Website for Mobiles

With the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets now being used to browse the web, many people are becoming concerned about how their website will look and work when viewed on devices other than the traditional computer screen.

After all, the screens on these devices are much smaller than a computer monitor and, thanks to their inbuilt accelerometers, can orientate the picture into a landscape or portrait presentation.

At Studio Devon, we advocate the practice of Responsive Web Design to strive to ensure that, whatever the size of the screen browsing the website, the web page adapts itself to be seen in its best light.  To us, this is a much more elegant and practical option than having a separate website specifically developed to be served up to mobile devices.

Our first foray into responsive web design is the Babbacombe Festival ticket website, which has just been launched.  A striking yet simple site, this looks equally good on a large computer monitor or a mobile phone and, most importantly, is already attracting buyers for tickets for the various exciting and interesting events that are being held in the Babbacombe Festival marquee this June.

To have a look at how much better looking and easier to use a responsive website is on a mobile or tablet, point your iPad at www.babbacombefestival.com.

Heronbridge Redesigned

Heronbridge compass logoHeronbridge Investment Managers recently asked Studio Devon to revamp their website and give it a new design.  They had seen our work with other institution Highclere and wanted a similar modernisation of their online image.

Only too pleased to help, we quickly imported their existing site into a new layout and then offered a selection of images for them to choose from to use in the site.  They opted for a nautical theme.  After amending the page text that they wanted to see on their site we were able to complete the work in very short order – and for a very reasonable price.

To visit the Heronbridge site, go to www.heronbridge.com.

Adding Value to Regatta Website

The official Torbay Week regatta website was one of the first websites that Studio Devon worked on. We designed and built a comprehensive site full of information for competitors and spectators alike.

Members of the regatta team subsequently maintained the site, adding their own pictures and stories as the years passed. This year, we were approached to take the website one step further by integrating in an online entry system to allow competitors to register and pay for their regatta entry via the web.

This presented an interesting programming exercise for us, different from the usual design-and-build work we are normally asked to do. We built a database and a clever webpage which stepped the user through a process of entering their boat details, selecting the races they want to enter and then selecting their payment method.

After an acceptance test by the regatta team, the new functionality is now live on the Torbay Week website ready for this year’s event in August.

2014 Update

After a change in personnel within the regatta committee, development of their website was taken on by another designer who has produced a new look while retaining much of the original Studio Devon code.

New online shop released

For many years, St Marychurch-based picture gallery Portfolio has been successfully supplying quality prints and canvases to the South Devon public. Recently, they decided to expand their business into the online world with a website from which to display and sell a fuller range of pictures.

They turned to Studio Devon to design and develop the site. We looked at their corporate image and turned it into a stylish web design, backed up by a database to store the online shop and product elements. This allows products to be added, deleted or changed without editing HTML code.  Allied to Paypal integration, the site offers a striking and customer-friendly shopping experience.

Released just a couple of days ago, the Portfolio Gallery website is set to offer a 24-7 expansion of the Portfolio business.

You can visit the website via www.portfolio-gallery.co.uk.

Mongolia is the next big thing!

OK, we realise that Mongolia is already big, over 600,000 square miles, according to the Studio Devon world atlas. But we are talking economically here, not geographically.

So says Clear Lakes Capital, Studio Devon’s latest client. We have just launched their new website to introduce and encourage people to recognise the potential in this progressive country.

Three weeks was all the time that passed between initial contact and publication of the finished website, and the client was extremely pleased with our reasonable rates as well as our speed of response.

Autumn 2014 update

The Clear Lakes business has evolved and moved onto another website which is no longer provided by Studio Devon.