Web Design Train Wrecks

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Three of my clients are in web design limbo right now. They hired offshore and "backwoods" web designers to create their new websites on the cheap. All three told me, "It can't be that hard to build a website. You just use WordPress." Now all three are frustrated because the outcomes are incredibly ugly, user "unfriendly", offtrack, and unpublishable. The ridiculous, comically irrelevant image above is pulled from one such web design. Please hire your next web designer wisely and spend the extra money. Base your decision on their web development and web design knowledge, training, and aesthetics for the best possible outcome. 

Right Now: Preparing to develop website UX, messaging, and content for celebrated Civil Rights-focused non-profit.

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We are helping Sojourn to the Past, a transformative and empowering academic immersion program that takes students and educators through the hallowed sites of modern Civil Rights. We will produce a new website navigation infrastructure and user experience, messaging, content strategy, and copy. This effort is important, challenging, and delicate.

Right Now: Creating emotionally real content that's catnip for brides-to-be.

Global wedding photographer, photojournalist, and artist Ryan Greenleaf (he's the one in the middle) is the most approachable, creative, and fun person ever.  But, how to say it in his new website content without sounding sappy, boastful, or stilted? Ryan's reply after reading our first draft, "...I love it!!" That makes us so happy.

Global wedding photographer, photojournalist, and artist Ryan Greenleaf (he's the one in the middle) is the most approachable, creative, and fun person ever.  But, how to say it in his new website content without sounding sappy, boastful, or stilted? Ryan's reply after reading our first draft, "...I love it!!" That makes us so happy.

Right Now: Developing multi-pronged social media & marketing strategy to attract prospects

Evoke does healing work. Good work. But, not enough people know about them in Pleasant Hill. Therefore, our strategy needed a wide net: Facebook advertising, boosts, posts and likes, direct mail, local events, meet 'n greets, peer to peer relationship building, offer testing, repositioning, fresh messaging, and reconfigured offerings.

Evoke does healing work. Good work. But, not enough people know about them in Pleasant Hill. Therefore, our strategy needed a wide net: Facebook advertising, boosts, posts and likes, direct mail, local events, meet 'n greets, peer to peer relationship building, offer testing, repositioning, fresh messaging, and reconfigured offerings.

Right Now: Honoring hard work that's paying off

Honoring Jay Watson, Indigeny Reserve co-founder, mega-entrepreneur and our longtime client. Wending his way, with grace, tenacity and humor, through the endless start-up hoops. From telecommunications businessman to alcoholic beverage company owner, apple farmer and cidermaster, dealing with local ordinances, water rights, TTB, FDA and CCOF regulations (ahhh, and so many more), passing the million bottle mark and becoming one of the top Mother Lode destinations on Yelp and TripAdvisor. P.S. He's holding one of the bottles we designed!

Right Now: Mentoring mega-entrepreneurs

Here's the story of one:

High schooler Sean M. is 17, wise and motivated far beyond his years. He's already balancing several money-making ventures (self-designated high school hat salesman (buy low, sell higher), dog walker, tutor, DoorDash delivery person and city energy efficiency team member who is simultaneously building a viable online business or two).

Sean recognizes the value in diversification, finding needs and filling them, doing what he loves, staying focused and self-motivated, planning for financial independence and absorbing the wisdom of his mentors (including me).

We are fine-tuning his path and his future as it unfolds – brilliantly. I am pretty sure that one day I will be meeting him at his mansion and counseling him about sharing the wealth. And, I know he will.