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When you find a good thing, stick with it

When you find a good thing, stick with it

by Lee Hopkins on December 28, 2006

in Uncategorized

Over the years I have used many different graphic and web designers, each adding different ‘colours’ to the varying needs of my clients.

Some were ‘high-end’ consultants costing many tens of thousands, some were ‘low-end’ students and graduates who were eager to get their ideas ‘out there’.

Unfortunately there really hasn’t been one code or graphic designer that I have repeatedly gone back to — they have all ‘moved on’ to various other things; coding and design work is “a hard row to hoe” here in Adelaide — competition is tough as we have some of the country’s best design schools and the ‘$bargain hunting’ nature of Adelaide’s small-medium sized business community means that, for most coders and designers, a living is always something that is scraped together.

However, that said, I have recently been working with one design house that have constantly amazed me with their designs, and one coding house that have stunned me with how they are able to take a complex design and make it ‘sing’. As I have now discovered a good thing (or two, actually), I intend to stick with them.

Dynamic Web HostingDynamicWebSites are part of the DynamicWebHosting group that very kindly hosts this and the CommsCafe blog for free, so I figured that with ‘Reciprocity’ being the nice psychological principle it is, I would use the fantastic development services of Michael Legg at DynamicWebSites and he and his team were using GraphicMedia as the design team.

Graphic MediaMy client was and is developing a series of websites, firstly for an Australian Idol tie-in, then the AFL, and a continuing series of roll-outs are planned. I was constantly surprised by how good and ‘apt’ the first and second draft graphic designs were. So when a new client of mine required some graphic identity work, I asked Brad Anderson and the team at GraphicMedia to come up with some proposals.

Ovenshine Logo.jpgWithin a few days Brad emailed me back three fantastic designs, and the hardest decision was to pick one of the three. In the end we chose this one and I built a blog to house the start up business’ online services (which is very much still under construction so don’t visit the blog and criticise the lack of content, please; it’s coming).

Brad has now organised business cards (the client adores them) and fridge magnets (awaiting printing, blame the Christmas break) as part of our overall above the line marketing activity.

Seeing as how GraphicMedia, like DynamicWebSites, are based in Brisbane and not Adelaide, I have a much stronger faith that they will continue to be around for a long time to come. Both companies provide superb service, great understanding of the co-relationship of graphic design, text and online layout. Both delivered on time and on budget. I intend to use both of their services again.

Might I suggest that if you are in the need for either superb graphic media or dynamic website creation you approach these two companies — I heartily recommend them. And if you are looking for superb hosting then you need look no further than DynamicWebHosting, honestly!

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