We’ve been working closely with the Akron Press Club during the past few months to put together a site that gives them the control and flexibility they desire, with a more modern brand and generally more appealing site design. We believe we’ve done a respectable job on this one, and we invite our friends to view our work.
Our latest work can be found here – www.AkronPressClub.org. Enjoy!
As part of our newly formed relationship with the Workforce Initiative Association, Studio1337 is proud to announce the launch of RegionalBusinessNetwork.org, the new online home of the Regional Business Network, an organization devoted to assisting businesses in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties through periods of both economic challenge and opportunity.
Even in its launched state, this site will be a work in progress as we learn more about how businesses expect to make the most of the resources available through RBN. We look forward to being a part of RBN’s evolution.
Every so often, we come across something we just feel the need to share, for no particular reason other than people might be able to make some use of it. A few months ago, we decided to check out Xoom.com to transfer funds from one of our U.S. accounts to our U.K. account.
Previously, we were using Wire Transfers, which cost between $30-40 each, requiring us to be present at the bank to initiate the transfer (during their hours, of course). Each transfer took 20-30 minutes to initiate, and would take at least 24 hours to settle.
Xoom.com – $4.95 for any transfer, 24 hours per day and fund transfer between international accounts sometimes as quickly as an hour!
We can’t recommend this service enough for anyone who needs fast, reliable domestic or international money transfers. Hope someone gets some use out of this
It’s been a little while since we’ve made a launch announcement, and we are proud to make this one. We’ve officially launched the redesign of Ardmore Power Logistics, the leading 3PL company for energy utilities and vendors in North America. We are in the process of polishing up a number of additional items for Ardmore now, including new proposal folders, business cards, sell sheets and stationary.
Ardmore is a very professional business that provides critical services to very large companies. They needed a site and a more cohesive brand that both matched and communicated the strength of their market position and their overall industry value. Ardmore is an industry leader, and they deserve to look like what they are. We had a lot of fun getting them there, and we’re confident their investment in our services will pay for itself quickly.
This morning, we launched the latest version of the WaterStreetTavern.com. I’m not sure what version this is – I’ve lost count; 4.0 or 5.0 maybe? As you can see, we had some fun creating the concept for this one. I mean, what’s more iconic to a college town than one of those tear-off flyers you see pinned to bulletin boards in laundromats and convenient stores, right?
This launch coincides with the announcement that George Clinton (Parliament) will be playing at the Water Street Tavern Sunday, February 20, at 8 p.m. If that doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will!
We hope you enjoy using this site as much as we enjoyed creating it
This is a resource for our Web design and development colleagues, who probably face similar issues when presenting layouts to their clients. If you are a Web designer and this script is useful for you, please let us know! There are no credits presented in the code, and you’re free to remove all the comments and whatnot.
The biggest problem we’ve seen when presenting layouts strictly as images is the client’s computer or browser will resize them to make them fit the screen. If the client doesn’t realize it, and this will affect the quality of your product and the feedback you receive. Also, there is no point of reference for discussing layouts when more than one are presented at the same time.
So we made this little script, which places layouts as background images, and gives the client controls to view multiple versions. It’s not fancy or particularly versatile. It’s not even all that nicely coded (it’s “rough” code that could easily be refactored). But it works really well!
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3. Use as you see fit!
Some pretty exciting things are brewing here at Studio1337; with this new year comes some new business expansion opportunities that hold great promise for us and our clients.
Three areas in particular are going to be big for us:
- Web Hosting – We are in the final stages of creating a whole new business venture dedicated entirely to Web hosting. Currently, we’re operating two production (shared/reseller) servers. With new focus and new partners, we’re looking at growing this part of our business significantly over the course of the next 12 months.
- Design Packages – Our design packages are not for everyone, but for those clients who’s needs match these offerings, they have proven to be a real winner! The response we’ve received in the first couple months has been overwhelmingly positive, and we intend to grow this business channel as well.
- Web Applications – We have a handful of applications in the works that we intend to offer both on a subscription basis and as one-time purchases, which we believe both current and future clients will find to be very exciting! More announcements will follow as we get ready to roll them out.
We’re excited for 2011! Thank you to all of our great clients who make this business so rewarding
This afternoon, we launched the latest version of HappyFaceYoga.com. Gary Sikorski is an expert practitioner in facial exercise; apparently he has quite a widespread reputation! He sells an exercise program aimed at helping people look younger without expensive cosmetics or surgery. It makes sense – if you want any part of your body to look younger, tone up the muscles, right?
So Gary has this great product, and he had a very sad site, the type of site that can only be produced by a cheap sitemaker product (yes, he was using one of those), a site that had no chance of improving in search engines and made his otherwise very professional product look cheap and unappealing.
We aimed to change that, and I think things came out quite nicely! You can’t see the old site anymore, so you’ll have to take our word on how bad it was. But you can see the the new site right here – HappyFaceYoga.com. Enjoy!
Fresh off the Paris runway comes the fiery styles of Wady & Young, professional event management for corporate to high society, and everyone in-between. Wady & Young is perhaps best known for managing the annual Miss Motors Pageant, but be sure to check out all the fun events they handle (plenty will be added over time). Their gallery is a good place to start.
As you can imagine, we had quite a bit of fun working with Ashley and Felicity, the owners of Wady & Young. These are highest quality professional coordinators and managers, and their events are second-to-none. We highly recommend checking out their services!
Most people don’t know this, but we’ve been hard at work preparing for a relaunch of Studio1337.com. You’d think updating the look of a site and keeping the site’s contents relatively similar would be an easy task, but we’ve put as much time into this relaunch as we put into a detailed client project. Frankly, we’re sick of tweaking this thing; it’s time to relaunch!
So, what’s different? For starters, this new design is much more visually oriented. We’ve done some pretty darned good client work recently, but we haven’t really done a good job of showcasing it on our own site. This new site is dedicated to our clients, with an extensive collection of portfolio pieces, home page screenshots, testimonials and new case studies all over the place.
It’s tough to take care of your own properties when you’re concentrating so hard on client work, but I think the new site launch is going to pay off. We’ve been looking at this new design for almost five months now, and we’re not sick of it yet. That says something, I think…
If you feel like commenting, by all means do so! Regardless, enjoy the new site and come back for a visit every once in a while to see what’s new