After a busy month launching websites in January, things have continued on at full-speed into February. The team are settling in to the new office and we’re hoping that things will be finalised in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for some interiors updates and exciting announcements!
This month has seen new projects kicking off every week, with the team working on logo and brand design, site redesign and rebuilds for existing clients, as well as ongoing support and digital partnerships.
With Digital Boost funding opening up once again, we had an influx of enquiries from local clients looking to upgrade their online presence, from new websites to social media and digital marketing support, so we’re looking forward to getting started on those over the coming months.
Nairn Construction are an experienced local company offering civil engineering, project management and general building services to a wide range of clients. They were looking for an updated website that would allow them to showcase their services, as well as the projects that they’ve worked on. They wanted to make sure they were communicating who they are as a business and what sets them apart from their competitors.
Paul used their current logo to inform the design style, picking out the contrasting colours of blue and orange to ensure that their recognisable brand was consistent across the site. We created categorised case studies, which means that the client is able to showcase relevant project in line with relevant services. The team also produced a full brand pack, refreshing the logo in the process.
Moffat Town Hall Trust
The Moffat Town Hall Trust took over the running of Moffat Town Hall from Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2012. After a lot of refurbishment, restoring the building to a much-used part of the community, they now facilitate a number of varied events and functions within the town, operating important clubs and services for the community and running a resilience hub during the Covid-19 pandemic. The building is also available for booking weddings, parties and business events.
The website needed to showcase the Town Hall as a wedding and events venue, as well as raising awareness of the Trust’s work and facilities within the community. Zoe worked closely with the Moffat Town Hall Trust team to put together a website design in line with their branding and colour palette to develop a user friendly site where users can easily navigate to find the information they’re looking for.
Shambellie House Trust acquired the house and grounds at Shambellie, New Abbey with the aim of converting it to a centre to deliver short non-vocational courses delivered by local experts. The courses on offer cover a diverse range of subjects including arts, crafts, quilting, photography, wildlife and wellness, and they were looking for a website that would showcase the courses and events on offer, as well as allowing people to book courses and purchase gift vouchers.
Chris and Iona met with the Shambellie House team during the planning stages of the project to ensure that we knew the details of what the site needed to do, as well as letting the client know what was possible in terms of the platforms we work with. After a visit to see the house, Zoe and Paul put together the logo, branding and site designs, reflecting the natural surroundings of Shambellie and the colour palette throughout the house itself.
Using WordPress and WooCommerce, Chris built a full responsive site that allows potential customers to book onto the course of their choice, as well as creating custom post types to allow Shambellie to showcase their expert tutors on each course. Iona worked closely with the client to develop and integrate the site content, ensuring the final outcome was in line with the functionality of the design.
One of our more long-term projects has involved the Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service, better known as PKAVS. PKAVS supports unpaid carers, people recovering from mental illness and minority communities, and also works to strengthen the voluntary sector.
Having traditionally operated a number of different website and subdomains for the various branches of the organisation, the charity were keen to develop a one-stop-shop, centralised PKAVS website for all service users and stakeholders. This process involved consultation with various different teams and individuals across the organisation to identify specific service needs. Extensive planning time was put in to the initial navigation and sitemapping process of the site. Service (hub) homepages were developed and an intuitive site search and FAQs feature designed and built to improve user experience too.
This is without doubt one of the largest projects we’ve ever undertaken and it’s been absolutely fascinating learning about the fantastic work PKAVS do. It’s another organisation we’re very proud to partner with and site we’re delighted to launch.
Zoe went back to school
We were asked to be involved in a careers day at Dalbeattie High School and as it happens, Zoe (one of our designers) is a former pupil, so she went across to talk all things web and graphic design. You can read all about it in her overview of the day.
Interiors fans will enjoy the before and after snaps of the tiles in the porch at the new office… I know, we’re spoiling you! We’re hoping that the office will be open for visitors and client meetings next month, so keep an eye on social media to ensure you’re up to date.
With four team members celebrating their birthdays in February, it’s a big month for Creatomatic! Huge happy birthday wishes to Kit, Paul, Jack and Kelsey xx *pops champagne*