We just launched our new website – and, what an experience it has been!
First, I’d like to give props to Tony Piscotti and Emily Johnson who designed our original website.
7 years ago I never dreamed how important a website would be for us. Tony and Emily, a web designer and graphic designer/illustrator respectively, offered to design a site (for just me at the time) with the idea of building up their own portfolios. I truly believe the amazing site they built is responsible for a good chunk of the business we garnered early on and I’m still asked about it today.
Thank you Tony and Emily, for forever.
As the business grew, I tried out several more web designers in an attempt to adapt the site to what we now needed. I quickly learned – ‘you get what you pay for’. It would be years before I could afford my ‘dream site’, but I started dreaming about it anyway.
Cut to 6 months ago – when the dream team came together.
I met Ward Nipper years ago when I first started the business and was still taking clients for custom interiors. I made him a few sets of window treatments and we always had fun talking shop. Ward, a longtime graphic designer, recently churned up his old love of figure drawing and started posting work on Facebook. I was in love. I bought a piece for the shop and when it came time to give the new website a distinctively artistic look, I knew he was the man for the job.
We had a great time on a photo shoot with model Giselle (a gorgeous TNS student) and he developed the drawings from that session. See more of his work here.
Thank you, Ward.
A lot of you already know Jessica Jones’ work and blog. She’s a big-pants graphic designer and I feel lucky to be able to work with her. I feel even luckier to be her friend.
She ‘got me’ from day 1 and has delivered more material that I instantly loved, than anyone I’ve ever worked with. That’s not to say I’m not a complete thorn in her side, changing my mind left and right, but she’s the consummate professional and has always left me completely satisfied. That’s saying a whole lot. See more of her work here.
Thank you, Jess.
Finding the ‘web guy’ to build this site was the scariest piece. As mentioned, I have gone through several designers who were far from adequate. Granted, I’m a picky, picky girl, but now I was ready and able to afford the right person.
The question became, can it be done? I’d had too long to dream . . . of a site that could keep track of a student’s path through different classes and in turn, skills gained. AND, a site where we could sell everything in our store in a well-designed simple, yet sophisticated way. Tall order.
I can’t even tell you what all Zak Hardage accomplished, but I have a strong feeling it’s part magic. We used the Shopify platform, but I’m pretty sure Zak came up with ‘workarounds’ that Shopify themselves will soon have to incorporate. He did it. That’s really all I can say – he gave me everything I wanted.
If you need a site built, I can’t recommend him more highly. He’s endlessly patient too. While I’m a raging lunatic on one end, he never veered from kind and professional. See more of his work here.
Thank you, Zak.
And, a gigantic thank you to my man, Chris. He has been by my side every step of the way, helping me plan, plot, compose, edit and of course just listen to me moan. I don’t have any idea how I would have done it without him.
Now, I shall go on a european vacation in my mind.