For many of your customers, a visit to your website will be their first interaction with your brand. That first impression counts for a lot. We can help to make sure that the introduction is a positive one by working with you to understand your requirements and developing an online presence that adds real value to your business. Our web designers and programmers have a complete set of skills to create and implement any type of digital project. Needless to say, all of our website designs are standards-based and user-focused.
We aim to make your website effective, accessible and search-engine friendly with a complete range of digital services including affordable web design, content management systems, website programming, website hosting, domain name registration and management, web marketing, search engine optimisation (SEO), email marketing, e-brochures, interactive PDFs, interactive brochures and flip-books, PowerPoint presentations, CD/DVD presentations, ongoing maintenance and client support.
Global Construction Services / Website Design and Build
We worked with GCS to create a new website that showcased their growing presence in the construction services marketplace with vivid colour, bold imagery and a user-friendly interface. While the previous website focussed on shareholder communication and corporate governance compliance (after their ASX listing in late 2007), the new website builds on this by putting clients front-and-centre with easy access to products, services, divisions and community news.
With strong growth in the resource and industrial, commercial and residential markets, GCS was in a prime position to improve their online product catalogue and highlight the diversity of their offerings.
The new site is focused on showcasing GCS as the market leader. With a diverse range of on-site photography from many high-profile projects across WA, we were able to create a very visual and high-impact online presence. Along with highlighting their extensive divisions, resources and locations across Australia, we wanted to highlight the ongoing contribution GCS is making to the community with a dedicated community centre.
The site is content managed and allows the GCS team to make regular in-house updates to keep the site current. We’ve worked hard on creating a site that is visually appealing and dynamic whilst also accessible and standard compliant. The GCS brand is constantly evolving and this site allows for that natural development and growth of the brand in the future.
Design City did an amazing job and we recommend then to any business looking to implement a strong foundation in cyberspace. Having a flexible medium, cultivating real time, up-to-date information has never been more important. Planning, photography, copy writing, CMS, SEO, training, and analytics. Design City were there for us every step of the way - with talent, dedication, and a passion for website design and development
Brendan Krepp, Marketing Coordinator—Global Construction Services Limited
Barley Southall Orthodontics is an orthodontic organisation with over 18 years of experience behind them and 4 clinics currently operating in the Perth region. They came to us searching for a new CMS website design to breathe life into their online presence and reflect their team’s nature, something that would look dynamic and precise, yet warm and open.
Through some careful deliberation and collaboration, we brought their vision to life. The website that was the end product of our results is vibrant and modern, simple to navigate and manage, with plenty of great client photography to bring it all to life. We created a simple way for users to locate and access the clinic closest to them, allowing the site to also serve as a communication hub of sorts. The site was designed to keep up with the times; the amount of manageable content is huge and allows Barley Southall to show off the latest in dental techniques and equipment.
Future proofing is important for us and we endeavour to avoid an expiry date on our sites. With this in mind, we’ve built the site taking the future into account, leaving patients with a reliable way to allow Barley Southall to provide them with a beautiful, natural smile.
Fiona Vail Photography, run by the passionate Fiona Vail, create visual stories and captures the lives of their clients with stunning and emotionally-driven photography.
Design City worked with Fiona to create an online portfolio that would do something simple but very difficult: showcase the beauty, inspiration, emotion of her photography without getting in the way—a sort of pure, simple and unobtrusive interface that works with the photography. The site requirements were: simple and beautiful designs, responsive layout for smartphones, tablets and monitors, and a content management system for simple website updates.
We jumped at the opportunity to make her vision a reality. The site employs responsive image sizing to optimise image download sizes and viewing resolution—as a result, the photographs are crystal clear and fast, even to those without blazingly fast connections. The intuitive UI (user interface) is clean, simple, intuitive and contextual, giving users control when they need it and fading into the background when they don’t. The responsive design means users on smartphones, tablets, small screens, wide screens and large monitors all have optimised viewing. Social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are tied into the site, with the ability to share or pin any of the images on the site.
I find it hard to put into words how amazing it felt to see my vision come to life with the help of Design City.
Michael and his team worked closely with me throughout the whole planning, design and build process. They answered my questions and queries promptly, took note of the elements that I felt strongly about and gave valuable guidance and advice. They offered support throughout the whole process, making sure I got the balance right between my ideas and what would realistically work well within the site. The result - a stunning, professional portfolio website that makes my images shine and a true reflection of what I was aiming to achieve.
I’d like to give a special thanks to Michael Bollig for your wonderfully professional, yet personal approach. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Design City and cannot thank them enough for the incredible job they have done.
Best of the Kimberley is a licensed travel agency with over 20 years experience of living and working in the Kimberley region. They inspire wonder and awe in their clients by organising fantastic holiday itineraries at stunning locations around WA's Kimberley region. Deciding it was time to refresh their web presence, they approached the Design City team and we got straight to work on designing a sleek, modern look around the huge wealth of information that existed on their current site.
The primary goal was to create a streamlined way for users to find the tour that was right for them. With over 120 different tour packages spread across more than 20 different areas, organising everything to make a visit to the site easily and intuitively accessible was no small feat. We employed a menu that sorted each tour by location, duration and theme so the end user can find tours that would both work within their itinerary and suit their interests.
To show off the beauty of North West Australia, the site is rich with amazing photographs and full to the brim with helpful information, package deals and recommendations. So take a look, book a self drive tour in WA’s beautiful Kimberley region!
The final result is better than I envisaged at the very start of the project. I am happy with the overall presentation of the website. By doing all of the data input myself, I certainly have a better engagement with the CMS (despite some of the little hiccups along the way). I always had an understanding of the importance keywords in particular but that knowledge has been enhanced much further about Meta titles and Meta descriptions too!
[Design City] have been very easy to work with and I have appreciated the guidance and availability of you to make adjustments as required and I thank you and your team for your efforts. I am pleased that WCR did recommend your company and I certainly have already mentioned your company to a couple of tour operators and friends who have business websites.
The Tonkinson Colorectal Cancer Research Fund is an organisation dedicated to improving the lives and treatment of people with colorectal cancer by supporting medical research into the disease. Since 2009, the Tonkinson Research Fund has been working with both local and international like-minded research organisations. Tonkinson Research Fund asked that Design City build the final content managed website.
User Experience Review
To ensure usability and accessibility of the designs, we were engaged to provide some User Experience insight into the design phase and discuss our findings with the project team. We uncovered over 25 considerations over the following areas:
Technical and browser/device compatibility
Design, Build and Beyond
The brief was exciting: in cooperation with Giant Advertising and Writing by Steve Browning, create a website that would tell a story and connect with visitors on an emotional level.
The design follows clean lines, brand colours and is visually appealing. With the support of some great photography, the landing page has 4 crisp, cycling and high-resolution photos to guide users through the site and allow them to explore the content. We had to walk a fine line between image quality and site responsiveness to keep the home page animations fluid which was an interesting challenge! The site is rich with content that informs the user about the story of the organisation and it’s current projects, yet is written in a manner that is compelling to read.
The result of our collective collaboration is a stunning website that will continue to expand as the organisation continues to make an impact on colorectal cancer research.
Design City were fantastic through the build of the website. Well organised and easy to work with, they delivered a great result.
Lauren Jones—Doctor Liaison Coordinator, St John of God Subiaco Hospital
As part of a major overhaul of their brand, DM Civil were looking to build a strong online presence. Along with a bold new identity and logo, new signage, stationery, photography, DM Civil needed a website that would reflect their market position, highlight their extensive capabilities and show they’re an employer of choice.
By combining some exciting photography, video production and engaging content we’ve been able to create a visually appealing design that’s brought life to what was previously a dry topic. The site uses bold colours and a flexible layout for maximum impact no matter how you’re browsing.
The site has been built to be accessible to a minimum WCAG 2.0 AA standard, making it accessible to all users, no matter the device capability, technical restrictions/missing plugins, or users with impairments or disability.
One of the major considerations was that the site had to be responsive, so we created a full responsive mobile-first layout that complemented DM Civil's new brand. To make the site truly responsive, we integrated not one by two responsive image loading systems that dynamically load the effect size for the browser. The result? An excellent visual experience, reduced load times and overall better user experience.
The site is rich with information about their capabilities and processes, successful projects with some of WA’s largest organisations, and dynamic images of the DM Civil team in action (usually on towering trenching machines!). The rebrand showcases both internally to their team and externally to existing loyal clients the progressive direction that the business is taking, helping to evolve and grow DM Civil.
Aussie Modular Solutions (AMS) engineers, designs, manufactures and installs modular buildings for the resource, commercial and residential sectors. Formerly Aussie Portables and Alternative Living, the newly formed AMS needed to leverage its reputation as one of Western Australia’s most trusted modular, prefab and transportable providers and create a strong online identity to cut through in a very competitive market.
Design City were engaged to design and build the AMS website from the ground up, utilising the existing materials from the previous companies as well as the newly developing materials that were somewhere between planned and being created.
We initially sat down with AMS to work through the site information architecture and content strategy. We decided to move forward with a client-focused strategy as the diverse target audience of the company leant itself to creating focused areas of the site for specific user groups. We worked with a web copywriter and AMS to create the content specifically for the web and looked at innovative intelligent ways we could have users interacting with the site.
We needed to refocus our website to attract more customers for our residential product line. The website redesign looks great and the changes were put through with little effort and no issues. Design City we easy to deal with and patient in accommodating for our busy work schedules.
Terry Birnie, Operations Manager—Aussie Modular Solutions
JDSi Consulting engineers specialise in the development of urban, rural and industrial land projects. We’ve been working with JDSi since their inception, and we’re proud to continue to be a part of their growth as they become a strong player in the land and infrastructure development.
JDSi approached Design City to review their current online presence and provide some suggestion for ways we might evolve the site. Although their previous website had worked well for them, the company had grown to working on multi-million dollar projects—and their website needed to evolve to keep up and continue to add value to their business.
We started with an total design overhaul—our recent work on their Company Profile had evolved the brand significantly which would lead to a ground-up redesign of the website. With some very significant projects under their belts, we wanted the JDSi website to highlight the extensiveness of their experience with case studies on key projects. We integrated photography we took at project sites to enhance the visual appeal of the site and highlight the breadth of work covered by JDSi.
JDSi was also supporting the community, being involved in various charity and community organisations, as well as establishing an Indigenous Scholarship with the University of Western Australia. We wanted to highlight their community-minded spirit and provide an avenue for visitors to get involved as well.
The end result is a well integrated and on-brand website, with images and text combined harmoniously. The site is fully content managed, right down to the affiliation and community logos that hover in colour. Each page has been specifically crafted to highlight the most important information and retain visitor interest right down to the bottom of the page.
JDSi has utilised Design City’s expertise for all our marketing since our inception in 2007, in this short time Design City has played a vital role in establishing our brand in a specialised engineering environment. Our website and branding immediately stood out from our competitors as Design City worked closely with us to capture and portray JDSi in a personal, unique and professional way.
David Hellmuth, Founding Director—JDSi Consulting Engineers
MO Consultants provide project management and coordination of, well frankly, technologically difficult projects that scare most people. Well established, they seek to create long term relationships with clients over many projects, where they’re known for their results-driven work.
MO approached Design City to update their online image to make it more engaging and showcase the company as out of the ordinary. They found us though one of our other client websites (New Energy Corporation), and while initial conversations started around the New Energy site, it was clear that MO had their own objectives and needed something quite different to New Energy.
Finally, MO wanted a responsive website, one that would respond to the device it was being viewed on and be perfectly readable and optimised for each device. Employing a responsive design increased reach to all kinds of mobile devices, from tablets to smartphones (to whatever’s next!) and meant that a separate mobile website was unnecessary. The end result is flexible and works well across a large range of devices—have a look on your smartphone or play around resizing the browser with for yourself!
The final site is bold and beautiful, with strong lines, powerful imagery and a condensed typeface. We focussed on highlighting the industries MO serviced, as the needs of each were distinct, showcasing industry-specific projects and offering under each.
The New Energy site was unique in that not only did it need to fulfil its corporate duty, but also have a more local focus for the communities in and around the project areas. New Energy also had some pretty serious scientific concepts and processes that need to be easily understandable by the general public as well as showcasing the company's commitment to the environment and the communities in which their plants operate.
Design City designed the New Energy website to be professional and corporate, with a bright and friendly side to it. The Home page was created to funnel users to important areas of the site, but also to be entirely editable by New Energy as important events occur and need to have prime-time focus.
Much of the site was to function as an information tool for investors and the general public to learn about the company and their technology and their mission - to generate clean, renewable energy from waste diverted from landfill. To this end, we created interactive diagrams to step through the overall energy process as well as the special and environmentally superior gasification technology. The site is also a resource for the individual communities where projects are being established so they can understand positive impact it will have. This included general information as well as downloads, community news and important frequently asked questions. The site also has an integrated news system which allows the administrators simple access to publishing multiple news articles on any of the site's news sections.
As a company almost fanatical about sustainability, it was important that the site was as sustainable as possible. We organised New Energy on our very own Green Hosting - environmentally sustainable website hosting platform and ensured that things like print stylesheets were optimised so that if the pages were to be printed, they wouldn't waste paper or printer ink.
As Mundella grew, they began releasing new and exciting products and brands - it was now time their website caught up. The challenge with the website was to communicate the brand's natural and friendly personality, engage customers by really showcasing Mundella's products and allow the website to grow and change with the rapidly developing company.
Mundella's audience varies a lot being a retail company. They need to be accessible to a wide range of people, which certainly presents challenges in design and even features. The website needed above all to be family friendly; to appeal to the person who makes most of the purchasing decisions in the household and still be engaging for the rest of the family.
The website we proposed and built for Mundella achieved the following:
Conveyed the brand into the online space. The website needed to but fun and exciting with movement, but still accessible. Key focus was on ease of use and 'simplicity': web accessibility was on the top of the list.
Focused on the product lines, highlighting the range Mundella created was key for the website.
Allowed the client to manage almost every aspect of the website from the content management system. This was key because products, awards, news and health information changed regularly and it was key being able to release the information quickly.
Introduced more social networking options to extend its reach better into younger demographics.
Compared favourably to much larger dairy producers.
With the plan that we would create a clean and functional projects and investor-based website for Modun, we were inspired to create a couple of really different design options. One was more traditional, corporate and professional; while the other, a unanimous studio favourite, was more sophisticated and modern – while still maintaining the professional. We were obviously on the same page as Modun also appreciated the more modern look – utilising excellent client photography and subtly highlighting the duality of Mongolia – the old and historical with the new and modern.
The site is content managed and allows Modun unprecedented ease of use in making new market announcements and updating their project images and text. The Home page also offers excellent flexibility with plenty of customisable content areas to enable Modun to highlight all important project news. Hosted on super-fast servers, Modun's site is now a benchmark in corporate and listed company websites for our studio.
With significant progress towards their major pig iron project in Indonesia, Indo Mines Limited were looking to mature their brand image, starting with a website update and redesign. The brief was to create a more vibrant and engaging experience to match the momentum of the business, as well as evolve the functionality of the site to allow project videos and better shareholder communication. We also took the opportunity to add some additional information for shareholders about the company's community involvement and the resource itself.
With years of experience with the original site and using the content management system, we were able to work with the client to easily find ways to add value to the current site without blowing the budget. Improvements were made to make the site more flexible to allow Indo Mines to showcase some of their more important news and improve the overall appeal of the site. We've even mapped out some nice additions down the track.
Tank and Vessel Engineering specialise in the servicing, maintenance and repairs of all kinds of tanks and vessels. They work with clients around WA in the rail, industrial, marine, offshore and mining industries and have been enjoying great success working with some of the industries largest players.
TVE approached Design City to update an aging web presence. We worked together to leverage the great work TVE was doing by increasing their exposure in the marketplace. The brief was or a clean website that was user-friendly, suitable for viewing behind company firewalls and on-the-go and would capitalise on their growing name.
The website creates is clean and bold, focussing on the service areas and completed projects to give prospective clients an understanding of the scope of TVE’s work. We also created a client reporting area where TVE can upload reports and create secure login areas for clients to access important information.
Design City has assisted us in developing our company website which I believe is a great success and has definitely added value to the Company. They were extremely professional in every aspect and did a fantastic job. Working with them was a pleasant and easy experience. I would recommend Design City to anyone seeking similar services as their work is nothing but impressive.
Anusha Dassanayake, Systems Manager—Tank and Vessel Engineering (WA) PL
Heritage Trail Lodge is a boutique 4 star hotel located in Margaret River. Located right on the edge of the beautiful Bramley Forest overlooking the tall Karri trees, it is an ideal holiday spot for a pampering or just a weekend getaway.
Heritage Trail Lodge came to us looking to modernise their online presence and integrate a new booking engine to take bookings online even easier than before. The new site would allow weekly updates (to content, images, galleries... everything really!) via the content management system in the back-end, as well as new accommodation specials and offers and heaps of information and images on the location, region, rooms and facilities. We integrated email newsletters, social media like Facebook and Twitter, as well Trip Advisor widgets, and the ability to share any page easily. The whole website was designed to really give the visitor a glimpse of the beauty and luxury on offer - and we're really happy with the way the site and design turned out.
Working in a competitive space like accommodation in Margaret River, we worked hard with Heritage Trail Lodge to optimise the site and content for improved Google search rankings. Heritage Trail Lodge are now ranking competitively on their search terms after only a few weeks of the new site being up - a great achievement indeed!
We love the great job Design City did on our new website! It looks absolutely fantastic and the traffic and online bookings have increased enormously since it was published. Their very knowledgeable design and web development teams were excellent. They were very professional and helpful, bringing our project in on time and on budget. We can't recommend them highly enough...
Risk Point came to Design City looking for a website design that really took the business to a new level. As a risk management consulting and advisory business, Risk Point were looking to leverage the advances in technology and social media to get their online presence working harder for them.
We sat down with Risk point at the beginning of the project to talk through some ideas and strategies that would work well for their type of business and we're happy to say much of what was discussed in that meeting made it to the website. The brief for the website design was to create a site which was clean, professional and evolved the current corporate branding. We were also involved in creating graphics for many of Risk Point's models, with the difficulty being keeping a balance between something that is visually appealing, easy to understand and easy to follow.
We worked directly with Risk Point's website developer for this project, who did the website build from our visuals.
In the newest incarnation of the Demeter Wealth Management website (we worked on their old site, back in, gosh, 2005?), our main focus was to really highlight how different Demeter is from your average financial services company. From the dozens of inspirational quotes and stunning imagery, the site is friendly, inviting and a pleasure to use: what a change from some of their competitors!
The inclusion of the client centre that brings together the latest news, reviews, videos, case studies and FAQs is a great plus for keeping clients in the loop. Updated regularly, the site will keep working for Demeter for a long time to come. We also worked to highlight a call to action on key pages, leading people to book that appointment or register for the seminar.
All in all we’re pumped about the new Demeter Wealth Management site – take a look around and we think you might be too!
Working with the team at Design City has delivered - not just a visual website for publication - but an opportunity to explore who and what demeter stands for, the values encompassed, the clients we act for, and the services we offer. Building our online presence with Design City allowed for the integration of visual, commercial and ethical concepts that were once just thoughts. We now have an online presence that accurately reflects our business intentions, and works seamlessly with our in-house business offering… Thanks Team, it continues to be an unfolding and rewarding experience working with you…
Hot Chili Limited currently making the important position from explorer to project developer. Hot Chili has a portfolio of large multi-commodity copper projects in Chile and with rapid growth in the value of the company, it has outperformed most of its peers recently. Productora is Hot Chili’s flagship multi-commodity copper project, with an operating underground mine and large-scale multi-commodity copper resources amenable to multi-km scale open pit operations.
Following on from their successful IPO (or Intital Public Offering), Hot Chili needed an investor website that was informative and as easy to use as possible. On the top of the to-do list was a projects section that highlighted the advances they'd made on their projects and an investor section capable of evolving with the company and providing investors with all the information they need (as well as fulfilling their legal requirements from ASIC). We also did some copywriting for Hot Chili to help focus the content and really highlight the important aspects of the projects clearly (especially important since the content was specifically written for the more verbose Prospectus). The site also included a newsletter manager that allowed Hot Chili to email investors important news and releases as they happen.
Hot Chili rebranded in 2011 and we reskinned and updated the website to match this new branding. From here the website was much cleaner and visual, focusing on the new achievements of the company.