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URL: Relax & Rejuvenate

Asheville Website Design Sample by IRISHGUY Design Studio
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Relax & Rejuvenate arrived with an out-of-date WordPress site. The theme was too old to update. And the WordPress installation had long expired (and failed all attempts to upgrade). We also streamlined the Hosting and Domain management. Transferring our clients to a Fast Forward Hosting account is essential to the website performance and security.

SEO Services / Design

Getting to know your customer’s customers is the most important aspect of creating a website.

  • Who is the end user?
  • Are they local?
  • Are they repeat customers?
  • What is their online experience?

Just a few of the questions. What we quickly discovered.

  • Local Repeat Customers had no need for the website.
  • Tourists relied on the site.
  • Google Maps had multiple lists.

Website Design Consideration

WordPress is a suitable platform for most everyone. With a carefully configured Theme. And optimized content.

Being user-friendly is the most important consideration for all websites.

For this site, we had reported that most all of the traffic and conversions are from people traveling. We knew it was important to provide a website that will load onto mobile devices quickly.

Providing the end user with a strong call to action – CALL US TO BOOK. Is the most important function. With Directions being the second action.

Website Booking System

Adding a booking system to your website is a HUGE deal. For the end-user, your customer. Visitors can book their appointment online at any time and from anywhere. For the website, we kept the booking system very simple. Most customers when asked said they liked the ability to pay online so that they could focus on their spa experience.

Google My Business & Google Maps

Google My Business Asheville SpaThere is no getting away from Google My Business. Google Map had populated the Asheville business in four different locations. At one point the only correct location was published as “Permanently closed.” We claimed all of the lose Google My Business listings. Tracked down all the different variations of the address that were online.

With the information on Google corrected. Fewer customers reported having difficulties locating the spa.

 

WEBSITE REDESIGN Interior Design

Asheville Website Redesign

URL greesonandfast.com

Greeson & Fast were ready for a website redesign. The theme selection was a basic Hero slideshow with a simple grid system layout. The client liked the user-friendly experience on their previous website design.

Accordion Navigation for Content

Using an accordion system to display content provides the right look for the website. The design objective – clean and fresh. The clients interior design work does speak for itself. In the Portfolio Session, there are no words; the entire page is a wall of beautiful photos. I strongly recommended keyword conscience content on the other pages. The design that we arrived at was to use an accordion navigation system. Search Engines can easily rank the page content – and the end user can request to see as much or as little of the written content.

Accordion Content WordPress Website

 

Asheville Website Redesign

Asheville Web Design Sample
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WEB DESIGN Sweet Carolina Labradoodles

Asheville Web Site Design

Minimalistic Website Design

Website Design - Striking the Right Balance.

The best web designers have the talent and experience to create the right balance between graphic design and technology. Website design technologies have come a long way. In the early 1980's Edward Tufte said that informational design needs to be minimalism to be understood. Last year, web technology and design concepts caught up with visual communications century old standards and perceptions.

Today's world engage with online content differently than before. We measure a person's attention span in seconds. We rate 3-seconds to load a home page as slow. We know experienced online users reject superfluous content as meaningless and distracting. Web users know what they want.

Web Site Features

  • Blog.
  • Online Payment.
  • Online Forms. 
  • Slideshow. 
  • Gallery.
  • Newsletter.
  • Countdown Clock. 

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Less-Is-More have a Focal Point.

For the Sweet Carolina Labradoodles (SCL) website design project - we began with the end user in mind. With the graphic design approach of Less-is-More. With any internet site, it is important not to overwhelm your audience. Creating a primary focal point is essential.

For Sweet Carolina Labradoodles the focus on the homepage is the dogs. Nothing more, and nothing less. The right amount of information is on the homepage. The audience is welcomed to the website and embraced with the strong brand colors for Sweet Carolina Labradoodle. 

Sidebar Features

On the sidebar is the "Countdown Clock." for the new arrivals of puppies. The sidebar also includes quick links to the bio pages and recent blog posts. The SCL website design holds true to essential elements of graphic design.

Establish your Brand

The logo and brand color are clearly stated and instantly understood. The Brand secured without distracting or overshadowing the doggie photos.

Layer Information

Successful modern web design can be highly intricate. For SCL the design involved a layered approach. Presenting information and functions to the end user as they needed them. For the first time visitor to the site, there are the large photos and links to each's dog's bio. There is more information available for someone research adopting a dog. As well as an adoption application for website visitors who wishes to begin the adoption process.

 

Have More Information Available

Have information to discover for users who wish to dig deeper. 

As well as more details. Have functions for users who want to engage. When your audience needs to participate with you - make it easy. 

For Sweet Carolina Labradoodles we made the online process seamless, cost-effective, and straightforward to complete.

 

 

Google Forms

Custom Google Forms were created and installed into the website. The Forms are an ideal method to collect user information. While there are many other online form solutions - Google Forms is a cost-effective way to gather base information.

 

Point-of-Sale

Yes, even small websites now need Point-of-Sales functions. Depending on the transaction type and amount their as many online payment solutions. For SCL keeping the payment system as easy to use was paramount. PayPal has secure payment tools that integrate well into a WordPress website. Paypal payment options are quite basic and well suited to easy money transactions. None of the money transactions for the SCL website are complicated. Paypal is also an excellent starting point for any internet site. The setup fees are minimal, with most of the expense generated after the transaction.

 

BRANDING: Small Business Package

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Asheville Business Card Design

Asheville Business Card Design by Gary CrosseyAsheville Business Card Design can mean one of two things. A business card that is designed without a brand.

The Hands on Health Asheville Branding Project included a range of graphic design services. I worked with the Asheville startup to develop a strong logo design package.

Due to the nature of the business model – and the over saturation in the Asheville market. It was important to create a design that was different – while still having a local appeal.

Branding Development and Logo Design. 

Doing the graphic design for the business card samples had many firm visual guidelines that were easy to follow and adopt a strong visual design.

I have said it before – creating a business card is often the first that your graphic designer can test the guidelines of your Branding Package.

Asheville Branding, Logo Design, and Business Card

 

Improve your Asheville Business

Asheville is very much a word-of-mouth small town. You are as likely to run into more people are the local grocery store, than at a nightclub. The upside to this is that Asheville grocery stores are quite common and happening places. Often with free internet and awesome coffee.

Due to the clients word-of-mouth appeal, I created the appointment card on the back of the business card – making it easy to secure follow-up appointments.

The client said that the scheduling feature was a great success – often while buying groceries.

Other Graphic Design Projects

  • Logo Design.
  • Outdoor Signage.
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Outdoor Signage

Website Design and Development Projects

Other aspects of the project included website repair and custom programming for the company website.

The company website was on a limited service hosting plan. While the templates were complicated and limiting – I was able to rewrite most of the code to transfer the website interface over to the brand palette.

Sure, the entire process took many hours of coding (way too many hours). But, you know I love to overwrite code – there is nothing better that I like to do. I am quite a master at CSS and figuring out how to best control any website element.

Rewriting the template to reflect the new company brand colors for my client was an awesome power of CSS. I don’t often get to show off my CSS programming skills. That all changed with this project – to be honest – I took a good guess on most of the CSS coding.

For more information on creating custom website solutions for your business or personal website.

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Yellow Pages Ad

The fun part about designing a Yellow Pages Ad is the color. Black and yellow. Sure there is an entire range of yellows that you can use until that yellow become black. Often, yellow pages ad feel more like a school assignment from “Principles of Design” class. The only difference, Principles of Design is the study of black and white.

Yes, some businesses use yellow pages ads. Some firms even generate business from yellow pages ads. It is always good to at least test your target market out. Perhaps there is an opening for an older demographic to your market share. Reach them with a well designed yellow pages ad.

Asheville Yellow Pages Ad

Creating contrast is key to standing out. And don’t over do it. Clean and straightforward. For the yellow pages ad I choice to highlight the phone number and availability. With the location visually following behind.

For this yellow pages ad I choice to simplify the logo – by leaving the icon off. With the health icon for artwork and the list of services. Along with licensing and insurance tagline.  IN the space of a business card. Something had to go to provide some breathing room. While including the message the client want to confer.

IrishGuy Asheville Website & Development provided the online services for this ad campaign. The online campaign worked alongside the print and marketing campaign.

The yellow pages ads were as used in low-cost local marketing. The ads printed well in black and white – and showcased the local small business. The yellow pages ads were part of a much larger branding project.

Yellow Pages Ad Graphic Designer Gary Crossey
Graphic Designer Gary Crossey

DIRECT MAIL: Postcard Designs

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Seasonal Greeting Card

The Seasonal Greeting cards are part a larger branding campaign.   

  • Catalog.
  • Website and Online Store. 
  • Print ads and Flyers.
  • Posters, Banners, and Signage.
  • Series of greeting cards.
  • Postcards - with discount programs. 
  • Seasonal Greeting Cards. 

Asheville Postcard Design – Moogfest

Created for the Moogfest after party. Moogfest was a blast - with a pumping after party with DJ iGUY.

Asheville Postcard Design – Metropolis

Club Metropolis Club flyer.
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Asheville Postcard Design – Hairspray

Club Hairspray - Asheville NC. Rather than creating two postcards for two different events – we went with the concept to feature one event on each side of the Postcard. The printing cost was reduced by half.

Asheville Postcard Design – Kings

Calling on Adobe Photoshop to quickly create some visual effects for the back of the postcard.

Asheville Postcard Design – Art Opening

Art Opening Asheville: Intersection:8
The photographic journey of eight men.
There were an entire series of postcards created for the Art Opening. Here are a handful of the samples.

Postcard Design – Asheville Adobe User Group

Postcard Designed for the Asheville Adobe User Group to market upcoming event.

WEBSITE DESIGN Interior Design

Asheville Interior Design Firm Website

Working with the Greeson & Fast Interior Design team in Asheville has been an incredible experience. Their design work is exquisite, modern, and forward thinking. Creating their online portfolio was a very natural experience. The website remained active during all stages of the redesign, with a focus on SEO and improved usability.

Greeson & Fast have a clear and efficient communication chain – and have always had a definite vision of what they wanted from their website.

“The website has got to be user-friendly, secure, and easy to navigate.”

WEBSITE: www.greesonandfast.com.

Visit the Greeson & Fast Interior Design firms website. www.greesonandfast.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Architectural

Asheville Architectural Photography by Gary Crossey

Before the Wicked Weed in Asheville. There was a short period when the Asheville Hardware store was downtown. Just before the opening, the client was eager to have Press Releases and marketing about the grand opening to include their branding.

However, when I arrived to for the Architectural Photography – the signs had not been installed. I photographed the building and added the log to the photos in Photoshop. Below is an example of the sign that the client had during the photo shoot.

Before added the logo in Photoshop

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WEBSITE DESIGN: Shopping Cart

Website Design for Asheville Local Business

Building a successful online store is an enormous task for any business. Add in the difficulty of maintaining seasonal (one-of-a-kind) inventory.

Even by today’s standard, the shopping cart website is user-friendly and engaging. With easy to use navigation. And a color palette that is easy on the eyes for online shopping.

Asheville Local Store - Shopping Cart Website Design

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WEBSITE DESIGN Asheville Retail Store

Asheville Retail Website Design

Oh, the days of Flash were a fun time for website design. Sure, connection speed was certain. And, smartphones or tablets were a far off idea. What Flash did deliver to the internet user was motion.

Asheville Website Design Example

Screen Captures of Web Site

As a Website Designer and Developer, working with Flash was fun!
The My Native Ireland website was a project of passion.

I do miss my Curved Scroll Bar - it was quite fancy (even for then). I wrote the ActionScript to create the scrollbar to find the design of this website. The paint brushes I created in Adobe Illustrator.

The entire site had a sense of soft movement - which captured the Asheville store so perfectly.

My Native Ireland Photography Samples

Link to the My Native Ireland (Asheville) web site photography samples.

WEBSITE DESIGN: Asheville

Create a Small Business Website

Asheville Small Business website (before there was Wicked Weed). Was created to include the following functions:

  • Easy to use the drop-down menu.
  • Interactive events calendar.
  • User login – and ability to make revisions.
  • Basic shopping cart.
  • Website Photo Galleries.
  • Embed youtube promotional video.

Gary Crossey created all the graphics, photography and promotional videos for the website.

Asheville Website Design by Gary Crossey IrishGuy Graphic Design

Product Website Pages

Asheville Small Business website by IrishGuy Gtraphics

Asheville Product Photography for websiteHaving an online program that looked good and functioned are difficult to find online. When created the Class Schedule page for the site I used dark & light contrast for the date, time, and cost. While opting for a light, less stress on the reader’s eyes. Soft green background with crisp black type.

Web design by IrishGuy Graphics

 

WEB DESIGN Early HTML Layout

Early HTML Web Site Design

The initial years of web design were exciting design times. As a young designer, I was exploring different methods for deploying online content. Even before Flash – the creative curve was already very high. There were no design rules for website design – web standards were not on the table. In fact, most no-one was at the table.

Those initial years were a testing playground without users. Media Rich Content was loaded, tested, and achieved without anyone interacting with the content. Before YouTube – Connection speeds and limited deployment tools made sharing video content.

Web Design Crosseye Graphics

The website was one large graphic. That was cut into small pieces and loaded into a table from the server. The process could be streamlined to be quite fast. Then users arrived at the internet, and the design of websites changed.

Early HTML website design by Gary Crossey
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WEBSITE DESIGN: Artist Showcase

Artist Website Design

A long time ago – I began my website design career with an artist website. It is alway fun to work with creative people who have creative ideas. Building Tom Williams website in the early days of website design was a tremendous learning experience.

The right side panel has a slow-moving animation that I coded using ActionScript and math. The math creates a series of random numbers that would control the bend in the animated string. Creating a lively pattern, each time it played the animation cycle.

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