We just wrapped up production on our submission for Do Something for a Cause, a calendar fundraiser featuring Portland media/tech folks baring their flesh to bring community awareness and raise funds for local charities and educational groups. This year’s recipients include p:ear and girls inc, among others. I know they are still looking for a couple more participants and sponsors, so please do let them know if you’d be interested in helping out!
Although the calendars aren’t up until 2010, you can pre-order now.
Amy Tavern is returning to Portland tonight for a trunk show at Seaplane from 7 to 10 pm (learn more). Amy has been a client of Neemore’s for the last few years and, in that time, we have become rabid collectors of her work. We’re looking forward to seeing new steel and gold pieces (as well as one of a kinds) tonight!
We’ll be out of the studio today through Tuesday, October 21st. In the meantime, take a gander of what we’ve been up to lately.
And, although we’ll be sad to miss the event, do consider stopping by this Friday’s opening of Saraveza – home of American craft beers, Belgian ales and delicious traditional Cornish pasties. Yum! We had a blast working on a simple one-page website for them over the last week and are looking forward to a visit on our return.
After getting feedback from our first round of ideas, we wanted to develop them further in the second round. As you can see, I wasn’t quite ready to let go of the lighter background, and snuck one in to this round:
This page worked great with a lighter or darker color scheme, and everybody loved it. The colors really worked, and matched the cards on the coffee bags very well. It was also nice that as you went from section to section, the colors changed to match the color scheme of the cards. The Latin America coffees have one color, the Africa coffees another, and so on.
Next we wanted to fine-tune the individual coffee page. We wanted to show every bit of detail that Stumptown knows about their coffees, including any number of photos, and also allow customers to add the coffee to their shopping cart right then and there. We also added the selection of coffee grind and quantity. Once you add it to your cart, you’re on your way.
And here is a mockup of the Varietals page. The finished version looks almost identical. We have future plans to add other features to this kind of page, but we’ll go into that a bit more laters!
The first thing we wanted to try was something very similar to the old, Flash-based site. This is very much along those lines.
We started thinking about how we would tackle other pages, and realized that the category list for coffees would be very important.
However, we didn’t really like the way this looked. We moved on to a mockup of a single coffee category, but wanted to do something that would better represent Stumptown’s emphasis on personality, color, and photography. They have a new line of bags for their coffee, which feature coffee cards that look much like baseball cards. What if we incorporated that look?
That’s more like it. You could then navigate between coffee regions (Africa, Latin America, and so on), see a nice big image and description of the region, and more.
I personally felt the colors were looking a bit too dark, so I wanted to try something lighter. Here we see our improved idea for showing the coffee regions – represent them as cards, with pictures, which look like the coffee cards folks will see in the stores.
Now we were ready to revisit our idea for the home page. This time, we wanted to just show a video. The idea was that you were jumping right into the Stumptown experience, and the little arrows on each side would let you switch between the videos.
We were really on to something, and at this point we stopped and went over our ideas with the client. And tomorrow, we’ll talk about our next round!
Needmore has just adopted a polar bear through the World Wildlife Fund.
Majestic creatures of the far north, Polar bears are the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore. They are excellent swimmers and spend most of their life in or around water. As the southern edge of the Arctic ice cap melts, in the summer, Polar bears follow the retreating sea ice. As a result of global warming, however, sea ice in the Polar bear’s hunting grounds is melting earlier and forming later each year. If present trends continue, this “king of the great white north” could be extinct by the end of this century.
The adoption feels so real, with a certificate and a wealth of information about polar bears, that we’re still deciding on a name. Interested in adoption? With the variety of animals in need of adoption, from tasmanian devils to clown fish, there is sure to be one to meet your fancy.
A bit closer to home, we recently adopted a Siamese from Cat Adoption Team, another animal friendly organization close to our hearts.
We’ve just launched Boutique Bride, an online wedding sanctuary for stylish brides in the United Kingdom.
We have a special place in our heart for London, home of our inaugural overseas journey in the fall of 2007. During this time, we were planning our own nuptials and drowning in a sea of kitsch. What we would have given for the freshness and simplicity of Boutique Bride – I fear we would have had our suitcases full to the brim!
Boutique Bride is centered around their hand-picked wedding and bridal luxuries (necessities, we dare say). Accompanying these sylish offerings is Kitty (illustrated by Sujean Rim), the site’s writer and wedding planner extraordinaire.
Not to be fooled by the simplicity of presentation, this is a full-featured Magento e-commerce website, complete with customer accounts, product management, inventory and sales tracking, credit card payments, coupon codes and content management (including blogging). While it can be a challenge to bring simplicity to such a plethora of features, we’re pleased with the marriage of form and function on this project.
The ladies at Boutique Bride are kicking off a launch party within the hour. We wish them a fabulous evening and will begin a small celebration of our own this afternoon (Sapphire happy hour is calling our name). Happy Friday!
From the simple to the ornate, Design/ers for Obama is a stunning gallery with a strong message of hope. Some of my favorites run on the simple, clean side.
Take a look and vote for your favorite!