook and it not displaying a nice preview image, or worse displaying a long skinny one or something on your page that has no relevance to your website.
This is bad.
This is good.
Probably worth mentioning at this stage about Facebook’s Delinter Tool. It allows you to refresh the cache that it has on your website, allowing you to make sure that everyone sharing your page shares the same awesomeness above.
Often with the case of revamping an old website, there will be a lot of dead links out there that people will click on trying to access your website. It’s important to have a good 404 page, that helps push them in the right direction. A 404 error page is the page displayed when someone visits a page that does not exist on your website. If yourdomain.com/this-page/ used to be there on the old website, but no longer exists, it’s this 404 error page they will see. If people visit a dead link, and nothing is shown (which is often the norm) they will quickly click the close button vowing never to return. If you have a page that tells them that the page no longer exists, they’re much more likely to stay.
Get someone external to the company and design monkeys (read: us) to check through the website for spelling, and any basic errors you’ve overlooked.
EDIT: After re-reading this post, I spotted a spelling mistake in this paragraph. Should have listened to our own rules!
Often overlooked, but one final check through all your pages to ensure they’ve got a specific title and description for search engines is very important for rankings.
Of course this list could go on. For us, these are the top 6 we have forgotten about in the past, so this list is both for us, and for you. Enjoy!
It’s a question we get asked quite a bit. We use Google Apps for our email hosting for clients, so when they’ve got their fancy new emailaddress@theirdomain the first question they ask is “What about all my old emails?”
Never fear! It’s quite simple to move your old inbox over to your new. However, before we get into the specific steps it’s worth asking do you want all your old emails moved over? Some love the idea of a clean start, and if you’re using a free email account (xtra, gmail, hotmail etc) you will still be able to access your old account. Some clients like to embrace the cleanliness of their new account, and manually forward over important emails.
So basically you’ve got three options:
So how do you do each? Lets start easy.
Congratulations! You’ve already completely all the steps for this option. But seriously. Your emails aren’t linked and you have two separate accounts for two separate email addresses. Nice and clean. It might be worth sending an email out to all your regular emailers informing them of your new email address, and periodically check your old account for important emails. It’s a great way to weed out all those annoying newsletters you’ve signed up to over the years.
This one is probably the most common. You’ll want to follow the steps below if you want to copy over your old inbox into your new.
The steps for this are pretty straight forward. Log in to your old inbox, and look in the settings for a ‘forwarding’ option. Type in your new email address, and all emails that get sent to your old account from now on will get forwarded through like magic. Once you’ve set that up in your old account, we’d strongly suggest clicking on ‘filters’ in your new email account, and adding a new filter for all mail received from your old account, to apply a label along the lines of “Old account”. Like step 6 above, you’ll be able to keep an eye on what email in your inbox is being received from your old account, and slowly ween yourself off it.
Don’t worry, that’s what that magic ‘contact us’ button at the top of the page is for. Get in touch and we’ll make all your headaches go away, give you a killer hi5, and a warm chocolate drink to sooth the pain.