We’re excited to unveil our latest client project: a streamlined, intuitive duo of websites for premier Oregon wine producers. Whether crafting profound, world class Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris under their Anne Amie label, or charming, fruit-forward, ready-to-drink wines by the Chateau Benoit appellate, the passionate team of winemakers, growers and tasters at Anne Amie Vineyards create wines of distinction. They came to Needmore with a jumbling array of log-ins and half-functionality and a dream of one simpe, intuitive administration area from which to organize their websites, vineyard sales and club memberships.
Some highlights of the new rails-based websites include:
- Detailed descriptions of Anne Amie Vineyards’ world-class wines and Willamette Valley vineyards, fully updateable by the vineyard.
- Online registration and information for Anne Amie’s exclusive
Vineyard Club and Chateau Benoit’s unique Cellar Club.
- Simple, easy-to-follow steps for online purchases.
- One easy log-in to administer the sites and sales.
Our redesign (in collaboration with Sonia Jones Design) focuses on graceful, intuitive access to Anne Amie and Chateau Benoit’s sublime and festive wines and emphasizes the individual personality of Anne Amie Vineyards’ distinct labels:
Anne Amie Vineyards
We’re also excited about the release of yet another Pamplin vineyard (sign up to hear when the wine is available).
Speaking of all this wine, it is about time to celebrate here at Needmore…Happy Friday everyone!
So we’ve been known to get glassy-eyed over a font. But we don’t feel so bad because most of our clients over the years seem plagued by similar knock-kneed feelings over things like coffee, handbags, t-shirts, candles, and in this case, bicycles. We’ve had the pleasure of working with the guys from Bespoke Cycling the last few months, and in addition to the distinction of being our first clients overseas (their shop is in the heart of London) they are the biggest bike fanatics we’ve ever known! Read about Bespoke Cycling as well as a duo of local projects in our latest newsletter!
So as just a general announcement, I wanted to let everyone know that Ray and Kandace, your most faithful web designers, are getting married tomorrow!
Consequently, we’ll be out of the office until next Thursday, May 10th. Feel free to write to us, but we won’t get back to you until then. If you have an emergency, you can call, but reception is pretty bad on the Oregon coast!
Take a moment to peruse our latest edition of New at Needmore and learn about our latest redesigns and find out why our tiny studio is busting at the seams these days!
We’ve just launched a playful site for Portland’s top principal casting company, Lana Veenker Casting. The site was a great deal of fun, as we were able to play with the movie theme, from spotlights in the navigation to rolling credits at the end of the site.
Read more about Lana’s site and a handful of other new projects and tidbits in November’s edition of New at Needmore.
We had the opportunity to see Stephen King talk last night, at a show presented by our friends at Literary Arts. Now, we’ll be the first to admit that we’ve never read one of his books, but he’s an influence in popular culture that you just can’t avoid, so it seemed like a great opportunity.
The best part of the evening was listening to him tell stories about his own life. He’s a funny guy, not afraid to swear and make fun of himself, and on stage he struck me as having as much in common with a comedian as a horror writer.
In the second half of the evening, he took a stack of cards from the audience and proceeded to answer questions. One, however, was not a question, but a request to wish a happy birthday to a woman in the theater who was turning 50 on that day. Mr. King led the entire audience through a moving rendition of “Happy Birthday,” only to realize afterwards that he’d read her name wrong. Oops.
“Well, it’s the thought that counts, right?” he said.
We will be out of the office for the rest of the week (until Friday, October 14th), vacationing at the Heceta Head Lighthouse, possibly the most amazing place to spend a night (or two) in Oregon.
They do have wireless Internet, so we’ll check our email every day… but don’t expect to reach us by phone!