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Dinosaurs in Spaceships – a TLD special offer

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Dinosaur in a spaceship - we are sending 8 to space!

Are you heading for extinction?

Do you want to bring yourself out of the Jurassic Age and into the Space Age? And, do you want one of our superduper sites but you also feel you deserve a special offer?

Following our previous post – Are you heading for extinction? Don’t be left behind like the dinosaurs!

Is this you?

  1. You don’t ever win anything
  2. You aren’t fast enough at reacting to offers
  3. You love your business
  4. You want to have a website you can be truly proud of
  5. You feel that you are ready to jump both feet into the world of blogging and social media, but you want someone by your side, holding your hand
  6. You want your new website launched by mid July 2012
  7. You have checked what’s included in our “Bestseller Sites” description and feel “that’s perfect for me!”
  8. You want to come in and meet with us in the next 2-3 weeks to get started.

That’s where we come in!

Our team at TLD want to work on projects with clients like you!

So we are doing a special offer – a full £800 pounds off our usual “bestseller sites” price (usually £5200) – offer open to the first 8 people who get in touch this month (we like the number 8 – and there are 8 ways we improve your presence online) (more…)

8 ways we improve your presence online

Friday, April 27th, 2012

8 ways we improve your presence online

The number 8 is lucky for us at TLD (and for people all around the world, it seems), and anyone knows that when you write a blog post, the ones with a number in the headline are the most widely shared!

Plus, we really want to take the time to be incredibly self indulgent, for a bit, and just share the 8 ways we improve your presence online.

The 8 ways are:

  1. We give advice on how to to engage visitors, so they are encouraged to browse through the website and there are clear calls to action at every stage.
  2. We show options for the design and then have a “live design session” so you are involved in the process and you love your site’s design.
  3. We never build the site unless you have signed off the design
  4. Our designers work directly with our clients and keep them in the loop at all times.
  5. We integrate a WordPress blog into most sties, and train you on how to keep it up to date, and blogging best practices.
  6. We give clients 1-2-1 training on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Blogging and include 1.5 hours free for every project.
  7. We make sure we follow all the big SEO rules when we work on the websites and point clients in the right direction for ongoing link building options.
  8. We ensure each site is built to be easily read by search engines and mobile devices.

Our clients can explain more, and our portfolio shows more – but we really thought this deserved a special mention. And this picture of “Henry the Octopus” and the 8 ways is going to be displayed on the wall of our office as well.

Launch of the Thanks and Recognition website

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Thanks and Recognition website

At the beginning of January we launched our very first website of 2012 for Thanks and Recognition.

Thanks and Recognition help to create an environment of trust where people feel empowered to thank one another for good deeds they have done in the day.  It works very simply, if somebody does something that you value and want to recognise, you send an email thanking them for what they have done. Thanks and Recognition can then calculate how many times you say thank you in a period of time. There’s lot of theory around the subject and you can find out more on their website.

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The Case for Case Studies

Monday, November 7th, 2011

This is me! This is what I do! Hear me roar… umm… or please see my Case Studies page.

Are you wanting to shout your services and great work to the world? Want to advertise without actually advertising? But what you do is SO fantastic how will prospective clients ever believe that you can achieve what you are shouting about?

We need proof they say…

Proof? you want proof? I’ll show you proof!

Please navigate to my case studies page…

Before you can have the perfect case studies page you need a few perfect case studies. Here are some tips on how to create a perfect case study.

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Shiny new hairdresser website for Kell Skött Haircare – a website with personality

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

We are proud to announce the launch of the gorgeous Kell Skött Haircare website! Kell Skött Haircare are a leading West London hairdresser, who have a reputation for creating a friendly community atmosphere, whilst still delivering a highly professional, quality service. Kell Skött Haircare needed a website that would represent it’s brand identity: warm, yet professional.

Kell Skott Home page

The home page has a clean and simplistic feel with a slider explaining different core values of the Kell Skött brand and presenting different high quality images to show off the visual side of the service.  The site features a beautiful ‘meet the team‘ page, with a pop up light box that displays additional information about all of the staff members.
 
Meet the team gallery
Meet the team pop up light box

A blog page on the site is regularly updated with articles on a variety of subjects such as lifestyle, beauty and of course hair. However, our favourite feauture of the site has to be the 404 page, which we customised to include Mr and Mrs Skött’s beloved Cocker Spaniels, embodying the warm and friendly spirit of the brand.

Kell Skott Blog

a 404 page with a sense of humour

We loved turning the Skött’s vision for their website into a reality.  Here’s Jacqueline Skött’s testimonial:

11 things I’ve learnt at Top Left Design so far

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Now a full time member of the TLD team, I first came to Top Left Design as an intern for two weeks when I was just 14 years old. I’ve spent a lot of time with the team helping out for the past four years and have learnt  countless amounts of new and interesting things, and still have much more to learn!

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The designer tips I learnt at Top Left Design – by Julien Michot (one of our interns)

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Julien is one of the two french students (Julien and Caroline) who spent a 10 week  internship at Top Left Design. In this post he shares with you a few new things he learnt about design.

Julien on his last day at TLD

Here is what Julien wrote

Hi everyone! I’ve just finished my 10 weeks internship here at Top Left Design. Usually I work more with the programming side of things, and have never really learnt much about the design process. I like coding because I’ve learnt a lot about how to do it, and so now it’s easy for me. But during this internship I saw that design is not so different from coding, you have to always keep in mind some key rules and guidelines to create a good design.

Here are the 7 most important rules I learnt at top left design during my 10 great weeks:

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3,2,1… London 2011! You don’t need to be a sportswoman to develop your skills – by Caroline Campan (one of our interns)

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Caroline Michot - on her last day of her TLD internship

Caroline and Julien are two french students who spent 10 weeks with the team at Top Left Design on a summer internship. 10 weeks have flown by! They have sadly left and will be truly missed by all of us at Top Left Design. In this blog post Caroline shares a little bit about her experience at TLD and the new things she learnt.

Here is what Caroline wrote

Here we are: 10 weeks have gone by, and it’s already the end. When I look at the pieces of paper which I wrote all of my tasks on each week, I think we can say that it’s been amazing. From tasks which took me several days to complete to some which only took me a few minutes, each week has been a new experience.

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A collection of websites for Food Businesses (designed by Top Left Design)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Food – Its yummy and we can’t live without it! (even if you tried). Designing a food website presents an interesting challenge – the design has to look good enough to eat!
Whether it be for a restaurant, or a company that sells food online, the focus has to be on the product, which in these cases, are the food itself, or the venue in which you will be eating the delicious consumables.

Good professional photography is essential for this genre of website, and thankfully, our clients recognise this with the beautiful images they have supplied to us in the past.

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Should we have professional photography in our website?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Yes!

Having good quality images on your site can set you apart from your competitors in a big way. Have you ever been to a website and thought “those pictures are awful”? How did that affect your impressions of the company? I’d be willing to bet that your perception of the company went down some – the quality of your content is directly linked to how your visitors perceive the overall quality of your company.

There’s nothing worse than having a great website designed, only to populate the pages with low quality clipart style stock imagery, or dodgy team pictures.

  • If you are a venue – people will want to see the venue in all it’s glory
  • If you have a physical product – then show off the product with high quality pictures
  • If you have people in your business – (yes we know this means everyone!) – adding team pictures creates trust and transparency

Professional photography really does add a sophisticated and unique feel to your company and products. Below is just a small collection of  professional photography used throughout websites TLD has designed – now you’ll be able to see why professional photography is a must!

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