8.01.2014
Serious Stuff

Not Your Typical Payroll Website

With a 50-year reputation for honesty, integrity, and amazing service, Southwestern Payroll has a proud history to celebrate. They deserved a website as unique as their company to help differentiate them from the faceless corporate competition.

small business website - desktop

We continue to receive great feedback on the new look from our clients.

“You guys are awesome to work with.”
- Samantha Hartanovich, Southwestern Payroll

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We wanted the world to see how incredible Southwestern Payroll is, to experience their spirit and culture. They are such a great company, and people needed to know that about them.

small business website - payroll

The Steampunk style gave us the opportunity to conceptually tie in the company’s history and established credibility with their modern technology & fun-loving spirit.

small business website - Blog

One of Southwestern Payroll’s competitive advantages is the long-term relationships they have with clients.

They’re not just a good payroll company. They’re fun. They’re exciting. They’re interesting. And you can see that as their whole team participates in a very outside-the-box experience. They were just a delight to shoot, and we used actual employee shots for all the pages on the site.

All the employees enjoyed one another. Everyone encouraged one another, and they had fun together. Those are signs of a happy, healthy culture, which is probably why they’ve been successful for so long.

small business website - steampunk

Thank you so much for all you did to make today fantastic!

“Everyone had a great time. We had several compliments from folks here that you guys were so easy to work with and made people feel very comfortable.”
- Samantha Hartanovich, Southwestern Payroll

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7.25.2014
Serious Stuff

EaglePicher Lights up New York

With a history stretching back to 1945, and energy projects including every major US space mission, EaglePicher’s reputation speaks for itself.

Entering new energy markets in New York, they needed materials to showcase their credibility to new prospects.

You are on-point with NYC! Great job!

- Callie Hudson, Marketing

“I thought you’d like to see just how forward you all are. This is my view from our table.
Note the color of choice for this meeting. We match everything.”

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Thanks so much for getting this stuff delivered in time for this event. Couldn’t be happier.

- Callie Hudson, Marketing

Project Notes

EaglePicher has done incredible things over the course of their history. But they had never given a professional designer the privilege of working on their stuff.

Energy Trade Show Brochure

So as we began to dig into the company, we discovered things they were very modest about, but we thought were incredible: doing business for over 100 years, providing batteries for the first US satellite launch, sustaining 2 billion battery cell hours in space. Really impressive stuff.

Energy Brochure

Re-discovering these stories also inspired newer staff members who didn’t know about them. It was fun to see their staff getting excited about their history all over again, right before the trade show.

The best part for us: seeing the team go to a trade show in NYC and be on-target with design for that event.

Energy desktop website

As a company who works in a digital medium, we enjoyed working with a business that helps other companies to make good use of their energy resources. They support innovative technology combinations, including sustainable tech like wind, solar, and hydraulic power.

energy mobile website design
It was an honor to selected by a company who has been around for over 100 years and bring their products forward into a new era.

Design Notes

Sturdy, business-card-sized tri-fold design
Full-size tri-fold
Responsive landing page: mobile, desktop & tablet friendly
Harmonious use of new logo, colors & fonts
Engineered look and feel
Incorporated circuit details for the “deep concept” vibe


7.07.2014
Serious Stuff

How to Move a Website to a New Host

What to do when moving your website

Nothing inspires the same stomach-dropping fear as the phrase “We need to move the website.” A website move requires some planning and preparation to pull everything off smoothly, but it doesn’t have to wreck your week.

The important thing! Don’t panic.
Don't panic
It’s doable. And you don’t need to be a techno-wizard or code monkey to get it done right. You just need to know the right questions and the right people.

Checklist: Moving Your Website

With all the logistics surrounding a website move, it’s important to focus on the most important questions:

  • How will this affect my domain name?
  • How will this affect my website files?
  • How will this affect my email?
  • What else do I have hosted there?

If you don’t know the answers, that’s alright. Give us a call and we’ll walk you through it.

1) What is the name of your domain registrar?
“Domain” just means the address for your website. Like a mailbox number.

For “http://google.com”, the domain is “Google.com.”

“Registrar” means the company handling your domain, like GoDaddy or Omnis.

You can find the domain registrar information by checking your site at: WhoIs.DomainTools.com

Help, I’m lost!If you have no idea what that means, that’s okay too! We’ll help you figure it out.

2) Who is your website hosting provider?
Your “hosting provider” company stores all the files, databases, and scripts to run your website. If your domain is your address, the “hosting provider” is your landlord.

Sometimes the same company handles both your domain and your hosting.

3) How do you currently handle email?
Does your company use an Exchange server?
Are you accessing email via Outlook?
How many emails do you maintain?

Email can be tricky, but this is an important part of any server migration.

4) What else lives on that server?
The website may only be one piece of the puzzle. Consider other ways your company might be using the server, either in the past or currently.

Are you storing any important files for clients or internal staff?
Are you running any web applications that connect to this hosting account?
Do you have any backups of either your website or other company assets on the server?
Are you running any eCommerce transactions through this server?

5) Decide how to proceed.
Once you have this information in hand, you can decide how you want to proceed with your hosting migration.

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Additional Resources:

Google Blog: Making site moves easier

Google Help Center: Transfer, move, or migrate your site

Google Developers: Moving mobile websites


1.30.2014
Design Inspiration

Event Promotion From Website to Event Posters

Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival called Aqua Vita.

They needed help with the design of a new website and assistance in promotional materials, including a poster and a video.

Aqua Vita's New Web Design for GTIAF

Aqua Vita’s New Web Design for GTIAF

Fundraising teams had already headed out and were rapidly gaining attention for their cause, but we needed to stay under budget. Not only that, but the artists, sponsors, and festival schedule were constantly changing as we worked on the site.

Lightspeed adjustments had to be made as information shifted. Knowing the work had to be completed quickly and efficiently, we focused on some of their finest artists and most attractive venues.

Their old website displayed insufficient information to be useful, and was woefully out of date.

GTIAF Old Website

Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival Old Website

Advertisement for the occasion of their 28th Festival proved the best way to quickly gain more attention on the best part of the festival – the beauty of the culture and the love of family.

We designed the event poster, showcasing the piece below,”Two Sisters” by Brent Learned, 2014 Featured Artist for the Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival.

GTIAF Event Poster

GTIAF Event Poster

Another key component was updating their event video with a new voiceover and correct dates. (See the finished video below.)Today we celebrate with them as they begin their 28th Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival honoring the Spirit of the American Indian.

As it was intended, the celebration is one of Native American culture complete with an art market, traditional storytelling and music and authentic American Indian food.

Those who attend will also discover student art, cultural demonstrations, dancing, and poetry.

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