Creative Graphic Design for Web & Print
Website design, coding & consultancy
Identity design, logos & branding
Packaging concepts, design & artwork
Following on from our initial work for Comscientia back in 2011, they decided they wanted to migrate their site www.comscientia.com to the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) platform and wished to promote their new e-book. I installed and customised a responsive theme for Comscientia with unique fonts and helped edit all the content to ensure it displayed correctly on the new CMS.
I also created / updated images and slideshows, set-up a Mailchimp newsletter along with all templates and sign-up forms, installed social media sharing buttons, set-up the contact form, all the usual stuff, to help create a clean, no-nonsense site that reflects Comscientia’s approach.
Marian Richardson and Tony King from Nicara Skincare asked me to provide some constructive criticism of their current e-commerce site based on the Volusion platform. They took my comments on board and asked them to help build them a new, stylish, clean and effective site at www.nicaraskincare.com.
We decided to move to the Shopify platform and I mildly customised the standard template to fit in with Nicara’s aesthetic. I ensured the site was responsive so it can also be viewed (and shopped!) on smartphones and tablets. I set-up tax and shipping tables, gave advice on fulfilment, integrated the site with their PayPal account. Then, taking the basic text and images supplied, I produced a spreadsheet for the entire product range (over 150 SKUs) covering all the ecommerce essentials such as description, weight, cost, variants, image links, basic SEO as well as editing all the images supplied. I was then responsible for uploading all the products and ensuring they were placed in the correct categories.
In addition I added news, media and contact pages, home page image slider as well as writing all the boring yet necessary text to cover terms and conditions, delivery, returns, refunds and so forth. I provided domain hosting and IMAP email accounts. I also tested the site, payment and order processing before handing it over to Nicara Skincare for day-to-day operation. Finally I wrote a set of instructions covering the basic site operation for the new administrators.
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In 2012 I was involved in the revamp of King of Shaves’ consumer website however in late 2013 it was decided that the site needed to upgraded to include the separate online store and subscription websites. Working in conjunction with Rees Kenyon Design, we decided to continue with using the WordPress Content Management System and integrate it with the now mature Woocommerce shopping platform. The brief was to have an easy-to-use, clean looking site where the product was king! It was also essential that the new transactional shave.com site was responsive so it can be viewed and shopped on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
In just over eight weeks I designed, provided graphics / images and wrote copy for the entire site as well as providing all the detail to populate the online store. I was also heavily involved in backend work including setting up payment gateway and fulfilment house integration. Once the updated site went live on 16 January 2014 at www.shave.com (timed to coincide with the launch of King of Shaves’ new Hyperglide System Razor) we then worked on integrating subscriptions into the store’s online shop.
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After designing and producing the identity for Stylish Seating the obvious next step was to design and build their website. I registered the domain www.stylishseating.co.uk and also provided email and website hosting. I was provided with images and basic text (which I copyedited) and I then designed, coded and built a content managed WordPress site that allows prospective customers to get a real feel for the services provided including image slideshow on the home page, pricing guidelines, fabric swatch scans, galleries and that all important contact form.
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Stylish Seating is a family run small business that provides chair covers, table decorations and other accessories for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions. The running of the company recently passed to Louise Smith and Susie Felix and they decided the identity needed refreshing. After an initial discussion I designed a logo that we felt represented the quality and bespoke nature of their offering. Business cards soon followed along with a holding page for their website along with designs and artwork for social media including Twitter, Facebook and Pintrest.
Big fish float. Smaller ones need to work harder so they don’t sink. I won’t talk creative moo-poo to you – however I will work my socks off to provide effective designs that tick all your boxes so you can concentrate on running your business.
From my first day as a junior ‘tea maker’ in the studio I have had to produce perfect repro-ready artwork or code for almost every project I have been involved in. To be blunt, cock-ups at the printer cost time and cash. So I don’t ‘do’ cock-ups.
I don’t pretend to be the world’s best wordsmith (though I do know some great copywriters), but I can edit your text as I go and provide intelligent suggestions that will help keep your projects on-track – saving you time and hassle.
OK, I might have made that word up, however I am adaptable and flexible – a quick learner who can turn my hand to almost any project whatever its size and budget ensuring you always get good value for your cash. And I make a great cup of tea.
SwearingDad Design is the online home for Simon Watson, an experienced graphic designer providing effective and creative solutions and artwork for logos, identity, brochures, print and websites (including responsive and e-commerce of course).
Based in sunny Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom.