RK Media is a Chicago based media representation firm that partners with B2B trade publishers, special interest publications and websites selling advertising space. Ryan, who established the company in 2006, did not have a website. So I created one from scratch for him and his wife Melissa, who joined him at the company in 2016. The dramatic photographs on the home page incorporate a parallax effect, which draws the eye to tell their story. A clean, classy, and very effective B2B website.
I have been working with Vacationland Sales for over 10 years. John, the owner, who is a very nice man, does not have an email address. He has quite a Rolodex on his desk in his large office on the edge of Sandy Pines RV resort in Hopkins, Michigan. Park Model Homes are not as well known as RVs, so one of the purposes of the website is to explain what they are and their advantages.
Another purpose is to advertise the Park Models and RV trade-ins on their lot. This is the third upgrade to their website with a new look, and new CMS to make it much easier for Barb, who updates the website, to add new listings. John takes the pictures.
Another brand new website for a brand new client. Mark of Connor Advertising called me and asked me to help him with a website that he had been working on for some time. He almost had it. The layout, pictures, and text were all in website form, but it needed the magic of a content management system to really make it work like Mark wanted.
Take a look at the website. I am very proud of the way this one came together. The use of Google Maps through a WordPress plugin makes the site dynamic in ways that are new and very helpful for this application. I feel it is a very useful tool for small to medium size business owners to market their billboard space online.
Brand new website for a new client – GLAMA, the Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association, located in Kalamazoo, MI. Very exciting to be working with this non-profit organization. They have been supporting acoustic music in SW Michigan since the late 80’s. The board members are a very nice group of people and very ambitious to create and edit their own website. It has been a fun process and they are wonderful people to work with.
Brand new website for the upcoming documentary, ‘Diary of a Bodybuilder’, by Director/Actor Joe Quinn. What a fun project this is and Joe is one sweet man. He has been a bodybuilder since he was a boy, and has competed in a number of tournaments over his years, now in his sixties and still competing. The website is a “one page” type of site, which means the major amount of information is on the home page in different sections so visitors only have to scroll, not click, to view the site content. Site features video from the upcoming documentary and it looks like it will be a good one.
I have been working with the Historical Association of South Haven, HASH, since 2004. I did their first website, and then updated it to a dynamic, Content Management System (CMS) a few years ago. I just completed a third “responsive” website upgrade for HASH to a mobile/tablet-friendly website using WordPress (CMS), taking advantage of its dynamic content management.
They are a wonderful non-profit organization to be involved with and I am very grateful for the experience. Nice, nice people and so much interesting subject-matter. I learn something new every time I add content to their website.
Mr Grocery is my neighborhood corner store. When you live out where I do, you really appreciate that there is a corner store even if it’s a couple miles away. I can actually walk to Mr Grocery and have been doing their website since John, the new owner, purchased the business in 2009. By 2010 Mr Grocery really started to take on a new life, and if you look at the history page on their website you can see the transformation.
I recently did an upgrade to the Mr Grocery website. While their old site was just fine it was not Mobile-Friendly. For a Gas Station/Market out in the country, that is not good enough these days. They needed a mobile-friendly site and they wanted to update a few key things on the site themselves like their hours or the picture and information on the home page. I made him a couple of short instructional videos and ‘how to’ reminders. John says it is now very simple to update his own website.
The West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association is a “green industry” non-profit organization whose members are West Michigan landscape designers and contractors, landscape management companies, wholesale nurseries and retail centers. Very nice people to work with, they wanted a site to promote events and their members. They also wanted a site they could update themselves.
I have known Bob since college, we worked together on a film project back then. He did a lot for me and I owed him a favor, so when we reconnected after many years, I was glad to help him with his website. He is a working Director of Photography in the Chicago area and anywhere else a film/video shoot takes him.
Yes, that is Rick Bayless in the little thumbnail picture. Bob is the DP on the excellent series: Mexico, One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, who is the owner of a few famous restaurants in Chicago.
Title Historian is a website I did quite a few years back. It does not use a content management system. The site is very simple and I no longer do websites this way; completely by hand using html and css code written solely by myself, but I like the design of the site and it still faithfully serves its purpose.