Most web designers are not craftsmen so they build websites by leveraging plugins. This works for a few clients who have totally standard needs, but not for all. We are firm believers that every website should be crafted to the exact needs of the client. No one wants their business problems solved with a plugin that doesn't quite fit (like a bad pair of shoes). So we work with every client to examine their business needs and to solve their problem with a custom solution that meets their needs perfectly.
We are a group of dedicated web developers who are first programmers and database professionals and second designers. We can do good design - this site is an example of our design ethic - but we prefer working with A-list designers to make our clients insanely happy. We do work with a few select clients directly but mostly prefer to white label our services to top shelf designers. The major exception is business software clients where a significant design effort is not needed.
The Stanislaus Business Alliance, our local economic development corporation, was going through huge changes and a rebranding at the same time. The local design house that had been promising them a website for a year had not made significant progress on the project. In desperation they came to us asking if we could deliver a solid website in two months. We told them no, instead we agreed to deliver them a world class website in two months.
The Problem: A world class website does not happen in a two month time frame without some heavy collaboration.
Our Solution: We like working with designers on large projects, it allows us to do what we do best, build websites. So we called on Gerbo Designs and asked them to take over the design and management of this project.
Execution: We have worked with Gerbo Designs on several projects and the client was also highly motivated so things moved along like a well oiled machine. This website had a lot of highly custom pieces and we began working down the list. We needed everything to run smoothly to make our projected deadlines and it did.
Results: The client moved the launch date back about a week but we were done with our parts in time for the original launch date. Both the client and we are super excited about this site. This is a truly one of a kind website and world class for sure.
Shagaan is a crowdfunding site for giving gifts at the times of major lifes events. This is a tradition, called Shagaan, in the Indian culture. This site weds the deep traditions of the East Indian culture with a very modern website. We were very proud to have been chosen to build this site.
The Problem: Crowdfunding is a very current trend for financial sites. This allows anyone with a bank account to sign up to receive funds from their friends and family. The technology required to do this is still fairly young so when Heather and Kirin approached us to do a site like this for Indian life events we had to do some research first.
Our Solution: We have aways said, "if you can dream it we can build it.", and so it was. The tools were available so we went for it and the results speak for themselves. We brought in outside beta testers to make sure the site was rock solid and it is. It was very exciting to launch a website this complex and deep.
We also needed the site to look amazing so we worked with Sally at Gerbo Designs to give the site it's distinctive look. We continue to love her work and love working with her. She is a superb craftswoman and becoming a good friend.
The Results: The team at Shagaan is beginning their marketing efforts now and we are looking forward to watching the success of Shagaan.com from our front row seats. It is wonderful to be involved in successful ventures like this.
Marpé is competing in a very unique and fast paced space. Accounting for startup companies. The owner Glenn is a man of deep character and convictions and had a strong view for what his website should be... and their old website was nothing like that vision. They came to us and we built them a website that lets them punch way above their weight. Competing with the big boys in their own backyard.
The Problem: Marpé Finance was a smaller player in the highly competitive market space of startup accounting. They needed a website that would not hold them back but that would instead allow them to "punch above their weight". They also needed a website that would allow them to talk about some of their larger clients and amazing staff. Their old website had been built by the founder of the firm, did not match their style, did not have the features they needed, and was beginning to hurt them on some larger deals.
Our Solution: Marpé had already worked with a top designer to develop a logo and a corporate feel, so our plan was to parlay that design from print documents into a we design. We also needed to build out custom variations of our team and client plugins.
Execution: Some things are easier said than done. We hit a few bumps in the road on pulling the design from print media into the web. They are very different mediums with different limitations. But with some creative thought and hard work we were able to execute a design that matched their print presence and that satisfied the client. Building out the features was much easier.
Surprise: Near the end of the project the client was invited to present his company during a startup competition at UC Berkley. This was unexpected but we were able to pull out all of the stops and get the website up on time for the event.
Results: The client loves the new website and it is no longer standing in his way in landing deals, on the contrary his new website gives him a competitive advantage. They are certainly punching above their weight now.
Mighty tree movers is a business that invites you to "move it, don't lose it." But their old website needs to be told to get lost. We are finishing up the final touches on this website right now, but couldn't wait to show you the results. We moved mountains to make this tree mover website grow on their customers. We especially like the "side scrolling" projects page. Very user friendly if we can say so ourselves.