Have you ever had a situation where you worked on a great design, and the client asked you to change it to be more what THEY thought looked good – but you didn’t like their suggestions?
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This post was written by my cousin, Gabriella Sholk! Enjoy!
We all love Instragram, Hipstamatic, Eyem and basically any photo app that allows us to add a filter, turning our dull food pics & awkward selfies into perfectly lit, well composed photographic masterpieces.
What if you want to take things a step further?
What if you want to add text to your already amazing photos?
I am unashamedly proud of our work, and I often share our latest / my favourite sites with people who get in touch with us. Why stop at them though? Why not share them with you – the lovely person who arrived here reading our blog. Hello, and enjoy!
This one was our first fully responsive site and we are excited that we got a chance to look at it. We also blogged about it previously, did you see?
We are very proud to announce the launch of our first completely bespoke designed responsive site – Aspire Leadership!
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?
- You don’t ever win anything
- You aren’t fast enough at reacting to offers
- You love your business
- You want to have a website you can be truly proud of
- 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
- You want your new website launched by mid July 2012
- You have checked what’s included in our “Bestseller Sites” description and feel “that’s perfect for me!”
- 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 – 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)
Ever since we put the owls vinyl mural on the walls of our new office, people have asked us – what’s with all the owls?
We made it! Two weeks ago we got an email from our client Gina, founder of Athena Singapore, saying they wanted Top Left Design to design and build a website for Athena in Singapore. We already have worked with Gina with clients in Singapore and there are a few more projects in the pipeline – the start of a strong global partnership! It was to be a WordPress based site and needed to be designed and built by the 24th – today – in time for their big launch event.
A mammoth task!
Rosie came to Top Left Design requiring a complete website and blog revamp. Her old website and blog were seperate from one another and were in need of a modern, professional re design as well as being joint together.
Rosie’s old website shown below was quite outdated and in need of a contemporary re-design.
In the last year we have been working on a number of websites for financial planners and financial advisers in the UK, along with our strategic partner the lovely Abbie Tanner from A Business Innovation.
Abbie does the strategy and content planning, as well as the copy writing and value proposition, and we have been designing and building the websites according to the brief and branding that results from this.
Montagu Financial Management
Montagu wanted a crisp, clean website which was easy to navigate – along with the top navigation the site makes great use of internal links which makes moving through the site very simple. The design of the Montagu website came quite easily after we had created their lovely new logo.
They chose to use quirky images and testimonials throughout the site which is a great way to make your company more credible. The website also includes downloadable case studies and links to the team members ContactMonkey contact cards.
Mount Sterling Wealth
Mount Sterling Wealth are an independently owned financial planning and wealth management practice with offices in Mayfair and North Yorkshire. Mount Sterling Wealth wanted a simple, professional website that ensured that all their information was easily accessible. It’s only a 3 page site but it really packs a punch we think.
The site makes use of a great sliding header which features some of their testimonials, it also has downloadable PDF versions of their case studies and you can find their team members details through the links on the site to ContactMonkey.
Dragonfly wanted a clean, professional website where they could show off their services and case studies. They also wanted to add interest to their existing logo so we turned the logo into a flash animation with fluttering wings and some sparkles.
This website features rotating images and tag lines on the home page, downloadable case studies, and internal links to make navigating the site simpler. On the About us page we used a really cool roll-over feature for the team members details.
Professional Financial Centre
PFC wanted to launch a website that reflected the services and benefits they provide. The brand needed to be strong, classic and clean to help it stand out.
This home page features sliding images and tag lines, the 3 main audiences in 3 separate sections as well as a blog feed of the 3 latest blog posts. You will find their social media links at the top of every page of the site to make it easy for people to connect with them. We also added a nice touch by using aged looking paper to list services and for the testimonials.
Fish Financial was looking for a fresh, colourful, friendly approachable website which we managed to achieve by using quirky images and bright colours for every page to differentiate between each section of the website.
This website features rotating images and testimonials on the home page, downloadable case studies, a resources library with past newsletters and portfolios, a fantastic ‘lightbox’ feature to show their Structured Investment Process along with a blog. The blog, case studies and testimonials are all really great ways to help visitors get to know your company and what you do.
Kubera Wealth was looking for a website redesign that would refresh their online presence and to reflect their corporate image using an uncluttered design that would speak to their clients in a language they would understand.
Top of the list for the client was to create interest right from the get go whilst highlighting Kubera Wealth’s services. We achieved that by creating an animation on the home page. This website also features downloadable case studies, a ‘lightbox’ feature to show their mind mapping technique and a regularly updated blog which also features the clients love of art and photography.
Clarkson Wayman Ball
CWB was looking for a website that would demonstrate their commitment to their superior level of service as well as illustrating how they have helped numerous clients with everyday problems just like the rest of us. This was achieved by putting their clients first. The website is obviously a testament to what CWB has and can do but it also allows their clients to tell their own stories throughout the website by way of their case study pages, testimonials throughout the site and scrolling testimonials on the home page.
Their website also features a blog with a feed to the home page which is a good way to make people aware of what’s going on as soon as they arrive at the website. We also used some great functionality on the about us page to feature all team members without needing to use huge amounts of space.
Bluecoat Wealth Management
Bluecoat wanted to become known as the leading provider of retirement life planning. We wanted to portray this message whilst keeping the website clean, fresh and easy to navigate. The stock photography on the website also lends itself to retiring, relaxing, taking up a hobby or travelling.
Social media is very important for a company and so we made sure that we had clearly visible links to the social media networks that Bluecoat was on. This website also makes use of downloadable case studies, testimonials and a blog. Robin Clarke from Bluecoat also strongly believes in giving back to community so we have also been working on banners to highlight the good things that Bluecoat does.
Petrus Financial Services
Petrus Financial Services wanted to update their website to have it being fresh, friendly and easy to navigate. They also wanted to have people see the services they offer as you arrive at the website which we achieved using these Polaroid’s which link to the case studies page with downloadable case studies.
Every page also consists of a testimonial which shows off what they have done for their past and existing clients. The real winner of this website is the great functionality used on the who we are page – it works in a similar way to the Facebook tag system where you hover over someone’s face and their name and profile appears. We just love this feature!
This site is a well thought out site, with the key messages clearly stated on the homepage, and images that consider their audience and messages.
There is a blog on the homepage which PK Partnership work on themselves.
Within the pages there are “hot links” to other areas of the site, and one of the most important sections is the client stories – as when people can understand what makes other clients choose PK Partnership, they understand better who they may benefit.
Maseco Private Wealth
We worked on this project with Abbie Tanner as well. Maseco is a private wealth firm which specializes in American living in the UK – and are able to work in this quite complex tax area.
They use big and meaningful images throughout the site to break up the text, and are clear on what makes them a good choice.
This was a site we took over in the design phase, so we did changes on the designs and created layouts for new pages – and then built it. The site is in WordPress so is updatable easily by the client.
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.