Millennium Consulting, Inc. is a company in New England that provides technology experts for specific projects or recruits for specialized positions. Most of their work is in New England (Boston and Providence) but they also have a branch in Puerto Rico providing the same service. My role on this project was to identify ways to present key content to assist in on going update of the site. Along with that was developing a new direction for the businesses visual brand. The design of the website has led to more projects that use the same visual vocabulary. Creating strong consistency when addressing various corporations. Since the launch, the traffic to the site has doubled in 3 months. A primary goal they wanted to achieve within 6 months.
The first phase of this project continues to be a huge success. They traffic to the site has jumped astronomically and is becoming an important community resource on preservation. This second part was created in part to eliminate a secondary website used by the Landmark Society to sell books, maps and prints. The additional value of bring an E-Commerce section to the main site was to keep all management under one dashboard, create continuity visually and add the ability to sell tickets and memberships. The launch of the E-commerce has completed the established tasks that we set out to achieve.
Working with the Landmark Society continues to be wonderful. They come naturally to the appreciation of thoughtful, well-executed design solutions.
It has been a great pleasure to work with Wayne Goodman and team at the Landmark Society of Western New York on developing a comprehensive solution to update their website. This is a custom solution developing a WordPress theme with many additional functions to sell memberships, tickets and products. Along with an event calendar to manage all the events for this non-profit organization.
We also worked hard optimizing the site and linking it to the “cloud” to serve up information faster to it’s visitors.
See the website here: Landmark Society of Western New York
This year the Good Food Collective wanted to re-skin the WordPress site with these goals in mind:
1. Stay Contemporary, not make a conventional farm/food site
2. Think Universal for future year brand updates
3. Fun Typography
4. Focus on Usability
Chris Hartman thinks I nailed it. The result is a consistent, functional site that confirms the GFC brand of a contemporary model for a local food system. The other component of the project is the posters and post cards. Soon to appear here and around Rochester.
A small and exciting 4 page website for Meridian Capital Corporation. The site uses typographic style and brand colors for a unique group providing funding for small businesses. The project includes the addition of a 60 second time based movie to introduce the visitor to the groups brand messaging. The site is a WordPress theme to allow the client to update their own content if they decide to do so in the future. View the website with this link: http://www.meridiancapitalcorporation.com
Each year we evolve the GFC materials. This year we choose a stock photo image to use in the header. Which also translated into the printed promotional material. We use WordPress to manage all the content. It includes a series of plugins for contact forms and eCommerce. Visit the site at: http://www.thegoodfoodcollective.com
This is the first project that I worked on with Laura Kammermeier of Honeoye Falls business, Birds, Words and Websites. Mydarndest was contracted to consult, design and program a new website for Seneca White Deer, Inc. This site includes lots of content developed by Laura about the White Deer and the Seneca Army Depot. On this side of the project, we worked out developing a donation and membership system using Cforms plugin. Including the use of the plugins auto-replies to help with the process. It also includes the ability of making online purchases using WP e-Commerce Plug-in. The core structure of the web site was created using the Thesis theme per request of client.
The project is a solid use of WordPress and its available plug-ins to help this small non-profit. We can report that within 4 hours of launching the web site there were 2 requests for membership!
One accomplishment during my term as president of AIGA Upstate New York was to re-establish new methods of communication using the internet. Along with Debi Bower, Web Chair, I designed and assisted with the re-skinning the web site. The back-end of the site is provided by AIGA and each chapter has the ability to change it to appropriately brand it to their chapter.
One important addition to the web site is the rotating banners showcasing work from our members. It is inspired by the AIGA.ORG web site which includes images from the AIGA Archives.
It is said that you need to create a “niche” market for your business, something that I do a lot of and enjoy every minute of it is creating web site portfolios for artists. I have a great network of artist friends, most of these are glass artists. Since I am married to one, the ability to have access to them is easy, they are all top notch people and the work they make is absolutely brilliant.
This time I was able to work with world renowned glass casting artist, Anna Boothe. Anna came to me for some updates on a static web site that was cumbersome to edit. I proposed to her a solution that would allow her to update her own imagery, resume and news. That sold her on the idea to graduate to the next level of web technology to improve her self marketing and ability to keep her fans informed of new work and upcoming casting workshops. It was a great joy working with Anna. Next, we have to get a site for her husband Steve!
We were able to solve the functional problems of the previous web site and keep within her budget by capitalizing on previous experience building these types of web sites using WordPress. This theme is a custom WordPress theme that allows a unique design for this project.
This site is a composite of technologies. The core of it is a WordPress CMS that allows editing to much of the content on the web site. There is a little bit of Adobe Flash to create simple transitions in the banners. The photo galleries are created with the wordpress plug-in: NextGen Gallery in the CMS. The images appear as “pop-ups” from the gallery that include a slideshow from a technology called “Lightview” using the Lightview Plus Plug-in.
The other thing that was mentioned for future additions to the web site would be ability to add an eCommerce section. WordPress will provide us with the opportunity to do this quite easily. It will be added with WP e-Commerce plugin.
If you are an artist and would like to build a web site that you can manage, contact me!
It is always nice to work with an artist who is interested in keeping it simple and letting there work shine. The work of Drew Smith is a smart combination of glass, metal and whatever else he finds appropriate to complete his pieces.
Even on a low budget, WILLY BE GOOD uses available technology that will assist in establishing a rapid web presence and allow the artist to communicate with his visitors through news updates. The site is HTML/CSS with a WordPress CMS.
I love keeping it simple.