Archive | August, 2010

MR Builders (Mr Buildit)

Owner, Mark Robinson approached us to rebrand his growing Stourbridge building company, MR Builders. We were tasked with creating a new logo for the business, graphics for the van, and the creation of a new website at www.mrbuildit.co.uk to showcase the company’s work. It was important that the website could grow with the business and had the facility to add further case studies, so WordPress was used as the CMS – offering an easy to use interface for Mark to keep the website updated.

Business logo design

We wanted to create a clean, strong image for Mark, without the usual rooftop shapes and  gimmicks. Here is the final logo we arrived at:

MR Builders Logo

Typekit Cufon FLIR sIFR, Which web font system is best?

Breaking out from web-safe fonts

Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, Georgia, Tahoma, Tebuchet etc., For the longest time, web designers were stuck with using so called “web safe” fonts. These are fonts that you find on most common operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, and various Linux distributions (distros). By sticking to these core fonts you can be pretty confident that your website is going to render in the way you intended, and that a serious typographical faux-pas can be avoided.

Breaking out of web safe fontsWe’re going to look at a few ways to introduce (with reasonable safety) some typographical variety into your website, along with the advantages and disadvantages associated with each method. It is important to understand, there is no “best” solution for everyone, but hopefully this article can help you explore the possibilities.

When Times isn’t Times

For anyone who hasn’t already cottoned on, web browsers rely on the fonts already installed on your PC in order to render them on screen. Even “web safe” fonts are not strictly the same from platform to platform. Times New Roman on a Windows 7 machine isn’t necessarily going to be the same typeface as Times Roman on an Apple Mac. Read More…

Alliband Business Services

Alliband Business Services provide a comprehensive array of technology and IT support services to business. Their existing website had grown with them over a period of years in the hands of various designers and hosting companies. The result was a website that had become difficult to manage, resulting in content that was less than ideal. We were tasked with completely relaunching the web presence. Read More…

Inekar – Mobile Communications

InekarInekar Ltd mobile communications specialists are a family run business, providing the complete mobile communications service, including supply and install of:

  • Hands free mobile phone car kits
  • In Car Entertainment (ICE) systems, including iPod kits
  • GPS tracker devices
  • Parking sensors

Managing Director, Jason McComb, was struggling with the BT Site Builder solution, and needed a more professional appearance for the company that would provide a platform not just to promote their installation services, but also to expose the vast knowledgebase of mobile technology the company has amassed in it’s almost ten years of trading.

“The WordPress platform was a no brainer”, says Jason – “it’s going to allow us to share our knowledge with the world, and hopefully encourage people to come back to us again and again, as our expertise in the field is not being fully utilised to our advantage”.